LETS GO METS!!!
Those might be my favorite words in the English language.
As such, I was beyond psyched to find a bunch of old photos of the Mecca – Shea Stadium – to take into my digital darkroom.
Shea was Home to the New York Mets from 1964-2008
Located in Flushing Meadows, Queens, Shea was home to the New York Mets for 44 years.
While the Mets only brought home two World Series championships, Shea was home to countless memorable playoff games and other special events.
So Many Happy Memories
As a die-hard fan, I could write volumes about all of my fond memories of Shea.
From the highs to the lows, it was my second home for much of my life and it’s demise in 2008 finally inspired me to get a dslr and properly document the place while I still could. It also led to my Baseball Stadium Fisheye Tour photographic series.
It Was OUR Dump
Sure it wasn’t perfect. The concourse was narrow, cold, gray and separated from the game.
Watching the game while waiting for food meant squinting at an old tube TV on the far wall and the walk back to Upper Deck seats could often involve two flights of stairs. As the saying goes, “it was a dump, but it was our dump.”
That may be, but it also was the best place to watch nine innings with 55,000 cheering friends.
I Don’t Wanna Shea Goodbye!
I was there for the last game at Shea Stadium. We shoulda won it. We should won it all!
But alas, on September 28, 2008, we all had to Shea Goodbye!