After attending the 1st event (St. John’s vs. Georgetown), the Mets 1st game (exhibition vs. the Red Sox) and now the 1st regular season game, I thought that Citi Field would start feeling like home. However, it’s like watching the Mets on the road, let’s say at Dodger stadium. I have to admit that I really like the new Citi Field – it’s a beautiful ballpark. But at the risk of being sacriligeous, it doesn’t feel like the home of the Mets – it feels more worthy of being the home of the Dodgers.
I have the utmost respect and appreciation for Jackie Robinson and what he accomplished. His life clearly defined leadership and heroism. He did more singlehandedly to help change our country, for the better, than most people. In an era when it is becoming more and more difficult for children to find a ball player that they can look up to, Jackie was someone that EVERYONE could look up to and would do well to emulate.
That being said, I admit that I find it difficult entering Citi Field where there is a greater focus on the Brooklyn Dodgers than the New York Mets. Besides the Jackie Robinson rotunda, there’s the Ebbets Club, Brooklyn’s Brewery and the concessions either from or with names referring to Brooklyn. You can pick up some Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia as well.
The ballpark is wonderful and reminiscent of Ebbets Field, home of the Dodgers. Of course, Ebbets field was never home to the Mets but the Polo Grounds were. I can embrace the Ebbets Field ambiance, its the Dodgers history that I have a problem with.
To me, its incomprehensible that the ballpark doesn’t honor the rich 47-year history of the team whose home it is. I think that the Wilpons have missed the mark. Maybe they should have bought the Dodgers and moved them back to New York. All that being said, I have to re-evaluate my thoughts on where is ranks in the venues that I’ve visited. I think that PNC and AT&T still rank ahead of it. I need a little more thought to see where Citi Field will place. I love the stadium, but it’s not home.
So, the question I have to Mets fans, real baseball fans is “What do you think about the new home of the Mets?”.