I read an interesting piece in the NY Times Opinion section today written by author Brian Biegel. Basically, he talks about having fond memories of the Old-Timers game at Shea Stadium and pines for it to come back again. I’ll tell you that I’m not a big fan of the Old-Timers games. They’re fine, just not that important in my mind.
Maybe the resurrecting the Mets old timers game will be more important next year at Citi Field. The Mets will become distanced from much of their history when Shea Stadium is torn down and we’re parking our cars where home plate used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to going to games at Citi Field as much as the next fan. But there will, inherently, be a distance from the Mets roots at Shea.
The Mets, as an organization, seem to feel its important to keep some of the former players in the organization and on their TV network. If that’s important to them, as it appears to be, they should think about rekindling the Mets history at Citi Field with an Old-Timers game.
Biegel writes that the reason they don’t currently have an Old-Timers game is:
So what’s going on with the Mets? A team spokesman told me that having an Old-Timers’ game just didn’t make enough money for the club.
That seems like a lame excuse to me for not having an Old-Timers game. They could have it before one of the inter-league games against the Yankees when the stadium will be sold out anyway. Finances can’t be the only reason… The Mets had an operating profit of over $32 million last year.
I’m on board. Bring the Old-Timers game to Citi Field!