I thought fans would riot and throw things onto the field if the Mets lost today. However, the fans stuck around for the closing ceremonies and watched several former players say goodbye to their former home stadium. I didn’t tune in until the end, but from what I did see, the former players came from each base line and touched home plate before waving to the crowd in their sendoff. The best part of it came when Tom Seaver threw the stadium’s final pitch to the greatest catcher of all time, Mike Piazza, who caught the ball on a bounce. The two players then walked out to the center field wall, bowed and waved good-bye to the fans and the stadium they played in for years, and walked out as the center field wall door shut from behind them. The final event was when fireworks were launched from the top of the stadium.
My Memories at Shea
My memories of Shea range from my first game in 1999 to my final game in 2008. I attended several games per year in that time span, and have too many memories to explain. However, I do have two top memories of my experiences at Shea:
Watching Mike Piazza tear up pitchers through the late 1990s and early 2000s was very fun to watch and by far my favorite memory in general. Piazza was my idol as a young child, from pretending to be him while catching in Little League, to freezing whenever I was busy around the house just to watch his at-bat. My first Mets game was in 1999, which was the beginning of my love for the New York Mets. After attending that game, I officially loved the Mets. I saved ticket stubs of each game I attended, which for the most part, was against the Atlanta Braves. My father wanted to be fair to both my brother and I, since my brother Mike is a Braves fan, that we would attend a game at Shea that featured both the Mets and Braves. We would always stay in a hotel across the street, which featured a restaurant ran by Bobby Valentine. We would always go down there and find him for a picture, one of which is up in my living room from 2002.
My next favorite memory is more of a specific rather than general memory. It was when the Pedro Martinez had a pitchers duel with Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks in late May of 2006. From what I remember, each pitcher was 8-0 at this point, and I was extremely excited to see Pedro Martinez pitch in person for the first time ever. The game was a quick one because of how great the pitchers were, and it flew into extra innings. My sister, Jess, whose patience is not exactly the highest when at a baseball game, wondered if it would ever end. However, Endy Chavez came up in the bottom of the thirteenth inning and hit a walk-off single that was in the gap, scoring Jose Valentin from third base.
In just two weeks, the stadium will begin to be torn down piece by piece. Before you know it, all that will be left of Shea Stadium will be a parking lot. Shea Stadium will no longer exist as a structure, but the memories will remain in photographs and the minds of Mets fans and players for generations and generations. Thank you, Shea, for the great memories.