Citi Field has paid tribute to the legacy of Ebbets Field and to the Beatles' invasion of Shea Stadium. Yesterday they got around to remembering one of the greatest squads put together by the actual team that calls the stadium home, honoring the 1969 Miracle Mets. The franchise's first World Series champions were honored in a ceremony before yesterday's game against the Phillies. It was the first time that Nolan Ryan joined in any '69 festivities, as the News notes wearing his Mets No. 30 jersey for the first time in 38 years.
The current squad looked a lot like their less than Amazin' selves afterward, losing 4-1 to the division-leading Phils. But the Queens faithful were reminded that anything is possible, watching highlights of the team that won 38 of their last 49 games of the season. After many gripes that the organization hasn't paid enough attention to the team the new building was built for, fans really relished in the moment for nostalgia yesterday. Miracle Met first baseman Ed Kranepool told the News, "The organization made a mistake. But they aren't too big to admit they made a mistake. They are listening to their fans."