NY Sports Dog: Say Goodbye to Shea on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Say Goodbye to Shea on Saturday at 12 p.m.

A dedicated group of Mets fans from the wonderful site Baseball Fever, is hosting a "Goodbye to Shea" event this Saturday at Noon.

There are a ton of great photos of the Shea demolition, but for the ultimate collection of Shea demo pictures, please visit the Shea Stadium Demolition page. The page is maintained by Eric Okurowski, a 31-year-old M.B.A. student (and lifelong Mets fan) from Babylon.

With fans this dedicated to the old girl, it's only fitting that there be one final celebration of a stadium that we cherished. Saturday's Baseball Fever tribute meeting will be near Shea's famed subway entrance. The media is expected to attend.

Baseball Fever's letter, and more details on Saturday's events are here:

To whom it may concern,

As it is evident to all from the New York Area, the end is terribly near for the ballpark that housed our beloved New York Mets for 44 years. The life of the ballpark that hosted four World Series’, a Pope, The Yankees, The Beatles, The Stones, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and a Red Cross staging area after 9/11 is rapidly nearing its end. While it has been known since September 28th that there would be no more games in the park, the end did not fully begin to appear until the past two weeks when sections of the structure came down rapidly. Now, the steel skeleton is nearly all that remains of the park, and appears to be gone by the end of this weekend.

On Saturday, January 31st at 12:00pm, a large group of fans are planning to organize at the big blue ballpark one last time to say farewell to the old girl. There is no cost of course, and the day will include a walking tour around the site one last time, stories, photographs, and much more.

Last weekend, groups of fans and tourists flocked to the site to take pictures, share stores, and even leave notes on the fence around the demo site in what was a truly emotional two days for fathers with their children and tourists from around the world. This weekend, we would like to organize one formal farewell that was never done by the team for the fans. In the Bronx, memorabilia has been carried with dignitaries and schoolchildren from old park to new park, while no such occasion has been held for the Mets fans.

We invite you and any of your staff to attend the event and help us document the collective organization of fans at Shea Stadium one last time, not for a funeral, but for a celebration.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Your input, suggestions for greatest exposure, assistance, and support would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for the diligence in your reply and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Best regards...
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Anonymous said...

It really is over. Goodbye Shea!

Christopher said...

Thanks for sharing. This is the letter I sent Tuesday night to all local media outlets. Help from you, MetsBlog, Peter Haskell at WCBS880AM, Ken Belson at the NYTimes, and others will help make this a true SHEA GOODBYE.

Dave Singer said...

My pleasure Christopher.

Thank you for everything you're doing for this...great job!

Anonymous said...

You should post this on Facebook to help get the word out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to do all this (pictures, etc...)

Many of us, while we do share the same feelings, cannot be there physically to view it for our own eyes.

Big Shea - thanks for the great memories.

Hopefully, {fill in the blank} the new stadim will try, but never live-up to the incredible moments at Shea!

Dave Singer said...

To the above author--very well said.

tim brumbach said...

Shea Stadium was a place of dreams for so many. Being there in 1986 for the world series was my dream. Also going to a game againest philly i beleive it was and not getting home until 2:00 in the morning. It was a 17 inn game. Then getting a chance to meet Gary Carter and Doc Gooden and also many other players from that team. It was sad to see the great stadium come down. And now i have a piece of shea here in my computer room. 2 seats from the stadium. I got a chance to see a game up there for a final time in July.. It was a chance to see the stadium for a final time.

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