Shea Stadium: End Of An Era

The Mets season ended meekly yesterday and making that ending especially bitter is the end of Shea Stadium. Soon to become a parking lot for the flashy new Citi Field, Shea’s run of 45 years is over.

The Mets did a nice job of inviting back 45 players that impacted the franchise after the last game of the season. In hindsight, they probably should have done it a few days earlier. It was anticlimactic celebrating the Mets history fifteen minutes after the devastating loss to end the 2008 season.

As much as I’m looking forward to Citi Field, I have to admit to reminiscing with everyone I know that’s a Mets fan about Shea Stadium memories. And there have been many. I’m sure that you’ve done that too. So we’ll give Shea it’s due, two World Series championships and countless memories for Mets fans. I think my favorite was going to Game 1 of the ’86 World Series.

We have to keep moving forward and Shea had become the worst stadium in Major League Baseball since RFK went to the grave. It was time for Shea to go, and based on the way the 2008 season ended, it’s time to start making new memories. Winning memories.

A Braves Fan’s Ode To Shea Stadium

The Atlanta Braves have now played their last game ever at Shea Stadium. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about the great rivalry of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. And it really was a great one. It’s lost some luster in recent years but I have a feeling it’ll be back in the very near future.

I have to give a plug to my friend JB from the Braves Launching Pad. In my mind, it’s the best Braves site out there. I try to keep up with enemy blogs as part of my research.

JB put together a list of his five best Braves-Mets games at Shea and it’s certainly worth a read. Check it out here.

I’ve made no bones on this site about my feeling that Shea is the worst stadium in baseball and the fact that we deserve better. But now that the final regular season games are nearly over, I am getting a little sentimental about the end of Shea especially when I read about the great games this stadium has seen since 1964.