August 4, 2007


Fans fight to save old Mets' home run apple (Associated Press, August 4, 2007)

There's the Big Apple -- and then there's the little apple that pops up at Shea Stadium when the Mets hit a home run.

When the New York Mets leave Shea Stadium in 2009, they may well get a shiny new apple for their shiny new ballpark, not the dented, faded and rickety home-run emblem beloved by some fans. [...]

But some fans can't bear parting with the old apple, and have started a Web site and a petition imploring the Mets owners to take the original along when they move to Citi Field. [...]

The Mets introduced the 582-pound piece of red plaster with a green leaf in 1980. It emerges from a plywood top hat.

Leave it to the suits to get rid of the only feature that gave Shea any character.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2007 4:53 PM

Tragic! I just signed and spread the word. I've been wondering about that since they announced the new field.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at August 4, 2007 8:07 PM

I'll sign.

The Apple is the perfect bush-league emblem of a bush league franchise.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 4, 2007 9:44 PM

Baseball died with free agency and loss of daytime games.
Basketball should be dead thanks to thugocracy and corruption, societal statement that its not.
Football; drugs, thugocracy, and TV millions have kept alive the worst professional sport of the three.
Golf, the sport akin to watching grass grow, seems relatively sane. Except, of course, for the LPGA, which is TV's prototype for the WBNA.

Posted by: Mike at August 4, 2007 9:45 PM

I remember Willie Stargell hitting the tee-pee in Atlanta (of Chief Noc-A-Homa) twice in a game, forcing the Chief to do a little dance for a visiting player.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 4, 2007 11:22 PM