I recieved this thoughtful email from a friend and codyross.org subscriber. The email was so well written and really nailed what it like to be a die-hard lifer fan of a team, a stadium and what it stands for and means to you and what it feels like to see your hopes plummet when your team fights for its life to get into the post season and fails. These are thoughts that were all so common for me being a Red Sox fan up until recent history. As a matter of fact, the team that this email is about is the same team that squandered my hopes of a World Series victory in ’86. Well, enough from me, let’s get to the email. Enjoy:
Well since Santana raised the hopes and proving why the Mets went out and brought him here the Mets played a meaningful last game at Shea and couldn’t ask for more out of Ollie.
I have got to tip my hats to the Marlins who surprised everyone with the year they put up and with nothing on the line you would think that the Marlins who had first place or within grasp the better part of the season would just pack it in. Not these Marlins they come out to play baseball.
My Nerves were shot through out the day, waiting impatiently for the game to start. This is going to be a real good day or a real bad day, This really couldn’t happen two years in a row could it, Well Ollie got through the first inning unscaved but as the game went on scoreless, I just knew the longer the game went on the Marlins would eventually strike and strike they did, then Beltran who blast a two run shot to tie the game, so you would think this would rally the Mets, nope – bullpen comes in and blows yet another one. First of all Helms pitch hitting for Jacobs was a good move but why Manuel didn’t take out Schoeneweis and bring in a righty is beyond me. So the Mets blow it two years in a row. I am finding myself laughing at the situation other than trying to tear down the rig or throw pool cues through a window.
Now I’m upset
If anyone watched SNY and the closing ceremony on Shea Stadium, the first thought was how could we deal with this now. The Mets just lost the game and the mood of the fans, players can’t possibly be up for this. As they started announcing all the Great Mets I forget about the loss, nothing else mattered as they called out all the players from center field, It really brought back the memories of me as a kid and why I became a Mets fan, They called out Strawberry, Darling, Hernandez, “Doc” Gooden, Seaver and Piazza who kept me a Met fan and brought back hope to us fans. To many great players to mention. The last pitch at Shea between Seaver throwing it into the dirt and watching Piazza dig it out really hit me. As the two Seaver, Piazza walking out toward the center field gates to close them for the last time the crowd is cheering, some fans shedding a tear or two, i’m just watching and taking in this moment as it hit me when the fireworks went off at the top of the stadium and the view of Shea in the sunset I shed a tear, the next time I see the Mets, Shea will not be there. The Beatles, The Pope, NY Jets, Yankees even called it home for a while. 9/11 and the Mike Piazza home run against the Braves, Endy Chaves’ Game saving catch in game seven of the NLCS, all the memories and the games played. I will miss Shea and not even being a native New Yorker, Shea is and always be a part of my life good and bad.
Cody Ross has got to do something that not everyone has a chance to do. Play baseball for a living, we all dream about it growing up whether being a Rock Star or an Athlete. What a life it must be. What a way to close the 2008′ season for Cody, Seeing the great players of the past and present, Standing in right field as the last out was recorded. My only wish was that he would have taken some dirt or grass for me. Cody has had his share of Shea stadium memories, I will not forget them either.
With that said, I hope the “Current” Mets take this last moment to seize the moment of the past and as great as it was, put 07-08 seasons behind them. The move to Citi Field will provide a new atmosphere and time to maybe create new memories for Citi Field and the Fans.