Historic Awfulness & A Nice Ceremony

I’m still in shell shock so this is more of a memory dump than an organized thought.

I’ll start with the happy thoughts.  

The ceremony was very nice.   I heard the organization getting grief for having it after the game, but that’s how you close a stadium.   The Mets saw the awkwardness coming and asked MLB if they could change the start time of the game but MLB said no.   Sure the Mets could have scheduled the pregame for 11am, but it was pouring rain and would have gotten messed up.   Ever been to an Old Timers Day when it rains?  It sucks.  (By the way Mets, bring back Old Timers Day).

So I’m not going to kill them for having it afterwards.  In fact I applaud them because that’s how you do it.

It was very cool to see Yogi & Mays, Stearns & Swan…and Lee Mazzilli in his proper #16 (that settles that once and for all).   Nice that Dwight Gooden showed up.   Nice to chant Dar-ryl.   I think the fans are a little carried away with the 2000 Mets and apparently Robin Ventura is the 4th most popular player in Mets history.

Seaver walking down the right field line brought me back to Opening Day 1983, and it was very fitting to have him throw one last pitch (even if it bounced half-way home).    That was a good way to close out the mound.   Seaver & Piazza nearly hand in hand walking out to centerfield, the lights go out, we go home.   Very nice.  A mind’s eye picture I won’t forget.

That’s how I’d like to remember Shea.

Now let’s head backward through the day for some not so happy thoughts:
 
After they blew the playoffs they made us sit there for half an hour so they could line up some bizarro black & white pictures.  They actually had measuring tape to line them up in some precise formation and then proceeded to ignore the pictures during the ceremony.

– Then they kicked it off by introducing executives nobody ever heard of.   Was also lame in pregame to have vendors.  Nobody cares.
– No mention of McDowell, Cone or even the king of second place Bobby V?
– Ray Knight where were you?
– Mookie why the baby attack.  Show up.
– Davey same thing.
– coulda done more for Bob Murphy & Lindsey Nelson

Then there’s the game.   What a shock, the bullpen blew the season.   We all saw this coming a week ago – several posts right here on The Mets Police about it.   They blew a game, we all booed, and it sucked the life out of the ceremony.   That sucks.

Looks like Omar gets his 4 year extension.   Omar says Jerry is staying.  That’s cool.   Time to root for the Rays-Torre World Series.

Bye Shea – it wasn’t pretty but it was often fun.

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The Dopiest Moment In Shea Stadium History Is….

It somehow seems fitting that the poll for The Dopiest Moment In Mets History ended in a three way tie.  How absurd, but isn’t life as Mets fan often absurd.   So in chronological order….


Winter 1984 – The Mets leave Tom Seaver unprotected.


I think my favorite Shea moment of all-time was Opening Day 1983 when Tom Seaver walked in from the bullpen along the right field line.    The Franchise was back, and all was right in the universe.  Sure he only won 9 games in 1983 but that was more about the team sucking than Tom sucking (check the stats).  Also for a brief while in April he led the league in triples.    Tons of fun.

Some genius in a bow-tie decided not to protect him in the off-season, and the White Sox claimed him.   Why would you want Seaver in a Mets uniform winning his 300th game.  Who would grab a future Hall of Famer off the wires?  

There were 45 wins left in that arm….and ironically he would be in the dugout when the 1986 Mets won the World Series.  Too bad it was on the third base side.  

June 1989 – The Mets trade Roger McDowell and Lenny Dykstra for Juan Samuel.


I still don’t understand this one.   These were two of the most beloved Mets, both performing well and they trade them within the division for a bum.   The Phillies are probably still laughing.   This is one of those moments you never forget – I was on I-80 coming back from a rafting trip in Pennsylvania, we could barely pick up WFAN and we thought they said that McDowell and Dysktra had been traded.    That doesn’t make sense, why would they do that?   This was one of many “Mets don’t understand their fanbase” moments.   Well, at least we’ll always have Mookie Wilson.  They would never trade him.

