Goodbye Shea Stadium
As most of you know, the NY Mets crumbled once again on the last game of the baseball season.
One Hoboken411 reader sent in their memories of the semi-historic ballpark:
My moments at Shea
“Since Shea Stadium has closed for good, I thought I’d forward some fun photos from a Mets game I attended there back in 1986. Shea Stadium was never revered like Yankee Stadium was, but that is totally understandable. While many may actually be happy to finally see it go, Shea has had its moments over the years.
These pictures are from September 17, 1986 against the Chicago Cubs. Not only was it significant in that the Mets clinched their first Division Title since 1973, but it was the last time fans were ever able to bum rush a baseball field like they did.
Dwight Gooden had pitched a complete game and after the final out, mayhem ensued. After the initial wave of fans spilled out, more and more people continued making their way onto the field, myself included. I took a leisurely stroll around the infield and sized up the view from third, shortstop and pitchers mound, just soaking it all up.
It probably took about 20-30 minutes or so before the NYPD was able to get enough support together and begin peacefully clearing everyone out. It was quite a sight. They had their riot gear on and formed a huge line behind home plate, locked arms and started slowly walking towards center field where the outfield gates had been opened to get everyone out to the parking lot. It was Classic Cattle Ranching Tactics 101. By this time, the field was decimated and really did look like it had been grazed by cattle. I remember seeing people walking out with multiple mats of Kentucky Blue Grass neatly stacked and draped over their shoulders. At the time I thought that it seemed as though it could’ve been enough to re-sod a small lawn. I grabbed a loose piece of turf lying on the ground, small enough to fit in my coat pocket, and planted it in my backyard the next day. Before I made my way out into the night, I imagined I had heard the crack of the bat and took a run towards the warning track, timed my leap and made the game saving catch over the top of the wall, hearing the announcer yell “and the crowd goes wild!” just like when I was a kid.
Shea Stadium that night was something I’ll never forget. The post season that followed was one for the ages, exciting and memorable for any baseball fan.”
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