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The Mets have a Hall of Fame and it sounds nice

Apr 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

The Daily News’ Flip Bondy took a tour of the Mets’ new Hall of Fame inside Citi Field, and it sounds pretty nice:

It’s hard to be pompous when you have the Mets’ modest history.
Luckily, that isn’t the feel or intent of this Hall of Fame, which has a
refreshing, lighthearted feel. The Mets aren’t the Yankees. They don’t hit you over the head with their
two championship teams, with their eulogies, or with their
pronouncements about being the greatest sports franchise in the world.

That would be silly, instead of fun. And this museum is a lot of fun.

There’s something about the words “Hall of Fame” that causes everyone’s sphincters to tighten. Cooperstown does a good job because it’s dealing with the weight of all of baseball history, but most other halls of fame I’ve visited — baseball and otherwise — seem to go way too heavy and serious. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be the worst one around. When you’re taking torn up jeans and scrawled lyric sheets that once belonged to the Clash and displaying them in hermetically-sealed glass cases in a pristine and antiseptic room, you’ve sort of lost the connection to the history you’re trying to venerate.

The Mets’ place sounds fun. Which, recent drama notwithstanding, the Mets usually have been throughout their history.  Good for them for getting it right.

  1. Tim Gatins - Apr 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    I miss the fun. Can we get back the fun losers of my youth to replace the disinterested “winners’ of today?

  2. Mike Fay - Apr 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I had the chance to go through the Mets Hall of Fame yesterday as part of their pre-season workout and they did a fantastic job celebrating their history. It will be the most visited place in the park this year.

  3. Rib - Apr 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    There’s something about the words “Hall of Fame” that causes everyone’s sphincters to tighten.
    Actually, it was the words “sphincters to tighten” that caused my sphincter to tighten.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 5, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Well, the Mutts pounded my Feesh today while I was on the road…er…in the sky, actually, headed for Knoxville. I land and see that Josh Johnson got drubbed while the bullpen performed pretty well for the most part, but that Gaby Sanchez got hisself some hits, which is pretty reassuring. I doubt if the front end of the Feesh rotation will be that bad ongoing, doubt more if the pen will be that good, and doubt if the Mutts will know much joy on days their ace doesn’t pitch. Even so, after last night’s delicious Sox-Borg opener, I feel like the season is well and truly underway, the hotel has ESPN, Fox Sports and a batch of games on tonight, and that’s a nifty treatment for my jet lag.

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