(larger than life : Johnny B. Badd)
In addition to confirming Citi Field would lower the promenade facade’s LED ribbon boards to improve what they previously denied were poor sightlines, the Mets announced earlier today that recent augmentations to Fred & Jeff’s Monument To Avarice & Greed would suddenly include some recognition of the Amazins’ 47 year history. From the New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin :
The Mets also have begun installing photographic imagery of famous Mets and historic moments in team history on the Field and Promenade Levels to complement the banners on the exterior of the ballpark. The team championship banners are also on display on the Left Field wall.
Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez and Dwight Gooden cover the side of the Empire Suites by section 106 in the Right Field corner on the Field Level. Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman jumping into the arms of Jerry Grote celebrating the 1969 World Series championship cover the other end of the Empire Suite Level on the third base side near section 126 on the Field Level. Images of Mike Piazza and Casey Stengel will go up in Left Field during the current homestand.
On the Promenade Level going from Left Field to Right Field are images of the 1986 world championship team; Al Leiter, John Franco and Edgardo Alfonso; Rusty Staub, Tommie Agee and Tug McGraw; Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Johan Santana; and Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson and Lenny Dykstra.
It’s a tremendous dis to the legacies of Doug Sisk, Scott Strickland and Joe McEwing, but as long as Captain Fucko remains a cherished part of Flushing lore, isn’t that the only thing that really matters?