An Open Letter to Fred Wilpon

Jon Z.Correspondent IApril 17, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  An exterior view of Citi Field before the New York Mets played the San Diego Padres on April 15, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Dear Mr. Wilpon,

I’ve been a fan of the Mets since I watched my first game almost 30 years ago, and I’ve seen many ups and downs over the years. Regardless, I keep coming back though thick and thin.  

 

When news first broke about the potential for a new Mets ballpark, I was excited about what could be in store for the team and the fans. With a number of new stadiums being constructed in other cities, which provide so much more than just a baseball game, I assumed the Mets would set the standard for other franchises to follow.

 

Then I walked into Citi Field.

 

The Jackie Robinson rotunda was a nice touch, and the large blue 42 statue has become the place for photos to be taken by kids and adults alike. Make no mistake: Mr. Robinson should be remembered for what he did and for what he stood for, which transcends baseball. In fact, Citi Field did an excellent job preserving Mr. Robinson’s legacy for future generations.

 

But, what about honoring the team that you own, Mr. Wilpon?

 

Where are the remnants from 1969, 1986, or any other of the magical moments along the way?

 

If you haven’t noticed, the Mets have quite a history since their inception, even if they don’t match up with other franchises in World Series trophies. Win or lose, many great players have donned a Mets uniform over the years, and very few teams have the privilege to say that their fanbase is as dedicated.  

 

Was this purely an oversight, or was it because you sold all of Shea's memories to the highest bidder on the Internet?   

 

Steel girders, exposed piping, brick veneer, light concrete, fresh paint, and fancy food merely make a building. However, it takes an appreciation of your franchise to truly make a building a ballpark. 

 

Unfortunately, the Mets have deprived future generations from learning about and understanding why people like me will sit in freezing temperatures to watch your team year in and year out.

 


Very truly yours,

 

Jon Z

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