I will start off by saying I love the Mets. I have been a die hard since 1973, hence my handle. For the love of God, why in the world will the Wilpon family celebrate only portions of Mets history?
This may come as a surprise, but the Mets existed before 1986! The idea of having a Shea countdown is great. We here at 24 Hours From Suicide...A Day In The Life Of A Met Fan, along with countless fans, have always contended that the Mets should have players who wore a particular number pull down the previous number to reveal their number.
This leads me to Friday night...How in the name of all Holy and Pure can you have long tenured employees pull down #16 to reveal #15? Let me be as unbiased as possible. There has been one and only one #15. For Mets fans post 1977, pick up a book and read. The only #15 for the Mets was Jerry Grote, the greatest defensive catcher to ever don the tools of ignorance. Better than Carter, Hundley, Piazza, Fitzgerald, Snyder, et al. Grote was with the Mets from 1966 – 1977. He was the best. End of discussion. Some others might have worn #15; Al Jackson, Claudell Washington, George Foster, Rick Aguilera, Ron Darling, Kevin Elster, Jose Vizcaino, Richard Hidalgo, and Carlos Beltran have all worn #15, but there is only one #15, JERRY GROTE!
Why won't or haven't the Mets ownership given the fans something to not only cheer about, but to allow us older fans to take a stroll down memory lane? There is no reason. None. If it might cost a few dollars to have a former player come in, PAY IT!
Why didn't Cleon Jones reveal #21? Why didn't Grote reveal #15? Why didn't Sid Fernandez reveal #50? Jerry Koosman #36?
I could go on and on, but I'm ready to do a swan dive, not Craig Swan (#27) off the Triborough!
C'mon Jeff and Fred, you charge prices so high, that I had to sell one of my kidneys to go to today's matinée, why can't you let us show the love for our baseball heroes of days past? Between not celebrating the majority of our Mets history, along with discontinuing Old Timers Day, and Banner Day – you are taking a part of our history away.
Let the youth of today see players from past eras. Let them see what Jerry Koosman looks like now. Let's give the fans something they can hold onto...I remember when Jerry Grote pulled down #16 to reveal #15 – Whoops, it never happened!
Talk me in folks...I'm on the ledge!