On this day, the 50th anniversary of the first game ever at Shea Stadium, I present the only photo I could find in my archives where I captured the entirety of the field. Not my best photo of the place but it’s nice to have a look at the place the Mets have called home the longest.
Oh, Mr. Met, you really are the hardest working mascot in baseball! I just wish you didn’t have to suffer through the bad days since October 19, 2006. You know, the night when Carlos Beltran never took the bat off his shoulders to end Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. It’s been downhill since that night but you, sir, never let it bring you down; heck, you still have a smile on your baseball-shaped head all the time!
This was really cool. In the final season at Shea Stadium, the SNY crew broadcasted a game from the Upper Box level. Here you can see analyst Ron Darling working on the meticulous prep befitting that of an Emmy winner for “Best Sports Analyst” in a very crowded NYC market. Play-by-play man Gary Cohen is going over stuff with staff before going on the air. The other member of the best three-man team in baseball – I’m slightly biased but you’d really be hard pressed to find a better three-person booth in the game – isn’t in the shot but he was also working this game’s broadcast. For the fans, it was a great sight to see the broadcasters working the game in the elements, amidst the crowd, albeit a small one since this was a weekday afternoon game in May. It’s this sort of thing that has made this broadcast team, only in their third year together in 2008, widely acknowledged as one of the best in the biz. Actually, they were lauded as second best earlier this year behind only the legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Not a bad place to be, behind a legend like Scully.