Perhaps it was fitting that after yesterday's disappointing last game of the season-- where the Mets's playoff chances evaporated-- a bittersweet ceremony was held to say good-bye to Shea Stadium. The fans yelled at the Marlins, who reportedly took their time leaving the field, "Off the field, off the field, off the field."
The Mets are moving to CitField next year, but savored memories of their two World Series Championships and beloved players and managers. Returning to the stadium were former Mets including Willie Mays, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Jerry Koosman, Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry, John Franco, Robin Ventura, Lenny Dykstra, and Tom Seaver, who threw out the first pitch. Ed Kranepool, part of the 1969 team, told MLB.com, "It was sentimental for myself, since I do have records here at Shea Stadium. Most games, most hits -- which means I was on the field more than any other player. When they tear it down, as [former manager] Casey [Stengel] used to say, 'They take their records with them.'"