“Toto, there’s no place like home.”

I don’t know why it took criticism and a year to do these things, but better late than never. Even so, the Mets made three announcements Saturday reflecting the ties to their past that should have been announced when Citi Field opened.

CITI FIELD: Missed the link to the old.

CITI FIELD: Missed the link to the old.

First, various VIP entrances were named after: Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver and Casey Stengel. The outfield bridge will be named Shea bridge.

Secondly, there will be a Hall of Fame, which should have been in the original blue prints. It will be next the Jackie Robinson Rotundra.

Lastly, there will be banners of Mets players on Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and the light poles in the parking lots will be adorned with the team’s logo.

Yes, this is something that should should have been done in the beginning, but better late than never. I love it when a team acknowledges its past. The Mets history isn’t as successful as several teams, say the Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals, but it is colorful and rich and closing in on 50 years.

There’s no question the fans honor Mets history. The team should do the same.

12 thoughts on ““Toto, there’s no place like home.”

  1. I hope they’re not looking for a pat on the back for doing this. I’ve been in a lot of parks and never have I been in one that ignored the home team. Even in shared facilities like Giants Stadium and Heinz Field they put up and take down banners and signs for the team playing that day. The decorating of the new field is just one more leading indicator of the incompetance of the Met organization.
    2. Sadecki: Agree completely about the retiring of unis from ’86. They retired Casey Stengel who had no success in a Met dugout, they retired the manager and best player from a ’69 team that wasn’t nearly as talented as the ’86 bunch. Its not like they’re running out of numbers like the Yankees are! If they don’t like the players then Davey Johnson… I think he did a tad better tan Casey did.

  2. I caught that yesterday too.

    I agree. This is late. It shows the organization really is not in tune with the history of this team.

    Seaver is our only Hall of Fame player, but there are other players over the years who should be honored.

    Mookie was a fan favorite, Bud Harrelson, Straw, Doc, Darling, Carter, Cleon Jones, etc.

  3. Speaking of shared facilities, the Giants were very lucky to win today. If you missed because of your great anticipation for the Jet/Pat game, after playing well for 3 quarters their defense collpsed once again, only to be saved by the landing of a coin that gave them the ball to start OT.

  4. I just hope that the ushers get rid of their Philadelphia Phillie maroon shirts and go with something more Met like.