Say hi to Ralph and the other guys in the booth. Write back a letter. I don’t use e-mail.
Let me know how you’re doing. And I’ll pass it on to Murph, Jean Coen, Gil, Agee and Tom McKenna and Tug, of course. See ya. Let’s Go Mets!
Yesterday I was going reading Mets.com to see what was going on as I always do. I happened to come across a letter from Shea Stadium to Citi Field.
It was very emotional. In all honesty, I must admit that my eyes welled up.
Shea spoke about all the wonderful moments she got to experience with the New York Mets and her fans; from her opening day to Seaver’s near perfect game, to the moment Bill Buckner let the ball go through his legs.
Her love for the Mets and the fans was unlike any other.
Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry and HoJo, says Shea, wore out the old home run apple with all the home runs they hit.
She continues on in her letter of encouragement to Citi speaking about the walls at Citi Field. Tom Seaver and Doc Gooden probably could have won 30 games if they had those walls, she states. The perfect game Shea never saw, she thinks Citi Field will.
Remember Endy Chavez’s catch? So does Shea. To her, it was the best catch to ever happen in her park.
The letter really tugs at one’s heart when Shea tells Citi:
I thought I’d have a few more weeks. But they started taking me apart right away.
As Mets fans, we all remember that moment when the last wall fell. We all cried. I hope you all got to pay your respects to Shea. There will never be another park like her.
To the very end, she was classy and made sure we had a great time. Despite the was the last two seasons ended, Shea Stadium went down with dignity.
We’ll never forget you Shea. We loved you then and we love you now.
Citi, you have some very big shoes to fill. Right now, you just have not come close. Next year is another year though.