I'm truly sickened by the treatment of Dwight Gooden over this whole signature thing. Gooden is just a few years older than me, so in high school he was in his Mets glory days. The '86 team are legends to me, so this is where this post comes from, before you read it....
OK, I've been on record as one of the biggest supporters of the new stadium. My 15 pack is in the promenade section, in the so called obstructed view area and I absolutely love the park and my seats.
For what I can afford, these are much closer to the field then I could have expected in Shea for the same price and the small section of the field that I can't see (down the line deep in the left field corner) is worth the proximity to the field.
I don't feel ripped off in the least, nor did the guys (strangers before hand) who bought the same package on either side of me.
As far as how a new stadium have such problems, I bought similar tickets last year to Citizen Bank for a Met game, not only were the stands steeper and further away but I couldn't see the right field corner from my seats.
I think they have to compromise some sight lines to bring the fans closer to the field and it's well worth it to me...
As far as the field I could careless what color the walls are or the seats themselves, over all I felt it was a beautiful park...
With all that positive said it was lacking in feeling like a Mets stadium. It wasn't completely de-void of any reference to the past, there were the large canvas pictures on the ramp which did remind me of Shea, but that was about it.
It sounds silly but the usher uniforms that looked liked they were borrowed from the Jets really bothered me, if there was an easier way to incorporate orange into the color scheme it would have been to buy 1,000 orange jackets.
I know there is now a plan to have a Mets Hall of fame in center field, but there should have been something here to begin with, something that says this is the home of the Mets. It almost seems like the Wilpons wish they had purchased an expansion team and were starting from scratch.
I love the rotunda, it's a beautiful way to enter the stadium and I respect what Jackie Robinson has done for the sport and the county but we have done more for him then his former team.
How about the William Shea Rotunda featuring the Jackie Robinson Memorial, while Jackie is responsible for how baseball is today Shea is responsible for the Mets and his name isn't mentioned even once that I'm aware of.
The Mets might not have the history that many teams have but it's our history and when I walked into Shea all of those memories came back of Seaver, Koosman, Kranepool, Strawberry, Hernandez, Carter, Knight, and Piazza to name a few.
But that history isn't following the team to the new stadium by what appears to be the Wilpon's design. It really wouldn't take much, a few orange and blue stripes around the place, a couple celebratory photos of '69, '73, '86, '00, and '06; a few jersey's hanging from the rafters in the hallways.
All items I've seen at the other new stadiums I've visited, I know the monuments, statues and plaques are coming but that seems to be do to fans outcry...
I say that this seems by design because of the organizations latest attempt to prevent Mets history from surfacing at the new stadium. If Tom Seaver is the franchise then Dwight Gooden was the chairmen of the board and anything positive he does for this team is sacred.
Gooden at the request of the staff signed a wall at one of the restaurants and instead of immediately encasing the signature in Plexiglas the Mets painted over it. Then they had Jay Horowitz make a statement that basically ostracized Gooden for signing their precious wall.
From a fan that loves the place, please get a clue on this one you need to embrace the Mets history. I can live with all the other stuff but painting over Dwight Gooden's signature and basically publicly scolding him is really hard to deal with, it's DWIGHT 'DOC' GOODEN for crying out loud.
After the photo line response to the signature, you should have invited every friggen 69,73,86,00,06 Met you could find to sign your wall. You just went from the obstructed view public relations nightmare (which I had no problem with) right into an even bigger public relations catastrophe...
"It's a brand new building, whether it's Doc or any other player, it wasn't meant to write all over the walls," Horwitz said. "We are going to do things to celebrate our history, but this wasn't the right way to get that started. If we allow this precedent, people will be writing all over the stadium."
"You'd think they'd want to connect to the '86 team as much as they can, and the '69 team, because those are the only times that they won (the World Series). Most stadiums you go to, even if they've never won anything, they have that. source Daily News