The remaining section of Shea Stadium fell this morning. Click on to Hot Foot for the video.
However, the Mets could still honor their Shea history by outlining a replica of the playing field in the parking lot and denote where some of the most memorable plays occurred with statues. Such of Seaver on the mound when he struck out 19 Padres, or Buckner, or the Swododa and Agee catches, of Cleon catching the final out of the 69 Series.
In Atlanta, the Braves have a replica of an outfield wall and mark where Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record, so it’s not like this hasn’t been done before.
There’s rubble throughout, with a patch of green in what used to be short left field. The action montage that lined the facing the loge level is all but gone. There is one word, “Believe,” from the montage that remains, and a Subway Ad in the right field corner.
The grass has been in Citi Field for a couple of weeks now, and you can tell this will be a magnificent place to watch the game. You’re right on top of things.
Two things the Mets promised you can plainly see. That would be the leg room between the seats and room in the concourses.
What is now Shea Stadium will become a parking lot, which is how these things work, but I wish there would be a way to prevent an old Volvo from leaking oil on the site where the ball got by Buckner, or where Cleon Jones caught the final out of the 1969 World Series, or where Tommie Agee made those catches, or the mound where Tom Seaver excelled for so many years.
Go ahead, make it a parking lot, but on those spots and others, block off the area and preserve it with a plaque, or small statue, or something that reminds future generations something special happened here.
I called Mets the other day and asked them their plans, and was told they don’t know what they plan, yet. I just hope they don’t get so caught up in the new place that they fail to preserve some special memories.
Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com posted a photo essay today about the dismantling of Shea Stadium. You really should take a look.