Chipper has some sage advice for the rebuilding Mets: rebuild Shea Stadium
Make no mistake. Jones, like David Wright, misses Shea Stadium.
"Citi Field is a lot bigger than Shea; it doesn't affect me as much as
it affects Wright and [Jason] Bay and those guys," said Jones, who will
return to Atlanta's starting lineup tonight following knee and quad
injuries. "At Shea there was a jet stream out to right-center. I've seen
David tattoo balls here that sometimes get caught that would have been
home runs at Shea. It's funny to see those guys lace a ball off the wall
and get to second base and look at me, like 'Damn!' It can be
And so it was in the first inning last night, as
Wright blasted a long double off the wall in left-center to drive in the
Mets' only run. Wright crushed the pitch from Tim Hudson, but had no
hope of clearing the fence.
"I've played here long enough to know that's not a home run here," said Wright, a hint of dejection in his voice.
"You better swallow your pride when you walk into this park," said
Jones, who added he has no plans to retire, "and try to hit the ball
into the gaps and concentrate on being a .300 hitter instead of a
30-home run guy."
Added Wright, "It's a big park, there's no sense whining about it."
Indeed. At some point, ownership is going to need to consider the wisdom of moving the fences. There has to be a way.