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Mets swoon is complicating Shea Stadium closing
All due respect to Yankee Stadium, but for me, like many Long Islanders my age, our hearts really belong to Shea.
Just in case the Mets' implosion drags into the weekend and ruins the farewell to the old barn, I'm going to get this out of the way right now.
Yes, friends, the time has come to take advantage of this forum by boring you with my personal memories of Shea.
If you care, click below. If you don't, I understand.
I'm going to stop blogging now and read a book . . . about sports, of course.
Enjoy the game tonight if you can. Your serve, Johan.July 27, 1970: First big-league game. Seaver strikes out Mays three times, beats Giants, 5-3.
Oct. 23, 1977: First pro football game. Raiders beat Jets, 28-27, on a missed extra point. I watch from field level at 5-yard line after playing at halftime with Northport High marching band.
Oct. 25, 1986: Yes, I was there. Loge, a little past third base. Tied for most amazing sports event I have witnessed with 1979 Cornell-Providence ECAC hockey quarterfinal.
Oct. 27, 1986: Yes, I was there. I walked the four miles or so from my apartment in Kew Gardens, just to say I walked to Game 7 of a World Series.
Oct. 10. 1989: Saw Stones. My date was cold and spent a lot of the night in the concourse rather than our seats in the upper deck. I mostly left her there.
Aug. 31, 1990: First big-league game I covered as the game-story writer. Mets beat Giants, 4-3, scoring three in the bottom of the ninth after two outs and nobody on. To civilians, this is a great game. To a young sportswriter on deadline, it is the ultimate nightmare.
May 15, 2008: Watched game from upper deck with Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez, bringing me full circle to '86. Was it my last game ever at Shea?
July 18, 2008: Billy Joel closes the place as a concert venue. Paul McCartney shows up in tribute to the Beatles' 1965 concert at Shea. Cool.