While visiting CitiField for the opening of the new stadium former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden visited one of the many eateries in the new stadium to greet the fans. While there Gooden was asked to sign a wall of the Ebbets Club, found on the the first-base line. The former Cy Young winner obliged and thus was born the famous signature wall that fans have been visiting for photos ever since.
Sounds like a nice story but ownership doesn’t seem to agree. They want to remove the autograph from the wall. I can understand them being upset that someone defaced their new ballpark. After so much money has been spent on building and hyping the new stadium how could they support this vandalism on it’s first opening day?
But I think the Wilpons are missing an opportunity here. This was a nice, cheap and informal way to inject some Mets history in a ballpark that is almost completely devoid of it. Sure it was unauthorized by ownership. But they need to think out of the box a little. Sure it’s one signature now. But if Gooden’s signature is on the wall you can bet that the next time Gary Carter or Rusty Staub or Ed Kranepool are in the building they’d add their signatures to the wall. Before you know it you have a full wall of signatures from past Mets and an attraction for fans to come and take their pictures while enjoying their sandwiches.
No, the Wilpons have their heads too much in the Dodgers past to realize that even though they didn’t authorize the signature it could add something nice and niche for fans who are already disgruntled with the stadium design and decore.