Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Should ballparks be works of art? I guess the Mets no longer think so

Baseball games count on this blog as "dramatic events", particularly tonight's slopfest where the New York Mets lost in late innings to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The game was preceded by a mini vocal concert from "Celebrate Israel", and an elementary school class sung the National Anthem a cappella.

Citi Field, near the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair (which I attended then), replaces Shea Stadium, and was supposed to be built to look like Ebbets Field.  Well, the old Brooklyn Dodger park had a short right field (an inverse of Boston's Fenway), where as Citi has a jutting out in right near one of the bullpens.  But in left, the "retro" aspect of Citi Field showed itself with a miniature "black monster", a 20 foot wall that took a big poke to reach.  So this year the Mets inserted an 8-foot Facebook-blue wall in front of it, with a few feet of "party stands", making the outfield wall a uniform 8 feet all around.  How boring.  The effect looks sloppy.  Before, it was one of the more interesting of all the ball parks.  There is some advantage to a big outfield -- more triples, more inside-the-park homers, more "wall ball" and more physics lessons. 

Most of the home runs tonight (except one) would have been homers before the "un-retro" retreatment of the ballpark. 

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