Aug 7, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; Mr. Met unveils the 2013 All Star Game logo before the game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

There's No Place Like Home

Citi Field has come a long way since it opened in 2009.  The outfield walls that were once black are now Mets blue.  The same walls no longer make it impossible to hit home runs.  There are more reminders of Mets history than when it first opened and seemed more like shrine to the Brooklyn Dodgers.  But it still doesn’t totally feel like home. It takes more than a ballpark’s existence for it to feel like home.  One of the biggest elements is history, and while it obviously will take a long time for Citi Field to have the same level of memories as Shea Stadium one event this year can go a long way.Citi Field has had moments where it started to feel like home.  Johan Santana‘s no-hitter helped a lot.

The All Star Game will help tremendously.

On July 15, the Mets will host the Home Run Derby.  The broadcasters will talk about the new outfield dimensions and the Home Run Apple and Shea Bridge.  Mets fans will watch as home runs fly over the Bridge or past the Apple the way Ike Davis and David Wright have sent them for years.

Mets fans will recognize the nooks and crannies on the inevitable virtual tours on MLB Network and ESPN.  When somebody mentions the Hall of Fame and Museum, Mets fans will know just how important that was to making Citi Field home.  When John Kruk is looking for the “best seat in the house” Mets fans will know he can find some pretty darn good views out in centerfield or up in the 400s and 500s.  When the FanCave dwellers want to make a video about all the food options Mets fans will be telling them what to try at Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, and Box Frites.

The All Star Game will make the Mets and their fans the teachers.  Instead of the Mets having to learn something from the way the Yankees do something it will be the Yankees and the rest of the Majors watching how the Mets run the show.  The All Star festivities are a time when it is okay to be overly proud about your team’s ballpark and history.  When Citi Field is in the spotlight Mets fans should want to show off the good stuff about it.  They should brag about Mike Baxter‘s catch, Ike Davis’s catches, and David Wright’s walk-offs.  After all, it will be one of the only times to celebrate the smaller moments before there is another big defining moment for the ballpark.

The Mets have played at Citi Field since 2009.  There have been cool games and plays that Mets fans remember but are insignificant to the rest of baseball.  The All Star Game will allow the Mets and their fans to make those moments relevant, if only for a few days.  Embracing the five minutes of fame could be all the fans need to realize Citi Field has really been home since 2009.

Sometimes Citi Field can feel like every other generic ballpark around the country.  But for one week Major League Baseball will be blue and orange and Citi Field will be the center of it all.  At least one Met will have 82 home games this year.

Because Citi Field is home.

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  • MikeLecolant.BTB

    For pure love of being a Mets fan, I’m with you. I really am. But Citi has a long way to go before making me feel as welcome as Shea once did. That may be due to attending Shea for thirty-four years. But I can adapt with the best. There is simply no getting over the Wilpons really, really, dropping the ball on this one. My angst subsides once I get inside and Citi takes on a different feel. I really love the bridge! They were better off celebrating the Dodgers and Giants equally, or even making a shrine to National League baseball (which is where all the Excelsior and Empire naming ideas came from), just as long as the Mets were prominently featured first and foremost. Even then, they got it all wrong. This was that one big chance to celebrate Mets Baseball. Instead, Wilpon elected to honor the Dodgers and relegated us to a Roman Coliseum class-style seating arrangement. That was never the case at Shea. They effectively hid the damn Apple back and out of sight by the chop-shop gate. C’mon! Very Poor. In their efforts leading up to the grand opening, everything Mets took a back seat. Recent corrections and reactive measures do not impress me much. Not in regards to Citi Field. And I happen to be one of the biggest modern Brooklyn Dodgers enthusiasts you’ll ever care to meet – just not at the expense of the Mets. The changes and alterations you mentioned, as well as some new built-in memories are softening my stance…..some. Then again, the Dodgers failed or forgot to build a press box when Ebbets Field opened 100 years ago. Go figure.