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Tom Seaver talks with WFAN about statue in his honor

Tom Seaver says the Mets have never approached him about naming or erecting a statue or monument in his honor at Citi Field, he told WFAN’s Boomer and Carton show on Friday.

The show’s co-host, Boomer Esiason, has been calling for the Mets to commission a Seaver statue, similar to the Stan Musial statue in St. Louis and the Willie Mays statue in San Francisco.

“I understand that I’m part of the history of the game of baseball, it is going to be what it is,” Seaver said, when asked about his legacy. “The wonderful thing are the memories that I have about the game, and I loved it.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Personally, I’m not in favor of building statues of athletes, because you just never know where that person’s personal legacy will end up. It’s nothing against the specific player. It’s just that I’m a fan of the team first, players second. Seaver was awesome, no question. He was amazing. He’s a legend. But, he was a member of the Mets. He isn’t bigger than the team, despite what he did for them on and off field. His number is retired, not his name, alongside with other members of the organization. He is all over the ballpark’s museum, alongside other members of the organization. And, most important, his name is in the history books and the memories of fans that will talk about his legacy forever. That said, I totally understand why some fans, like Esiason, want the statue. I’m not against it. I’m proud of Seaver. I’m just not in to putting people on pedestals, because you never know if they might fall down…




187 comments
Fixy2
Fixy2

Why not a statue of Darryl and Dwight doing lines in the dugout?

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Knowing the Wilpons, they probably put up a statute of Seaver wearing a Reds uniform

greekgod
greekgod

Ike Davis to the Pirates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank God......there is one!!!!!!!

steve333
steve333

I'd like to see a statue of Tom Seaver and Gil Hodges together

Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis

I am only 34. My earliest Mets memories were of the 80's teams and the Championship. I've been a diehard ever since, so my suffering isn't as pronounced or long as other fans. I say all of this because any real Mets fan, regardless of age or experience, would want a statue erected to Seaver. He was our greatest player we ever produced. I don't understand Matt's logic. Legacy? The man's legacy is wrapped in gold and dipped in diamonds, how could it be tarnished at this stage of his life? Also, Gil Hodges, our greatest manager, should have the rotunda named after him. Nothing against Jackie Robinson. The man is a Civil Rights and Baseball giant. But he isn't a Met.

greekgod
greekgod

And of all the ball busters in sports Tom Seaver was at the top of the list...plain as the nose on your face.

greekgod
greekgod

And you want Wilpon to erect a statue of Seaver? I marvel at the brains on this blog.....

greekgod
greekgod

"Seaver angrily accusing Grant of planting a negative article mentioning Seaver's wife with New York Daily News sports columnist Dick Young.[4] Seaver's anger at Grant never abated, contending years later that Grant possessed "a plantation mentality" toward his players.[4][1] As further evidence of Grant's failure to foresee the future of Baseball and the wealth and popularity of its players.

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

totally agree with you, jeff. he's so self-absorbed that the fans don't even register on his radar. even if the mets had asked him about a statue, he would probably have been too drunk to remember.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Actually,this is and always be Mrs. Payson's team.  If there should be any statue, and with all respect to the Vintner (Seaver), there would be no Mets team without Joan Payson, who sold her interest in the Giants after they left town, to bring a new national league ballclub to New York.  This franchise owes its very existence to Mrs. Payson and her Standard Oil money, and it is actually appalling that there isn't a Joan Payson statue in front of Citi Field.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

I don't understand Matt's point. Seaver is part of the history of the TEAM isn't he? Baseball has a big hall of fame with individuals, not teams. Seaver represents the team, it's just sad that his team didn't value him enough to hold on to him. Maybe instead of him they should finally build those statues for Pat Zachary and Steve Henderson :-/

Doubleday
Doubleday

I call for a moratorium on comments made by Boomer Esiason.  After what he did to Daniel Murphy, even mentioning Boomer here is an insult.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

Another WFAN-generated controversy.


Having said that - if any Mets player deserves a statue, it's Mr. Tom Seaver.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

When Matt Harvey was listening to the FAN and heard Tom Terrific, he quickly tweeted, "Where's my statue?"

tomterif41
tomterif41

I can't believe what I just read from you Matt. Anybody who has any appreciation of the history of this franchise should know that Tom Seaver WAS THE FRANCHISE, hence the nickname. He was the first great superstar in Mets' history and would have been on the team forever if not for a Scrooge-like owner who banished him in 1977. Tom Seaver absolutely deserves a statue in front of CitiField, if for anything but to upstage that totally ridiculous tribute to a great man and ballplayer but who had no connection to the Mets franchise. I'm sorry Matt, but you should be first in line to promote this idea. Being too young to remember Seaver's glory days is no excuse.

tullydew
tullydew

Cerrone is obviously too young to understand how great and important Seaver was for the Mets.

Albin  Henneberger
Albin Henneberger

I agree with Cerrone that it is not necessary, but I would love to see a statue of Seaver instead of 42 in the rotunda. I get the significance of Robinson, but he is not a Met. Having that would finally make it a Mets home. No disrespect to Robinson.

Andy
Andy

Absolute hack job. 90%+ of Mets fans DEMAND a Seaver statue. Enough of the Dodgers worship!

Julian Ventura
Julian Ventura

I think Seaver has lived a life outside of baseball to be proud of. I don't think you have to worry.

Julian Ventura
Julian Ventura

You should be ashamed for writing this dribble. What a joke!

metspete
metspete

Cerrone, you speak of everyone being a team. Does that include ownership and the front office? Seaver deserves a statue,

msanta031
msanta031

It's articles like this is why I spend 90% of my time on metsmerizedonlinedotcom reading Mets news.

1craigswan
1craigswan

Tom Seaver was known as the Franchise for a reason. He is synonymous with the team. He is arguably one of the greatest pitchers in the 20th Century. The impact he had was not just on the organization but on baseball itself. If any Met deserves a statue, it is Tom. 

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

what? 


"....not in favor of building statues of athletes, because you just never know where that person’s personal legacy will end up." ?


that makes no sense. the statue is only erected after the reputation and legacy is well established. this is a cause and effect thing matt


the mets are horrendous at their historical connections and building on culture, unless it is having koufax work in spring training,  a jackie robinson rotunda or ebbet's field model base. oh wait...dodgers. for mets players they tear down their signing of walls (doc gooden).


stop making excuses as always matt. if they did this you'd be ecstatic and write how great it is.

hashburry
hashburry

A blogger as young as Cerrone really has no concept of what Seaver meant to the Mets.  Stick to talking about how you cut your teeth on the mid-80s group.  I get that what is written above is conceptual, but unless you lived the Seaver era, probably best to not comment.

ofdzca7
ofdzca7

Of course this is what should have been done when the stadium was opened. If we had owners who understood our history and its importance. Similarly, Piazza's number should already be retired. Cerrone's argument against it is ridiculous and surprising. 

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I love the Mets but knowing the organization's history over the last couple of decades I wouldn't be surprised if they gave in and commissioned a sculpture by Norma Lyon (if she were still alive) and didn't realize the error of their ways until shortly after her sculpture arrived at it's pedestal outside the gates of Citi Field (to save everyone the googling, Norma Lyon was a world renouned butter sculpture artist).

archer41
archer41

Since Fred loves the Dodgers so much, I wish we could swap owners with the Dodgers.  

Watson5665
Watson5665

Right............ and what would you be saying if his name was "Piazza"? 


You literally slobber over a "rent-a-player" who had four good years, but are firmly against appropriately honoring "the franchise" - one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, and the source of virtually anything decent anyone could say about the team through the first 24 years of it's existence. 

You're a kid. If you had actually lived through his career you'd be writing frequent posts in favor of a statue. It's richly deserved.

SwtNes
SwtNes

But Matt, what goes up can come down, if need be...Build a statue for our most famous, historical Met, #41!

tullydew
tullydew

The Tom Seaver Rotunda

Move the #42 to another gate.

owlnut
owlnut

Wilpon would prefer a statue of a Brooklyn Dodger.

nwmets
nwmets

@greekgod  You say that like it's a bad thing. We need more ball busting on this current "team."

Doubleday
Doubleday

@tomterif41  It wasn't a "Scrooge-lke owner" it was M. Donald Grant, who was supposed to be looking after Mrs. Payson's interests for the Payson (deRoulet) family after Mrs. Payson died, in 1975.  Joan Payson never would have treated Tom Seaver like Grant did.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@tomterif41 So Matt's okay erecting a rotunda for a player that never played with the Mets, but not a statue for guy nicknamed The Franchise. I'm guessing Matt wasn't old enough to remember Seaver and what he meant to the Mets and the fans.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Albin Henneberger  - THe PROBLEM is that we have an owner who is a bigger fan of the Dodgers than he is of the team he owns. The way he runs the team is a perfect example. Someone explain to me how you can spend YEARS planning the building and financing of a stadium, then open it without any tribute to your OWN  championship teams :-s He did manage tributes to the Giants and Dodgers and of course Jackie Robinson but not to the 69 or 86 Mets. When it was brought to their attention they said they weren't done. Not done? Shouldn't that be at the top of the list? 

metspete
metspete

@hashburry Amen. He can't begin to understand what Seaver did for the Mets and how he dominated baseball.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

@Orlando Fernandez  he looks for an way to weasel in defense of his boss'. i guarantee you if they did do that he'd be as giddy as a school girl.

nwmets
nwmets

@Watson5665  I totally don't get the unconditional love for Piazza -- a short-term player who led them to.... nothing. Seaver was (and is) the original face of the franchise.

greekgod
greekgod

@nwmets  No its not a bad thing we need more of them but to management its a curse.

metspete
metspete

@cleonsvan @tomterif41 Cerrone is way out of place. A guy who won Rookie of the year, numerous Cy Youngs besides being number one all time of the highest election percentage to get into the Hall of Fame. Cerrone's contrived excuse speaks volumes of his baseball knowledge or his willingness to be one of the lacky supporters of the current ownership. You can't expect a statue from an owner who knew we needed a 1b man and a  ss and did nothing about it.