Friday, February 20, 2009

Last cheer at Shea Stadium

The last piece of Shea Stadium came down Thursday, and people at the site cheered. Metsblog posted video of the sad event. At least I thought it was sad - when the video was shown on Mets Hot Stove report, there was also cheering.

Poor Shea never got any respect. It couldn't even go out on a high note - our last memories are of yet another collapse, followed by what should have been a celebration of the stadium's history but ended up being more of a funeral.

Now that Shea is becoming a parking lot for Citi Field, I can't help but think of the old Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi":

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.

A google search shows that others have made the same comparison. Good to know there are a lot of Shea fans still out there!

Squawker Lisa, you'll probably give me grief for comparing Shea to paradise, but in good seasons and bad, there was nothing quite like walking through the entryway from the concourse and seeing the big field stretched out in front of you. Taking your seat surrounded by Met fans and Met memories.

So I'll hold off on cheering until I'm in the new ballpark, starting on some new memories.

Goodbye Shea.

Will you miss Shea? Tell us what you think.


Ryan O said...

Weird feeling. No one was more excited about a new stadium than I, yet i do feel a bit sentimental.

"It may be a dump, but it's our dump" made 100% sense to me all of a sudden.

Anonymous said...

I could not be happier that that hole has been torn down. the memories are nice, but what an awful place! I am not the most sentimental to begin with, but I say good riddance to that dump!

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