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Gotta love Shea... my first baseball game was there (with the Girl Scouts, when I was 9) and I've been a loyal fan ever since. Sure, it's not beautiful or as memorable as some other stadiums, but it sure served an important purpose. My son's first game was at Shea (to his father's dismay), and I even made a special trip there this year so that my unborn baby (due next month) could have his "first" game at Shea!Looking forward to attending games at Citi Field next season, always with fond memories of Shea.
Check out Meigray.com if you are really interested in Shea Stadium -- they have some of the most iconic parts of the stadium (and also some very affordable items) for sale. Before you groan, this is much better than items of true Americana going to the dump -- and the proceeds go to the Met Foundation which serves great charities.
Long live Shea memories: 1970s, going with my grandfather to see Seaver, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal; freezing my butt off in the upper deck during a Jets playoff game in the early 80s; The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour, 1989; up-close for many games when I was working as a press photographer - hearing Gary Carter shout "darn" after making an out; introducing my young son to baseball the past few years.
I still think of Shea as brand new, I was in 2nd grade or so when the World's Fair and Shea were created. Modern, hip, now.
Don't you have a seven second delay button on your (or the engineer's) console? I would think that after the first caller with the lude remark, that you would have been ready for the next one!
I am sorry that some fellow listeners to your show have such low standards.
Keep up the good work.
Jim In Astoria
My dad took me to my first Mets game as a child in the mid 80s. He wasn't a big baseball fan having come from South America where soccer is all you know. But I think the free tixs was incentive to go. I wasn't much of a fan myself but when I walked in not only was I scared (because we were in the upper deck and I was afraid of heights) but thrilled to see the huge field and players live. They were playing the Dodgers that day and on the mound was Fernando Valenzuela who I recognized from the few baseball cards I owned. After that game baseball became a part of my everyday life. My dad was still not much of a fan but hey what can you do?
Everything is wrong with Mets fans. As they say, Yankees fans are sophisticated and Mets fans are peasants from Long Island and the uncaged animals from Queens and Brooklyn. The greasy Long Islanders are who you have to watch out for. If you happen to sit near them, you will leave reeking of Armani Exchange cologne.
Banner Days were the greatest days of the year.I would steal a sheet from my mother's linen cabinet. My friends and I used many magic markers to tell the world of our love for the METS.
It must be the Yankee fans who are calling up and doing all that nasty calls.Go Mets.
When the two obscene callse came in, Brian said "What's with Mets fans?" I don't think those people were Mets fans... don't you think it's more likely they were Yankees fans trying to disrupt the Mets call-in time?
[I think Seaver WAS the no. 41 he was talking about there, Brian.]
You are getting a beautiful new stadium. Have some gratitude.
Too much negativity on the show this week, Brian. Come now, be grateful the new stadium is beautiful. We have so much in America, let's add gratitude.
Meet the Mets, meet the MetsStep right up and greet the MetsBring the kiddies, bring the wifeOr leave 'em home and have the time of your life!
Hey Robert go suck it! Brian, as a life-long fan who has grown up with the ups and (mostly) downs, I appreciate the vote of confidence you just gave us.
My enduring memory of Shea is June of '05,'06 and '07 when we participated in a Little League event. The kids lined up in their uniforms around the perimeter of the stadium for the national anthem. What a picture - all those colors. The Yankees did no allow a similar event.
The Cyclones allow the kids to stand on the field with the athletes.
regarding all new sports arenas.. I think it's ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS that even a DIME of taxpyaer money is being used to finance sports arenas for millionaires.. the team owners are millionaires, the players are millionaires.. why should taxpayers finance their playrounds??????????????
Good!!! Now rebuild in another state. Go Mets! Really, GO!!
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