I just got home from Citi Field after having spent most of the past two days there — Friday as a fan, Saturday doing my best impersonation of a reporter. I’m pondering a post on the Mets’ now-newish home, but I wanted to present this hypothetical question first
By the express written consent of Major League Baseball, you have the power to choose the ballpark the Mets’ call home. However, you only have two options, and you must pick one.
Option 1: Your first option is a stadium exactly like Citi Field circa 2011. It’s shiny, it’s three years old, it’s got the bricks, Blue Smoke chipotle wings, all that. Everything is exactly the same as it is at Citi Field today, except for the name. In this alternate universe, Citi Field is not called Citi Field anymore. It’s called Shea Stadium. But remember: in all other aspects, it’s exactly the same. It just happens to have a different name.
Option 2: The second option is the opposite of option one. This stadium is Shea Stadium circa 2008, a forty-something year old ballpark. It’s got the ramps, the neon glowing dudes, the red seats in the upper deck. It’s where the Mets won the World Series in 1969 and 1986, and it’s more or less exactly the same as the day it closed. Again, the only change is the name — in this scenario, Shea Stadium is no longer called Shea Stadium. It’s now called Citi Field. For all intents and purposes, it’s Shea. But it’s name is Citi Field, and that’s what everyone calls it.
Which do you choose?