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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Salisbury: Fond farewell to a dump

The Flushing mechanism! Siphon jets overhead! Shea, It’s a major dump!

While Yankee Stadium is often referred to as a baseball cathedral, Shea Stadium is often called a dump. Yankee Stadium is baseball’s big stage. Shea Stadium is shaped like a toilet seat. Yankee Stadium is the House That Ruth Built, so dubbed by Philadelphia-born writer Fred Lieb. Shea Stadium is the house that some construction company built.

Despite its warts, the unsightly chop shops that used to be visible before new Citi Field began to rise beyond the center-field wall, and the annoying cacophony of jet engines from nearby LaGuardia Airport that interrupted at-bats, Shea does have some history. It hosted four World Series. In 1965, it contributed to the cause of Beatlemania in the United States. Shea Stadium opened in 1964. The Mets have played more games there than the Brooklyn Dodgers played in beloved Ebbets Field.

...Dallas Green managed both New York teams in both of New York’s soon-to-be-replaced ballparks. He says it’s time for run-down Shea Stadium to go, but before it does, the Phillies need to have a good weekend there.

“It better be the best last trip they ever have there,” Green said.

Repoz Posted: September 07, 2008 at 11:47 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. OCD SS Posted: September 07, 2008 at 01:24 PM (#2931685)
No baseball stadium looks more like a toilet than Yankee Stadium. The new face of the upper decks looks like it has changed it a bit, but it will always be "The Toilet" to me.
   2. Lassus Posted: September 07, 2008 at 02:24 PM (#2931708)
How on earth Yankee Stadium has been spared criticism for a.) the absolute rats-in-a-sack hallways under the stadium to get to your seat and b.) the utter lack of logic in numbering or ushers to FIND your seats has always annoyed me. And it's rustier, dirtier, and crumblier than Shea also.
   3. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 07, 2008 at 03:49 PM (#2931732)
I'm vexed by the fact that the reason I most don't want to leave Shea is that the Beatles played there.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: September 07, 2008 at 04:02 PM (#2931734)
Don't worry, I'm sure the Jonas Bros. will play Citi.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 07, 2008 at 04:29 PM (#2931740)
If the division comes down to the last day of the season with the Mets against the Marlins, will there be more trashing of Shea if the Mets win or if the Mets lose?

And has any team in history ever been cold-cocked out of the postseason for two years in a row in front of their own fans? I can't think of one, but there's a first time for everything.
   6. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2008 at 03:54 AM (#2932640)
Ouch, Andy.
   7. Old Matt Posted: September 08, 2008 at 04:18 AM (#2932655)
If the division comes down to the last day of the season with the Mets against the Marlins, will there be more trashing of Shea if the Mets win or if the Mets lose?

I think everyone should storm the field, 1969 style.
   8. Benji Posted: September 08, 2008 at 06:17 AM (#2932690)
I know an excellent Internal Med physician that has his game 7 1969 grass and sod in a sealed beaker.

I know Shea is called a dump but I still think my first view through the gate at the green outfield grass, as an 8 year old in 1965, is still the prettiest sight of my youth.

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