— Days Without Shea —

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 frustrating."

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."

We should listen to Larry. After all, he named his daughter Shea.

[August 6, 2011 6:40 PM]  |  link  |  reply
G-Fafif said

Chipper's son, actually, but yeah, even Larry Jones recognizes something's wrong.

[August 7, 2011 2:52 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman Author Profile Page replied to G-Fafif

Indeed. At some point, ownership is going to need to consider the wisdom of moving the fences. There has to be a way.

[August 6, 2011 11:54 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

The ballpark isn't going to change substantially, but maybe our hitters should listen to Chipper's batting tips.

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