November 1998 – The Mets bring Bobby Bonilla back????!!!

Speaking of not understanding the fanbase -if you think the 2008 bullpen gets booed, you should have been around for Boo-nilla the first time.   After killing the Mets in a Pirates uniform, this was the first of the “if you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em” signings that I hate.  (Another one was Tom “Cylon” Glavine who was paid by Atlanta to be the ultimate sleeper agent).  

Bonilla got separated from a guy named Barry Bonds, who turned out to be the slightly better of the two, and sucked.   Everything Johan Santana was, Bobby Boo-nilla was not.   Lazy, check.   Douche, check.  Clutch, uncheck.     They couldn’t get him out of town fast enough.   Then what do they do in 1998, they bring him back.  Like we were going to love him.  Idiots.

So it’s a three-way tie for the Dopiest Moment In Shea Stadium History (although a blown save today might re-open the poll).  Hopefully Shea closes out on a high-note, and the dopey moments are few and far between at New Ebbetts Field, home of FredWilpon’s Dodgmets.

Best Pitching Performance In Mets History

Johan Santana is not only the man, he’s A man.    That was the best pitching performance in the history of the franchise.  I don’t want to hear about Seaver and 10 Ks in a row or Gooden on a random Friday night – that my friends was as clutch as clutch gets.

It would be the most clutch performance in franchise history if not for something called Game 6.

After all the Bonillas and Glavines and Four Inning Pedros – finally they pay someone to be the man, and he asks for the ball, says gimme the ball and don’t come get me – and hands in a hell of a game.

The Ace of Aces.

Now tomorrow can go several ways – it might be one of the most amazing days in Shea Stadium history – or we might be booing the snot out of the bullpen and grumpy all through the post-game.   Maybe we’ll have to come back Monday for Game 163.   Thanks to The Ace any of these is a possibility.

They might as well hang a #57 on the wall tomorrow.   I don’t care if this guy sucks for the next 5 seasons.  I don’t care if his arm falls off and he pulls a Pavano.    This was an all-time Mets performance – again not just the performance, but the requesting of the ball – and for that he will forever be loved.

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Congratulations Phillies.  You earned it.

Tomorrow morning at 8 www.metspolice.com will reveal the results of the Dopiest Moment In Shea Stadium History poll.   Today is too feel good to get bitchy.

Note, this post was touched up on September 29, 2018 to add a featured image and the Santana jersey.  Formatting on the site changed over the decade. The words are the original words.

Mets Police and 6,000 Others Don’t Show Up At Shea

Paid attendance last night of 49,545.

Final weekend of the stadium.

Pennant race.

I wasn’t there either.

Now for me, I’d rather watch the game on HD than sit in rainy dreary Shea in the cold, and I don’t live next door to Shea like I once did – but I think it’s a fair criticism from the blogs who are saying we’re lame fans.

Even Tom Seaver showed up.

Unfortunately, the Mets offense and bullpen declined to show, and tomorrow is gearing up to be BooFest 2008. It will be like BooFest 2007 but twice as loud. I hope Omar Minaya enjoys his four year contract extension. Well earned Omar.

They are insane if they don’t bring Jerry Manuel back. Even as leader of Lee Mazzilli Nation, I can’t see someone doing a better job than Jerry. He’s been fielding a AA team most nights.

Hooray for The Ace in demanding the ball today. You will the hearts of Metsdom forever just by taking the hill today even if you give up 10 runs in the first. The effort and desire will be appreciated.

In the meantime there’s still a few hours left to vote for The Dopiest Moment In Shea Stadium history – check out the main page on metspolice.com.

Hopefully the Mets have read this:  25 Ways To Make The Shea Finale A Good One.

I’d like to enjoy my Sunday afternoon, not sit there all hostile.  I’d like to use my playoff tickets.  I don’t want to spend October half-rooting for the Rays and/or Joe Torre.  I will however be glad to be rid of Four Inning Pedro.