A group of Mets fans want the Mets to rename sections 132-134 in Citi Field, tucked around the left field foul pole, to be renamed “Kiner’s Korner” in honor of the late broadcaster Ralph Kiner.
The group rallied around Ed Solomon and his Twitter account, @MetKinersKorner, to show that over 5,000 fans support the cause. The Mets have already announced that they will wear a patch honoring Kiner, have graphics on the field – similar to the one at Tradition Field – and hang a banner on the left field wall. The team has also re-named the broadcast booth after the longtime broadcaster. But Solomon said that the seating area would be a great honor on top of all that.
“He deserves a tribute in perpetuity, out in the open,” Solomon said.
Kiner broadcasted Mets games from their inagural year in 1962 through the 2013 season. This will be the first year the Mets are in existence that Kiner will not call one of their games.
“He taught so many the game we care for, for so long, but also in a very unique way,” Solomon said. “You probably have heard stories of kids falling asleep with transistor radios under their pillows. Kiner, Bob Murphy, and Lindsey Nelson all played huge roles during that era, but Kiner transcended generations. While Nelson left the team and Murphy was relegated to radio, Kiner stayed on television, and kids my age had televisions with sleep timers in their rooms. So, they fell asleep to his voice too.
“In addition to being a voice of summer, he was the ‘voice of bedtime; for decades, a rare circumstance, indeed. I argue that it’s plausible that Ralph put more kids to sleep with smiles on their faces than any other Mets figure.”
Kiner passed away in February at the age of 91.