Today, the Mets announced a variety of changes to Citi Field.
1) The first base VIP entrance will be named after Gil Hodges; third Base VIP will honor Tom Seaver; left Field VIP will be named after Casey Stengel; and the outfield bridge will be named Shea Bridge.
2) The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum will be located adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and accessible from both inside and outside the ballpark. According to the team press release, “A re-formed Mets Hall of Fame Committee will evaluate potential inductees, and is comprised of a combination of media members with a long-standing connection to the club and Mets front office staff,” including Marty Noble, Gary Cohen, and Howie Rose. The Mets will announce further details about the Hall of Fame & Museum in the coming weeks.
3) The release also reads, “Next season, fans will be greeted by Mets colors as they approach Citi Field with full-color banners of Mets players on Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.” The team’s logo will be added on entry points to the parking areas and on the light poles in the parking lots; the staircases will be painted blue and orange; while blue and orange flowers will be planted at the gardens in Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
…i still can’t believe the Mets are needing to issue a press release telling people they’re making their ballpark reflect the Mets… nevertheless, i like all of this, though Shea Bridge is a bit goofy, just because i can’t imagine any one actually saying that out loud… nevertheless, i like the references to players, i like the blue and orange and, though i’d still like to see a retired number from my generation of players, i am excited to know i will be able to walk around the museum and tell my some-day kids about the team’s history…