Among the few items not auctioned off by the Wilpons when Shea was demolished...the patent on Shea Stadium's innovative "Convertible Stadium."
This cutting edge technology patent covered the movable seats that let Shea host both baseball and football games. Sadly, this patent did not ensure the teams you watched from your movable seat would be good.
Loge13 took a bit of a break for a few weeks while we dealt with some professional matters. But today we were able to honor a cherished tradition - attending the last home game of the Mets season.
Usually the finale is a melancholy milestone - the end of summer and the official crushing conclusion of another Mets season. Last year, we had a bit of an excitement when old what's his name bunted his way to the NL batting title.
And 2012's Citi sendoff promised even greater history - R.A. Dickey's quest for win #20. And he did not disappoint, pitching 7.1 solid innings, striking out 12 and allowing only 3 runs in the Mets' 6-5 victory.
"It wasn't very hard for him, because his room has been decorated in
orange and blue from the very get-go. He has murals on the wall of
baseball players and Shea Stadium. I've given him replicas of Shea
Stadium throughout the years. He had two stadium seats in his closet,
bolted to the floor so he can sit in them and get dressed every morning
for school. Whenever a stadium flashes up on TV, he goes, 'Is that my
"He just turned 8, and he's a pretty good athlete. He was hitting a
pitched ball before he was 3 years old. So his hand-eye coordination is
there. He's one of the best football players on his team. ... He's paid
me back for a lot of the bad things that I've done in my life up to this
point. He's my one that I have to go get out of the principal's office
from time to time. He's a great kid."
At this point, I am wondering if Chipper will go into the Hall of Fame as a Met.
"I am glad he is leaving, because he kills us," David Wright said. "But I
think he will be missed, just because it's funny thinking of the
Atlanta Braves without Chipper -- they kind of go hand-in-hand."
For the record, I will not be paying tribute to Chipper this weekend.
We all knew this was going to be a rough year. Fortunately, the Mets surprised with a remarkably strong first half of the season, ending up 46-40 at the All-Star break. David Wright was posting career stats. Dickey made the All-Star squad. Johan exorcised our no-no demons. So if nothing else, at least The Mets wouldn't embarrass themselves in 2012.
Not so fast.
It seems the Mets may be on pace to have the worst second half collapse in baseball history, according to the WSJ. As they see it:
"No team that was more than five games above .500 before the break (the
Mets were 46-40) had a second-half record worse than the Mets' 13-29--a
.310 winning percentage. If the Mets keep it up, they'll sink even
further than the 1983 Angels, who went 42-36 (.538) in the first half,
then 28-56 (.333) in the second."
So now The Mets have a goal - play better than .333 baseball so we don't end up like the 1983 Angels.
Here's a helpful chart to put it all in perspective: