Besides the poor sight lines and the poorer team playing within, one of the chief complaints about new Citi Field is the lack of Mets team history surrounding the building. Owner Fred Wilpon just basically built himself a replica of his childhood favorite Ebbets Field and topped it off with a plaza honoring Dodger great Jackie Robinson. But where's the Metsmorabilia? Where are the gigantic portraits of Bob Apodaca and Todd Hundley? And why is the outfield wall black instead of blue? Was that part of the deal with Gary Sheffield?
Hey Fred, this shit might work in Brooklyn but it don't fly in Queens. Out in Queens, folks get crazy and start writing on the walls of your fancy stadium clubs:
Someone thought it would be a nice idea if one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history signed a blank gray wall next to the bar. Gooden obliged, taking a black Sharpie and writing in script "Doc Gooden 84 R.O.Y., 85 Cy Young, 86 W.S. Champs."
Gooden took a picture next to the signature, and so did countless fans lucky enough to afford the price of a ticket that allows them access to the club.
But now the Mets, who have been criticized for not showcasing enough of their history in their new ballpark, plan to erase Gooden's signature from the wall, treating it as if it were unwanted graffiti.
"It's a brand-new building," said Jay Horwitz, the Mets' VP of media relations. "No one is supposed to write on the wall. It's going to be erased."
Hell yes, VP of media relations Jay Horwitz! You put your foot down now and you put your foot down hard. Otherwise, you let one franchise legend get away with scribbling on the walls and the next thing you know, Mookie Wilson is writing Keith Hernandez' phone number on the men's room stalls, promising good times that will never be. That's what we in the legal profession call a BREACH OF CONTRACT.