Those who have been Mets fans for 25 years or less, will not remember Shea Stadium without that famous/infamous/notorious Home Run Apple.
Upon moving to their new digs in Gil Hodges Memorial Park, er Citi Field, the Apple deteriorated, became rotted, so to speak.
Coming to the rescue were two companies located in Minnesota; Fiberglas Fabricators and the company Uni-systems have displayed team-work in creating a new apple for the Mets new home. "It was a very fun project, anytime you get to make a 19 ft diameter apple and watch it shoot in the air in three seconds is a lot of fun" says Mark Silvera of Uni Systems.
Mark Hagelberger of Fiberglas Fabr says, "Let's just say that it is a relief that it's altogether. There were a lot of challenges that we had to do in the process of building it."
The new apple, made of fiberglass, is about four times the size of the original apple, and weighs close to 6,000 lbs.
"I think we'll all have goose bumps when we see it go up, knowing that we were a part of that to build it", said Mark Hagelberger.