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If you remotely follow me on social media, it is pretty clear that I am not content with how Joan Payson is recognized by the Mets or by the fans. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that most fans don’t even know who she was - and if they do, they have no idea how important she was to the history of our team and baseball. She. Is. The. Reason. The. Mets. Exist.
She was one of the few dissenting votes against moving the Giants to the west coast. She sold her shares and worked to get National League baseball back to New York. She, along with the work of Bill Shea and M. Donald Grant, brought us the Metropolitans and Shea Stadium. She was the first female owner of a major sports franchise. She did everything in her power to bring Willie Mays back to New York so he could retire here - where she thought he belonged. She could be seen at games hanging out in the seats with the fans, because, you know what, SHE WAS ONE.
When Darren asked what player you would want to have lunch with, I said Joan Payson, sitting at a game eating a hot dog. I would want to know what drove her, what she would think of the state of the Mets and MLB today, and why there still hasn’t been a major female presence in the owner’s or executive offices in this sport, amongst a million other questions.
On another level, there is no major written work about her. No feminist authors, no baseball authors, no historians - no one has decided to write about her. Why? You know what she has going for her at Citi Field? A mini side door that is not accessible to the public without so much as a picture. WHY?!?! WHY METS, WHY?!!
I have said it time and time again that it should be the Payson Rotunda (I would even concede the Seaver Rotunda, although I think he would agree that “Mrs. Payson” deserves it) after the woman who brought baseball to Queens. Since that will never change, I really need to get over it. But, why not name something else after her beyond a nondescript door? Why couldn’t one of the gates be named for her - you have gates named after the first manager and the first manager to lead our Mets to the World Championship, why not one for the woman who OVERSAW ALL OF IT?! I really just don’t understand why there was not even a second thought given to her and what her name means to this team.
Beyond that, there are action pictures all over the ballpark (that were added after fan outcry when the ballpark opened), why are there none that I have seen that include her? (If you found one, please, point me in the right direction). I have also not seen her name or face on any of those snazzy banners that hang outside and line the facade of Citi. From what I recall, in all the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the team, and the All Star Game, etc. Joan was not mentioned at all. There has not been a Joan Payson day or bobblehead.
WHY METS, WHY?!
Here is my call to the Mets organization and my fellow fans - let us honor the woman who brought us our Mets. She is probably the most important person in the history of our team, because without her we wouldn’t be here. Lets do something about it. Giver her a gate, give her a day, give her the respect she deserves. Fans, if you don’t know about her, learn about her. Just freakin’ Google her for Christ sake and read up on her Wikipedia page. Something.
We wouldn’t be here without her.
Let us honor our past, so when we celebrate, it is that much sweeter. LGM!
Monday was an off day. Sometimes I am just grateful for off days.
Yea, we swept the Skanks, yet we get clobbered by the shitty Feeeeesh. Really? Well, we’ve all bitched about it enough, so lets look ahead.
Remember when the Nats were supposed to be the team to beat? Not just in the East, but pretty much in the entire National League? It looks like now they have taken 3 steps back over the last year. So, who is to say we can’t take advantage of that? No Harper. Who knows if we’ll see Strasburg (we all know Harvey’s better anyway). Lets take advantage of it.
Lets kick a team when they are down - people like kicking us, even when we think we are on the upswing. Lets dish it back. Lets get this rally started again. Do I think we are good enough to make the playoffs? Probably not. Do I think we have the chance to be a heartbreaker or king maker? Absolutely. Can 2013 Mets baseball still be fun? Hell yes.
D’arnaud is starting to rehab… we will probably see Wheeler in less than 2 weeks. Marcum, regardless of Miami, appears to actually be getting better.
Yea, we need Ike to get his shit together (or get laid), and David to stop sucking (#BlameMollyBeers), but we have Murph who is having a tremendous season and the surprising solid performance of guys like Byrd (yes, I know he had 2 errors over the last few days, but lets look at the full product).
So, lets play our small ball, and be a spoiler. Because, who knows, in 2 years, someone might be trying to rain on our parade and destroy our run to the playoffs. And, we have been talking about “the future” for 3 years now. While I don’t think we are there yet, this season could give us inklings and sparks. Why can’t we do it too and enjoy baseball at the same time?