RE-POST: It’s Time for a Tom Seaver Statue at Citi Field (& Gil Hodges, & Gary Carter, etc.)

NOTE: I originally posted this in late September, 2013, but the topic has gained new life of late, due to Boomer Esiason picking up the cause on WFAN. Since many Mets fans checked out on the club by September of last year, I figured this post might be new to some of you. And for the rest of you, our loyal readers, the entire “2 Guys” staff wishes you a happy holiday — if, you know, that’s how you lean.

Carry on!

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“The Mets are weird when it comes to honoring their players.”

– Comment from “2 Guys” Reader, Alan K.

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Our faithful reader Alan made that remark in the comments section below a post about Mike Piazza. He is not the first one to make that observation.

And frankly, “weird” is a nice way of putting it. That’s sort of like describing Ted Bundy as irritable.

“Out of touch with the fans” might be another way.

“Stupid” would be another, if you prefer blunt force impact.

Ownership has rarely demonstrated the most basic understanding of the team’s fans. Time and again, they’ve neglected the club’s rich history and former stars. We saw this most clearly — and astonishingly — when those dummies opened up brand new Citi Field. We all walked around and said, “Yeah, it’s pretty . . . but where’s the Mets stuff?”

It’s such an old story it’s not even worth recounting. Real fans know: We respect the team’s history much more than the Wilpons ever have.

Mike and I are not the most well-traveled baseball fans, but between us, we’ve been to some ballparks . Each year, it’s a tradition for us to make a trip to catch the Mets in a new ballpark: Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, to name some of places we’ve been. Next year we’re considering San Francisco.

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There seem to be statues outside of every park. In fact, it’s a documented trend. Baseball statues are popping up all over the place . . . except, well, you know where.

Outside PNC in Pittsburgh, there’s a dramatic statue of Bill Mazeroski’s World Series home run. If that doesn’t satisfy you, there’s Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner, and Roberto Clemente. In Atlanta, there’s Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, and Phil Niekro. The Nationals have statues of Frank Howard, Walter Johnson, and Josh Gibson.

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On and on it goes.

There are statues of Stan Musial, Mike Schmidt, Craig Biggio, Frank White, Juan Marichal, Ted Williams, Minny Minoso, Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Harold Baines, Dizzy Dean, Jeff Bagwell, Joe Nuxhall, Hal Newhouser, Willie Mays.

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And still it goes on and on.

There’s Joe Morgan, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Harwell, Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver, Johnny Bench, Orlando Cepeda, Kent Hrbek, Red Schoendienst, Cool Papa Bell, Harray Caray, Connie Mack, Luis Aparicio, George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline.

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What’s my point?

It’s obvious.

The Wilpons need to wake the f up.

It’s time for a Tom Seaver statue at Citi Field.

And while we’re at it: Gil Hodges. And you know what? Give me a Darryl Strawberry, a Bud Harrelson standing up to Pete Rose, a leaping Ray Knight. Let’s celebrate the great moments.

And yeah, Mike Piazza — that immortal home run swing on the first game back after 9/11 — let’s get that up there, too. In bronze.

Why do the most obvious decisions take these guys so many years to get right? It’s mind-boggling, the cluelessness. Right now, today, let’s retire Keith’s number. Mike’s, too. Let’s get statues of Gil Hodges and Tom Seaver out by the entrance. That’s before you even start thinking about it.

What is wrong with these people?

Below, a few images that I’d nominate as potential statues for outside Citi Field . . . I’m sure you’ll have more.

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Fans will surely enjoy this great overview of more than 200 baseball statues by Erik Malinowski.

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10 comments

  1. I think the Hodges statue should be exactly that pose, but it should be at least 50-feet tall, just a massive presence looming by the entrance, a kindly giant. Okay, make it 100-feet tall!

  2. I think when an organization builds an entire new stadium and in the process forgets their entire history and has to be scolded by it’s fan base to make even some banners, it is a problem. About the only cool thing the Mets did when CitiField opened, and bungled no less was put the pennant and World Series flags up in the Pepsi porch. You wouldn’t have known though, they just made them like an easter egg on a DVD or BluRay.

    Lets face it, with this ownership, they are looking at Statues and thinking, “the prices of statues are scary.”

    We’d end up with something along the lines of Stone Henge via Spinal Tap.

    I think I am adopting the Pirates for 2014.

    • Michael Geus says:

      I’m always amazed at how many Mets fans talk about the experience like the Mets are the Chicago Cubs. Maybe I am an easy grader, but two Worlds Championships, and four Worlds Series appearances is not a lifetime of dominance, but far from a lifetime of agony.

      But then I think about it, and if the present situation is bad and the team operates as if the past never took place, that is what happens.

      The owners devalue this franchise in every way possible.

  3. Metstradamus points out this morning that LaTroy Hawkins is 5-5 in save situations. He neglects to mention the 1.35 ERA. We had this guy last season, watched him closely all year, and loved him.

    • Michael Geus says:

      When it comes to Hawkins, I have always considered his signing another example of why Alderson is not capable of effective leadership.

      Leaders need to be decisive, Sandy agonizes over every decision, big or small. Latroy signed quickly, for a reasonable rate. In this case it could not have been about the dollars, no, it was too early in the process for Sandy.
      To use one of his favorite words, we were failed, once again, by his approach.

  4. Winning organizations take guys like….

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wainwad01.shtml

    Put him on the roster out of camp, don’t fret about Super 2Day, work with and develop his last steps against the best competition.

    Then he becomes awesome and they win a lot.

    The Mets, they will wait to be in a better spot through 2021. And those who follow baseball below age 40 will call this economically sound and the way everyone does it, except that it is both not by any means proven to be economically sound nor does everyone do it.

    • Michael Geus says:

      Freddie Freeman, major league debut, age 20
      Jason Heyward, major league debut, age 20
      Craig Kimbrel, major league debut, age 21
      Andrelton Simmons, major league debut, age 22

      These players are already the star core members of the Braves, and if Sandy Alderson was GM of that team none of them might be in Triple A yet.

      The idea that everybody does what we are doing with our young players is one big lie from a bunch of big liars. Add it to the list.

  5. Eric says:

    Remember too, when Citi opened and Doc autographed that wall, and everyone thought that was personalizing the new stadium, and linking the new with the old? Until Jeffy had it removed the next day.

    Anyway, I don’t want to ruin my Easter morning thinking about these dummies.

    Happy Easter to all of you, if you are celebrating!

    • Michael Geus says:

      Ha, fair point, Eric. Enjoy your day. There is no way the Mets can aggravate me today as I should be in a diabetic coma by mid-afternoon.

  6. Alan K. says:

    The Wilpons are beyond hope. I’m still rooting hard for the lenders to run out of patience and forced a sale. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B71HytDmEso

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