— Days Without Shea —

http://www.loge13.com/images/SheathroughCiti_091207.pngI guess this is the new stadium equivalent of a do-over.

The Mets put out a press release over the weekend announcing some more pronounced changes at Citi Field to recognize team history.

The Mets will now name prominent entrances into the stadium after Gil Hodges, Casey Stengel and Tom Seaver.

And they will name the bridge out in right-center field SHEA BRIDGE.

This is all great news but it is stunning that everyone else but the Mets realized this was a good idea long before Citi Field ever got built. As the saying doesn't go...Those who ignore the past are condemned NOT to repeat it. If the Mets want to be champions, they need to recognize their legacy and celebrate it, not auction it off in pieces.

Here is the full release:

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets today announced plans to expand the presence of club history at Citi Field next season in a variety of ways including renaming areas of the ballpark after Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver and William A. Shea.

The Mets also have re-formed the Mets Hall of Fame Committee, and will increase the number of visuals commemorating great players and moments both inside and outside the ballpark. The Mets previously announced a 2010 opening of the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum at Citi Field.

RENAMING OF AREAS IN BALLPARK The Mets will rename and visually theme Citi Field's VIP entrances and outfield bridge after individuals who made an indelible mark on the club. First Base VIP will be named after Hodges to honor the manager who led the Mets to their first World Championship in 1969. Third Base VIP will honor Seaver, the Hall of Fame pitcher and Mets leader in wins, earned run average and strikeouts. Left Field VIP will be named after Stengel, the first manager in Mets history. The outfield bridge will be dedicated as Shea Bridge, honoring the legacy of the man who was the driving force to bring National League baseball back to New York after the departure of the Dodgers and Giants.

METS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE The centerpiece for Mets memorabilia will be the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and accessible from both inside and outside the ballpark. A re-formed Mets Hall of Fame Committee will evaluate potential inductees, and is comprised of a combination of media members with a long-standing connection to the club and Mets front office staff.

Media members on the committee are: Marty Noble, the Mets.com beat writer who is entering his fifth decade covering the team; Gary Cohen, the New York native and voice of the Mets on SNY who has been a Mets broadcaster for 21 years; and Howie Rose, a Queens native and radio voice of the Mets on WFAN who has covered the team for 21 years on radio and television.

The Mets committee members are: Dave Howard, executive vice president, business operations who has been with the organization for 18 years; Jay Horwitz, vice president, media relations who just completed his 30th season with the team; Tina Mannix, senior director, marketing who has been with the Mets for nine years; and former Mets pitcher Al Jackson, a pitching consultant who is entering his sixth decade with the Mets. Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon serves as ex-officio.

"The re-formation of the Mets Hall of Fame Committee is central to our concerted efforts to better connect our present and future to our past," said Wilpon. "It reinforces the organization's and our fans' shared desire to recognize our greatest players. With our 2010 opening of the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum at Citi Field, now was the time to bring this group together."

Candidates will be evaluated on their impact on the field while in a Mets uniform, how they represented and affected the organization and their place in Mets history.

The Mets Hall of Fame was established in 1981 with an inaugural class of Joan Payson, the first Mets owner, and Casey Stengel, the first Mets manager. The Mets Hall of Fame has 21 members including former players, managers, front-office executives and broadcasters. Tommie Agee was the last person inducted in 2002.

The following is the list of Hall of Fame members in order of the year they were inducted:

Joan Payson (1981); Casey Stengel (1981); Gil Hodges (1982); George M. Weiss (1982); William A. Shea (1983); Johnny Murphy (1983); Ralph Kiner (1984); Bob Murphy (1984); Lindsey Nelson (1984); Bud Harrelson (1986); Rusty Staub (1986); Tom Seaver (1988); Jerry Koosman (1989); Ed Kranepool (1990); Cleon Jones (1991); Jerry Grote (1992); Tug McGraw (1993); Mookie Wilson (1996); Keith Hernandez (1997); Gary Carter (2001); and Tommie Agee (2002).

The Mets will announce further details about the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum in the coming weeks.

IMAGERY & TEAM COLORS Next season, fans will be greeted by Mets colors as they approach Citi Field with full-color banners of Mets players on Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Mets logos will be added on entry points to the parking areas and on the light poles in the parking lots. The addition of team colors will continue inside the ballpark with staircases painted with blue and orange and more Mets logos throughout the ballpark. Flowers in the gardens at Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda will also be blue and orange.

"These additions amplify our commitment to better recognize our team's heritage and honor the players and memories our fans cherish," said Howard. "Ownership is acting upon our fans' desire to see more Mets around the ballpark. We hear our fans loud and clear and these additions continue the process that started last season."


[November 22, 2009 2:56 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

was this in The Onion? Oh wait, it's real. Untill I see it in person next April, it's just talk to me. But right now, it's good talk.

[November 23, 2009 10:46 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

I like this, it's a positive move in the right direction. I was especially pleased with the folks selected for the HOF committee. All are have been around through the good and bad years and not Wilpon pawns.

Let's keep this up Fred!!!

[December 10, 2009 8:56 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Lou Constantinou said

WHEN WILL METS PUBLIC RELATIONS GET IT RIGHT !

1.SEATS SHOULD ALL BE BLUE AND ORANGE

2.ALL WALLS SHOULD BE BLUE AND KEEP ORANGE STRIPE AT TOP.

3.BRIDGE IN CENTER BLUE AND ORANGE.

4.FOUL POLE KEEP ORANGE

5.MAIN GATE OF JACKIE ROBINSON AREA SHOULD STAY IN BACK OF ROTUNDA BUT FRONT AREA HONOR 69 AND 86 METS.

6. HONOR TOM SEAVER EVEN THOUGH YOU TRADED HIM AWAY !

7.GIL AND CASEY HONORED AREAS.

OH LAST OF ALL DON'T HAVE DOMINICAN NIGHT WHEN SAMMY SOSA AND CUBS ARE IN TOWN AGAIN SO HE CAN HIT A HOMER WITH OUR FANS CHEERING HIM. WOULD YOU EVER CATCH CLASSY YANKEES DOING THAT ! THANK YOU


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