2) Commissioning a Tom Seaver statue to be displayed in front of Citi Field
Nicknamed "The Franchise," Tom Seaver is a Hall-of-Famer and the best player the Mets have ever had. The statistics speak for themselves: 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.86, not to mention being the ace of the 1969 World Series champs.
Knowing the history of mismanagement the Mets have exhibited, it's a shame that Seaver didn't get to spend his entire career with the team, but Steve Cohen helped cement Tom Terrific's legacy by commissioning a beautiful statue of him.
Unveiled less than two years after Seaver's death, the statue depicts his patented "drop and drive" pitching technique to perfection. I was admiring the statue before attending a game earlier this year when I overheard a father and his son doing the same. The boy, probably about ten years old, asked his dad, "Why is his back leg so low?" I couldn't help interjecting, "That's the right question to ask." To me, that question got to the heart of why you build a statue in the first place. Now Mets fans young and old can connect with and learn about a player that modeled what Mets greatness can look like.
Mets fans are in a negative frame of mind far too often. By celebrating the best players that have come through the organization, it's a way to appreciate the good times, and inspire hope that we can have them again. Look at this beauty.