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  • Originally posted by RichieA13 View Post
    While I agree with your comment, Island .... lets not let the sorrow of today's happenings spew into our posts today (as I MYSELF learned today by replying back to JJJ's assinine request for a photo just MINUTES after the ramps had fallen!)
    Indeeed...i'm over it...it's a day of mourning not fighting with Yankee fans.
    http://www.twitter.com/chrisswann26

    My Citi Field & Shea Gallery - 27 Albums - 3,091 pictures - 15 videos
    Citi Field Interior Construction Pics, Citi Field Game Pics, Shea Demolition Pics
    http://community.webshots.com/user/islandxtreme26

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    • Originally posted by CoreyNYC View Post
      Wikipedia has already been updated:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_Stadium
      Okay who was it? Reveal yourself.
      "You're killin' me Smalls!"

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      • Originally posted by Bpt'sbiggestmetsfan1116 View Post
        this thread will not die...
        ever...we owe it to ol' shea to keep this puppy rolling!!! Who's with me?!?!?!
        Chris Farley: "Remember when you were in the Beatles?"
        Paul McCartney: "Yes."
        Chris Farley: "That was awesome!"

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        • Originally posted by curb my enthusiasm View Post
          If anything, Yankee fans should be sad about the demolition of Shea Stadium. It's the place where their last World Series Championship was clinched. Come to think of it, out of the four championships that the Yankees won from 1996-2000, baseball is not being played in any of those places anymore. (Shea Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, Renovated Yankee Stadium) And even in 1996, which was clinched at Yankee Stadium, Games 3 through 5 were played in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which has long since been demolished.
          And, they have A-Rod so they are definitely cursed!

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          • Just got back. Uploading my video now.

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            • Originally posted by Ralf View Post
              Just got back. Uploading my video now.
              And the award for most anticipated video of the thread goes to.....
              "You're killin' me Smalls!"

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              • Okay, this one hurt a bit...

                http://www.twitter.com/chrisswann26

                My Citi Field & Shea Gallery - 27 Albums - 3,091 pictures - 15 videos
                Citi Field Interior Construction Pics, Citi Field Game Pics, Shea Demolition Pics
                http://community.webshots.com/user/islandxtreme26

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                • Confession time:

                  After a brutal Mets loss I said that G*d hates the Mets at Shea Stadium. Whether he does or not I may never know, but I regret saying it.

                  Goodbye Shea
                  sigpic

                  D-Rex!

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                  • Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                    Did you see John Belushi in Animal House?????
                    Funny! One of our columnist at The PD used that line a couple months ago, and the sports editor got all these calls from readers! He didn't know the reference and went off on the copy desk for not catching the "error."

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                    • shea goodbye...

                      yep, it does...
                      trying to get thru to the 'fan
                      the turd in the punchbowl
                      reality really sucks.
                      enjoy the game more...

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                      • You'll all pardon me for double posting this...I had it up a few weeks ago, but I feel it appropriate to have it up again today....Goodbye Shea...Ill miss you...

                        There Used To Be A Ballpark
                        Frank Sinatra
                        And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green
                        And the people played their crazy game with a joy I'd never seen
                        And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer
                        Yes, there used a ballpark right here

                        And there used to be rock candy and a great big fourth of july
                        With the fireworks exploding all across the summer sky
                        And the people watched in wonder, how they'd laugh and how they'd cheer
                        And there used to be a ballpark right here

                        Now the children try to find it
                        And they can't believe their eyes
                        `cause the old team just isn't playing
                        And the new team hardly tries

                        And the sky has got so cloudy
                        When it used to be so clear
                        And the summer went so quickly this year

                        Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here


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                        • Feel like i've lost a family member

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                          • Originally posted by Saltzy23 View Post
                            You'll all pardon me for double posting this...I had it up a few weeks ago, but I feel it appropriate to have it up again today....Goodbye Shea...Ill miss you...



                            Now the children try to find it
                            And they can't believe their eyes
                            `cause the old team just isn't playing
                            And the new team hardly tries


                            This song was allegedly written about the Mets being the new team and the Brooklyn Dodgers being the old team. Ironically, it was written in 1973 when the Mets went on to win the pennant.

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                            • Originally posted by Saltzy23 View Post
                              You'll all pardon me for double posting this...I had it up a few weeks ago, but I feel it appropriate to have it up again today....Goodbye Shea...Ill miss you...

                              There Used To Be A Ballpark
                              Frank Sinatra
                              And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green
                              And the people played their crazy game with a joy I'd never seen
                              And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer
                              Yes, there used a ballpark right here

                              And there used to be rock candy and a great big fourth of july
                              With the fireworks exploding all across the summer sky
                              And the people watched in wonder, how they'd laugh and how they'd cheer
                              And there used to be a ballpark right here

                              Now the children try to find it
                              And they can't believe their eyes
                              `cause the old team just isn't playing
                              And the new team hardly tries

                              And the sky has got so cloudy
                              When it used to be so clear
                              And the summer went so quickly this year

                              Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here



                              Here's a nice visual to go with your post, Saltzy!
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                              www.CollectibleStadiumSeats.com
                              www.YankeeStadiumSeats.com
                              www.SheaStadiumSeats.com

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                              • Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                                This song was allegedly written about the Mets being the new team and the Brooklyn Dodgers being the old team. Ironically, it was written in 1973 when the Mets went on to win the pennant.
                                I knew there was a reason why I never liked Sinatra!

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