As you walk towards the front entrance of Citi Field, any baseball historian or former Brooklyn Dodgers fan knows that they are witnessing the second coming of Ebbets Field.
The "Jackie Robinson Rotunda," as the Mets have deemed it, looks almost identical to the rotunda that Dodgers fans last entered on September 14, 1957, prior to moving to Los Angeles.
After you step through the front entrance, you walk into a huge 160 foot diameter floor with escalators and stairways that lead to your seats. But before you head to your seat, be sure to take in all of the Mets memorabilia and history inside of the rotunda.
The eight-foot sculpture of the number 41 to represent the greatest player in the history of the franchise, Tom Seaver.
Oh yes, and be sure to check out all of the quotes from the greatest Mets players of all-time that are engraved into the walls of the rotunda.
You know like when Tug McGraw pegged the ever so popular term, "Ya Gotta Believe..."?
How about the pictures and videos shown on the walls of all the Mets astounding moments in their 47-year history? Sound familiar yet? Yeah, me either.
In fact, the only difference from Ebbets Field is that when you walk through the gates at Citi Field, you see an eight-foot sculpture of the number 42, belonging to Jackie Robinson to go along with all of his many quotes and larger-than-life images that defined Robinson’s nine values in life.
All of the videos and pictures shown in Citi Field are from way back during the Dodger days of Ebbets Field. All of this for a player who has no significance to Mets history.
You would think that by retiring his number throughout baseball and giving him his own day on which every single player wears a No. 42 jersey, would be enough, right? Wrong.
The Mets really screwed this one up. This stadium does not feel anything like home. You look at the colors of the stadium and you would have a hard time feeling like you aren't at Camden Yards with all the black and orange around.
Where is the blue and orange? You know, the colors that have graced this team since it's conception in 1962?
Any sort of tribute to the 44-year-old stadium that the Mets called home to two World Series championships? If so, they are hard to find.
Face it. Shea Stadium was a dump. But it was a dump that Mets fans absolutely loved. No matter what, that stadium continued to pull in 47,000 people on average and 51,000 on average in it's final year.
Shea Stadium will always have a soft spot in my heart as the place where the team that I grew up watching made history by becoming the World Series champions of 1969 and 1986.
Yet somehow, Fred Wilpon is forcing all of this Brooklyn Dodgers history on us because of his childhood fantasies of one day having a ballpark that showcases what it was like as a Dodgers fan in the 40's and 50's and his close relationship with the Robinson family.
So, where's all the Mets history? The Tom Seaver statues? The amazing moments that occurred in Shea Stadium? The videos, pictures, and memorabilia of the 1969 and 1986 World Championship teams? Where is that, Mr. Wilpon?