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The Metsification of Citi Field

For three seasons now, we have called Citi Field home. I visited the stadium for the first time this season, and I must say, they are wonderful facilities.

But I couldn’t help walking into the Jackie Robinson rotunda and thinking that this shouldn’t be about the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sure, if the Dodgers hadn’t moved to California, we’d be bleeding Dodger Blue, but we’re the New York Mets. What about “Ya gotta believe?” What about the Tom Seaver rotunda?

This morning, Matthew Cerrone reported that the Mets have finally discussed making the outfield walls blue. It makes sense; I personally think the orange foul poles clash with the mossy green outfield walls.

Making the outfield walls blue could be the latest effort to Metsify Citi Field after many fans have complained that it was too reminiscent of Ebbets Field. Me? I was just happy that the Mets Hall of Fame museum wasn’t hidden anymore.

Efforts have been made to pay tribute to Mets history over the past two seasons; the installation of the entrance shadows, the ’69 and ’86 teams being commemorated, and my favorite feature: the Topps baseball cards with that day’s starting lineup.

Since the Mets can’t rebuild Citi Field to look like a giant blue cupcake, the least they can is make the outfield walls blue like Shea…because I miss the giant blue cupcake.

Will bringing in the walls help?

The Mets are expected to make an announcement regarding changes at Citi Field.

According to David Lennon of Newsday, these changes will include shortening and bringing in the left field wall, bringing in the right-center bullpen fences, and fencing off the Mo Zone. WFAN’s Mike Francesa reported that all fences at Citi Field will be eight feet tall and that the foul poles will remain exactly where they are. However, the walls in center and by the Mo Zone will be 390 feet.

I don’t think we can blame Citi Field for the Mets’ lack of power. Looking at, say, David Wright’s home run splits from the last three seasons, his home run totals are right about even between the road and home. At first, it was a new stadium and players were getting used to it. It’s been three years (well, if you’re a rookie, you have an excuse).

I’m not saying that the Mets aren’t hitting the ball (they are), but they’ve resorted to playing small ball, hitting doubles, getting gritty. I personally like the gritty Mets better than the guys that hit home runs all the time. Evantually, it’s like, “Look at that, he hit another one.”

It’s tough to expect powerful run production from rookies like Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, etc. It shouldn’t matter how we get the run, as long as we get the run.

While I think bringing in the fences will quiet down the Mets Blogosphere, it can only do so much to help them win games.


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