— Days Without Shea —


by Kingman on September 9 at 8:12AM
As mentioned the other day, the Mets are honoring Chipper Jones all weekend. Loge13 does not condone this behavior but we are pleased to see any references to Shea Stadium in the news.

Here is the Chipper/Shea tribute painting the Mets commissioned for Jones in recognition of his relentless torment of Met fans:

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At a press conference, Chipper was asked about his eight-year-old son Shea and whether it was difficult for the boy to understand why he was named after a demolished stadium for a one-time hated rival team:

"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 stadium dad?'

"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.


[September 9, 2012 1:39 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Dear Kingman,
Hearing the Mets would not be allowed by MLB to wear first responder caps during the game of 9-11, I sent an E-Mail to the Mets expressing my disgust and for them to defy MLB and any and all repercussions it may cause and WEAR THE CAPS in game.
I was answered with a voice mail from Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Mr. David Newman. He told me he would be in his office, tomorrow (Monday) afternoon to discuss my concerns. I'm telling you this so that if any other LOGE 13'ers feel the same way, they too can express their concerns. His number is 718-565-4305....Paul


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I didn't post after  the first four games because I didn't want to jinx our winning streak. Now that that's out of the way, I can say:

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, NEW YORK METS!

Today is the day. Celebrate by watching Johan do his thing. And take eight minutes to watch this:





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by Kingman on March 7 at 10:27AM
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Great post over at MetsHotCorner.com about our favorite subject, Shea Stadium.

Definitely go over and read the entire homage to Shea. This graf especially rang true:

"It was a treat to sit in field level and all the good eats were down there - yet I still preferred a hot dog. You felt special in the Loge, but Mezz was just as good. You always found yourself in the Uppers with your second family, but that was the best spot in the park. You saw everything from up there and with your people."

Shea always was a tiered community, united by everyone's love for the Mets. In the new ballpark, thanks to endless promotions and corporate boxes, many in attendance are barely aware a game is going on. Fans migrate from restaurant to bar to center field to stores, occasionally glancing at TV's to check the score. Shea was where people came to see a game, because there wasn't much else to do (especially after they closed Casey's Pub!).







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Hi all,

Kingman is back after a few earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and work projects. Apologies for the absence.

The Mets response to the attacks of September 11th were remarkable. From Bobby Valentine and the team being stuck in Pittsburgh to their efforts working at Shea, there are many tales to tell. And of course, there was that amazing first game back, capped by Piazza's home run.

Here is video from September 11, 2008, during the last days of Shea. On this ten-year anniversary weekend, Loge13 and the Kingman family remember all those who lost their lives and give eternal thanks to those angels who went in to rescue strangers. Never forget.





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Yesterday, Larry Jones reminisced about Shea Stadium.

In today's NY Times, Barry Larkin talked about how he almost became a Met and how much he loved Shea Stadium...so much that the middle name of his oldest daughter is D'Shea. That's two non-Met ex-major leaguers who named kids after our beloved Shea. I am still not aware of anyone naming a child after Citi Field. Would that be a boy's name or girl's name? Either way, I have decided the next kid a father will be named after Loge13.
Here is the relevant bit from the Larkin interview:

Larkin had a chance to play in October with the Mets in 2000. The Mets traded for Larkin that July, agreeing to send their top prospect, outfielder Alex Escobar, and pitchers Eric Cammack and Jason Saenz, to Cincinnati. None of the players had much of a career, and Larkin, who hit .313 that season, might have helped the Mets win the World Series.

But Larkin vetoed the trade and signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Reds.

"I'm happy I stayed where I was," Larkin said. "In '99, we had a one-game playoff against the Mets. So I was thinking, at that time, we still had a chance to win in Cincinnati."

Even so, Larkin said he would have come to Shea Stadium if the Mets had offered a multiyear deal. His wife was excited about it, said Larkin, who so enjoyed playing in New York that he had given his oldest daughter, Brielle, the middle name D'Shea.

"I absolutely loved it there," Larkin said. "I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was a kid, so I loved the roar of the engines so close to La Guardia, and the energy of the fans. They would get on me, 'Yo, Larkin, you stink!' And if I did stink at the time, I would say, 'Yeah, I do,' and they'd start laughing. I always had great interaction with the fans. Every time I would go there, I'd recognize some of the same guys. I just really, really enjoyed that."




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Portland construction company said

Well,the old stadiums were constructed in a sound fashion.The designs are very constructive and creative.We can copy these designs.


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