Don’t Bring Your History To Citi Field

That right there is the signature of Dwight “Doc” Gooden. During the opening day ceremonies, Gooden stopped by the Ebbets Club along the first base line at Citi where he kicked it a little with the fans. Then, someone came up with the brilliant idea that Gooden should sign a wall outside the bar. You know, for history’s sake. Gooden, of course abliged and with a black Sharpie inscribed his very thorough autograph:

Doc Gooden 84 R.O.Y., 85 Cy Young, 86 W.S. Champs

A piece of history that will live on forever, much like this Tebow piece, right? Wrong! Jay Horwitz aint having any writing on his walls. No matter who you are.

It’s a brand-new building,” said Jay Horwitz, the Mets‘ VP of media relations. “No one is supposed to write on the wall. It’s going to be erased

Of course, Mets‘ fans aren’t too thrilled with the push to keep Citi Field pristine.

Lou DiBella, a Manhattan-based boxing promoter and devoted Met fan, was in the Ebbets Club on Opening Day when Gooden signed the wall, and he was there yesterday as the Mets lost 4-2 to the Brewers in the final game of a three-game series.

He’s among a number of fans angry Gooden’s signature likely will be gone when the team returns from a short trip to St. Louis.

That’s the same spirit that caused them to build a new ballpark that doesn’t have any semblance of Mets history, DiBella said. They charge $240 a ticket, and when your greatest pitcher tries to do something to reach out to the fans, the Mets make it seem like he did something wrong. It’s so stupid.

I wonder if the Mets‘ organization will take this all the way. No hanging of banners, no ring of honor, no pictures, no anything. All I know is for $240, I should be able to see the autograph of anyone I wanted. It doesn’t even have to be a Mets‘ player or even a baseball player at that. For that type of money, if I wanted to see Carrot Top’s john hancock, I better be able to find it somewhere in Citi Field.


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