As cold and nasty as it is outside today, what would give to be at Citi Field tonight for Game 6 of the World Series?
While watching this World Series and seeing the fans in St. Louis and Arlington, revved up and waving their rally towels (don’t laugh I still have my Mets K Hanky from 1988) and living and enjoying the moment instead of what we as Mets fans are doing now, reminiscing about the past and waiting to see what our future looks like.
I also wonder about what Citi Field will be like when we have our first great Mets moment there. So far my great Citi Field moment is attending the last game of this past season and not having a long line at the Shake Shack. Will the atmosphere at Citi match that of Shea in the exhilarating days of yore?
I’ve been in Shea when the stands were physically shaking, as the field level was on rollers and you see and feel the whole lower moving up and down. I’ve been in the Upper Deck where fans stood and cheered (how many times have you heard Mets fans clap with two strikes on a batter? Sad isn’t it) and the sound of 55,000 loyalists was overwhelming. There is no other fan mantra like “Let’s Go Mets” (Let’s Go Rang-ers at MSG comes close as does DEE-FENSE at a Knicks game but they are not Let’s Go Mets) and you get that kind of atmosphere when there are no clubs to hide in or team stores to shop in during a game or dunk tanks or hamburger stands to stand in line in. That was the beauty of Shea, it was baseball’s dive bar, it had beer and hot dogs and peanuts what else do you need at a ball game. Sure the bathrooms were a mess and the concourse ceilings leaked and yes I bitched and moaned about it but after a few years at the McMansion of baseball parks, maybe leaky roofs and sewer water wasn’t so bad.
I guess I shouldn’t knock Citi Field for not having a Mets Moment yet as it’s not up to the building to provide that for me, it’s up to the team and my fellow Mets fans to do that. I just hope that when this team does become a contender, that there will be fans in the stands to not just cheer the team on but intimidate the opponent. I fear that Citi Field will never rock n roll like Shea not because I don’t think the team will ever contend for a World Series again but that the fans closest to the action will be inside nice and warm watching on a big screen TV.
With the cancelation of last night’s game 6 and the fact that this is the 25th Anniversary of the last Mets World Series win, I’ve been watching the DVD of Game 6 and 7 and what stands out is the volume of noise coming from the stands. Just looking at Calvin Schiraldi’s face as the Mets began their 2 out rally in Game 6, tells you that the comeback and the crowd was becoming overwhelming for him. In fact, the atmosphere at Shea could be counted as a contributor to the victory as roar and foot stomping just kept building and got more intense with each base hit, reaching a crescendo on the wild pitch to tie the game and just exploding on the Buckner Bungle to win it.
Check out the fan shots from Game 6 or Game 7, how great is seeing Mets fans happy, loud and rowdy? I just hope Citi Field is not to prim and proper not to let its hair down when it’s needed.