Too Much Ebbets
Posted by JD on May 31, 2009
During today’s game, 52% of the fans participating identified Ebbets Field as the original home of the Mets (41% correctly chose the Polo Grounds). Outrageous!
I’d love to kill the fans on this one but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Those responding to text polls probably skew younger and though you’d like them to know their franchise’s history it’s not unreasonable for them not to. No, the blame for this rests squarely on the Wilpons.
This is what happens when you build your stadium as an homage to a place that the Mets never played in. This is what happens when you completely ignore half of your historical heritage and downplay your own franchise’s history. This is absolutely unacceptable and should be addressed as soon as possible, but as we’ve seen with the “Sweet Caroline” sing-along, the ownership group will probably pooh-pooh it as long as they can before doing the right thing.
For months we’ve been hearing about adding a Mets Hall of Fame and no visible progress has been made. Now, Mets management has to deal with the egg on their faces unavoidably displayed on the Jumbotron in center field.
Sadly, it’s the fans that will have to deal with this. A younger generation is already being deprived of the full history of the franchise they love. And that’s the biggest shame of all.