The Mets are finally getting around to correcting the problem that jumped out at every fan on Opening Day 2009, the team forgot to celebrate their own history in their new stadium. In August, they announced that they would do some makeshift changes to address the oversight. Now, they are announcing some real modifications to Citi Field that will address the problem in a more permanent fashion.
They’ll rename areas of the field after Mets greats like Casey Stengel, Tom Seaver, Gil Hodges, and William Shea. They’re also re-forming the Mets Hall Of Fame committee and will open a Mets Hall of Fame and Museum at Citi Field.
These changes are all positive developments. But as Ken Davidoff properly notes, we won’t be talking about this 20 years from now. We’ll just be enjoying the Mets “vibe” at the park. But that’s not the whole story.
The thing that’s scary about this situation is that the fans recognized the lack of Mets history at the field long before anyone that works for the team did. It goes to show you how three years of planning to build and market the field to baseball fans could leave a horribly glaring problem. The team that’s playing there is the Mets and their history didn’t start in 2009.
Apparently, there isn’t anyone working for the Mets that actually likes the team. It’s a business to them and when they look at Citi Field they only see a large cash register. That’s the essence of the disconnect between the Mets staff and the team’s fans. We see Citi Field as the home of the Mets baseball team not as a marketing and sales opportunity. If team management is capable of this kind of miscalculation, it scares me to think that they’re the people that are running this team (occasionally into the ground).
Watch the video from Kerel Cooper of OnTheBlack.com below on the topic.