Former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden attended the Citi Field opening game on April 13, 2009. While there he spontaneously signed a wall in the Ebbets Club with a Sharpie. He wrote “Doc Gooden, 84 R.O.Y., 85 Cy Young, 86 W.S. Champs“.
The Mets initial reaction was to remove the signature, effectively rendering it as graffiti. The stadium is already being billed as “Dodgers Stadium East” by many fans that have attended the initial home stand for emphasis on the Dodgers history and lack of Mets nostalgia. This move served to reinforce the opinion that the Mets are unconcerned with the history of their own team.
Today the Mets announced that they have reversed course and will keep Doc’s signature and preserve it in another location in the stadium. Finally, the Mets make the right decision. Too bad that it had to come after the situation received so much press attention.