The Handwriting On The Wall

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How can you tell that the Mets have an off day today?

Yes, besides looking at the schedule, genuis.

When this is the biggest story on MetsBlog, you know it's a slow day:

George Willis, of the New York Post, explained how Doc Gooden signed his name on a wall in Citi Field’s Ebbetts Club last week, after which he took pictures with fans leaning up against the autograph.

However, according to Willis, “The Mets, who have been criticized for not showcasing enough of their history in their new ballpark, plan to erase Gooden’s signature from the wall, treating it as if it were unwanted graffiti.”

In the meantime, Peter Botte of the Daily News talked with Gooden, who doesn’t understand why the team is so adamant about removing the signature, saying, “I definitely didn’t think it was going to turn out to be this big deal. I didn’t do anything intentionally for the Mets to get upset. I was just doing it for the fans. I don’t see what the big fuss is.”

In a response on Mets Today, John Fitzgerald writes:

“It should be allowed to become part of the stadium and part of the team’s history. The minutiae and folklore of this team - like skydivers, black cats and Bill Buckner - are created and shared by players and fans. Ownership can build the ballpark, assemble a roster and sell the tickets, but they can’t control the memories. Unfortunately, that is exactly what they are trying to do.”


A team spokesman has said that the Mets plan to move Doc Gooden’s autograph from the wall in the Ebbetts Club, ‘where only a select group of fans can see it,’ to a more prominent location, ‘where all fans can see it.’

In addition, it will be part of a ‘Mets Wall-of-Fame,’ so to speak, in which other notable players from the team’s past will be asked to sign the wall, and dedicate messages to fans, on days when they first visit Citi Field.

Lastly, the team is aware of fan response, and intends to make various announcements over then next few weeks with regards to adding Mets-centric items to the new ballpark.

Just what the doc ordered.


Luigi said...

Not such a bad signature for a doctor, no?

But we still need some more orange and blue in The New Shea!

wario said...

i heard the race was getting close..
its good to be back.

From Wikipedia,
"The writing on the wall" (or sometimes "handwriting on the wall"), an idiom, is a portent of doom or misfortune. It originates in the Biblical book of Daniel—where supernatural writing foretells the demise of the Babylonian Empire. The phrase is widely used in language and literature.

maybe DANIEL murphy wrote it?? but about who???

Eli From Brooklyn said...

The way Daniel Murphy is hitting it appears as if he is spending all his time in the cage.

Try again.

DOVY said...

help me i am falling apart from these mets!!!!!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

It's only been 2 weeks. Take a sip of the 6 dollar coffee, enjoy a 12 buck hot dog, sit back and relax.

Welcome to Citi Field...

wario said...

why is that? where is the love?

wario said...

cant wait.... ive been saving up for 6 months now!!!

Eli From Brooklyn said...


Wario, apparently you have been out of town. The Mets are stranding runners on base like it's a one time sale.

We need help (and more cash to watch them actually attempt to play).

DOVY said...

Yeah i know but I just have seen this in the past with this team

wario said...

fear not fellow met fans,
as long as the bulpen keeps it up there is no need to be nervous...

Eli From Brooklyn said...

If they bullpen loses it tonight then you are going DOWN Wario....