The Mets today denied they are considering changing their skyline logo after fans on Twitter reported a minor alteration on the club’s social media accounts.
Reportedly, the silhouette of the UN Headquarters to the far right of the baseball logo was replaced with the Citigroup Center and its slanted roof.
The Mets are within their rights to change their logo, but doing so would be a mistake. Perhaps not on the level of, say, New Coke, but still a mistake.
Mets’ fans are a proud and loyal bunch that cherishes the 53-year history of the team that drives them nuts. They were legitimately concerned and angry when Citi Field opened with more a Brooklyn Dodgers’ presence than the Mets.
Changing the logo is akin to tampering with the team’s history, and that’s something ownership apparently doesn’t understand … or ignores.
Based on the outcry on Twitter, the fallout from a logo change would be long and loud.
And deservedly so.
INJURY UPDATES: Reliever Vic Black and a mild rotator-cuff strain in his right shoulder and won’t throw for at least five days.
Although I don’t know why, they should just shut him down for the remainder of the season. It’s not like they will learn anything new.
Also, the news isn’t good for Jeremy Hefner, who could undergo a second Tommy John surgery.
WRIGHT NOMINATED: David Wright was nominated by the Mets for MLB’s annual Roberto Clemente Award, which honors the player for his off-the-field contributions.
Here’s part of the Mets’ nominating letter to MLB:
“He launched the David Wright Foundation in 2005 to provide aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development and education for children in need in New York City and his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
Over the past five years, the foundation has expanded its scope and raised more than $600,000 for a variety of charitable organizations, including the United States Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots, the Ronald McDonald House, the Virginia Tech Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Police Athletic League and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association — a tribute to his police-officer father — as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for whom David hosts children at Citi Field on a regular basis.
David has been a leader in his adopted hometown of New York City ever since putting on a Mets uniform. Every season, David visits a firehouse around the anniversary of Sept. 11 to recognize our fallen heroes and offer support to the hard-working members of the FDNY. He has spread good cheer to Sept. 11 families during Tuesday’s Children visits to Citi Field.
After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York, David donated $250,000 through his foundation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC to help the city recover and rebuild. He toured Staten Island communities that were hit hard by the storm and visited students at a local elementary school along with the New York City School Chancellor.
Inspired by the men and women working to rebuild their communities, David launched The Wright Thing in 2013 to honor and recognize volunteers who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of individuals and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Each month that season, David met with individuals who dedicated time and effort to help their fellow New Yorkers in need. The honorees received an autographed miniature third base and VIP tickets behind third base. They also had the chance to install third base with the grounds crew and had their story told through a video tribute on Citi Vision.
The Wright Thing has continued this year, with Wright saluting heroes from the New York City Police Department. The initiative underscores David’s admiration of law-enforcement personnel as his father, Rhon, served in the Norfolk Police Department for 30 years before retiring as assistant police chief in January.’’
TONIGHT’S METS LINEUP vs. MIAMI:
Juan Lagares, cf
Daniel Murphy, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Wilmer Flores, 2b
Curtis Granderson, rf
Matt den Dekker, lf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Bartolo Colon, rhp