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  • Originally posted by Jim Vaz View Post

    Really like how they removed the murals on the ramp above the left field gate. Just looks less cluttered and a little less tacky.
    I think most Mets fans have finally embraced the place as our home now that we don't need to have everything Mets splashed
    in our faces.
    Well in defense of the murals, they were there from the start when there was nothing else even Mets related at Citi Field. So I can't see how it was tacky and in your face seeing as to how it was the ONLY thing that was really Mets related visually, before the changes/additions. Maybe I'm in the minority but I liked those murals.
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    • Anyone done the tour of citi field? Thinking about doing it when I head over next month.

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      • Was there a specific reason why the murals were taken down?
        That awkward moment when you are off 1 dollar buying something

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        • the mets should complete the blue walls all around the field. Looks much better with the blue

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          • Originally posted by nycthebest14345 View Post
            Was there a specific reason why the murals were taken down?
            I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with smoking now permitted on the ramps.
            Not Mommy, not Daddy.....METSIE, METSIE, METSIE.

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            • Weather damage apparently took the first one down last year. Guess they took their sweet ass time taking the rest down.
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              • Originally posted by 04golf View Post
                the mets should complete the blue walls all around the field. Looks much better with the blue
                Gotta get the Post or the Daily News on that bandwagon. If it becomes a news story, the Mets will respond.

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                • Originally posted by 04golf View Post
                  the mets should complete the blue walls all around the field. Looks much better with the blue
                  That what I thought as well until I saw the wall in person on opening day. The black wall in foul territory should help the umpires call plays more clearly.

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                  • I was there for the opener this year (a rarity for me). Aside from missing two FULL innings, crawling on the highway & driving around from lot to lot looking for one that was open to park my car ..... the ballpark looked great! The blue walls add some MUCH needed color. The Party City Porch in left makes that whole side of the field more intimate & "Shea-ish". I'd love to see the next change be the seat colors, but I'm sure that's not on the Mets management's radar. Swapping out the 'Boring Drab Green' seat color for Mets colors would help make the place stand out more from all the other retro parks with these same dark green seats. Last, I agree that stopping the blue walls from pole to pole looks a bit awkward. Guess that was the Mets Brass giving the fans exactly what they wanted, but JUST to the 'letter of the law', so to speak. I believe the black pads are also new, so it's NOT like they cut a corner & didn't make them blue to save a few bucks by NOT replacing them....? I don't understand why, unless it was their way of telling Mets fans 'we tossed you a bone' with the blue OF walls, but we still want some black pads to remain everywhere else.

                    Why not make the job look right & make ALL the padded walls blue, totally from end to end? I just don't get it?


                    Originally posted by Yankeefan3783 View Post
                    The blue outfield walls actually fit in well with the stadium. It's still early, but I think the Mets made the right decision on this one. Also, the uniforms look great. Much better than the ones with the black drop shadow.

                    Great job (as always) Gary on the Opening Day pics. I was SO pissed that we got to our seats as late as we did that I never even took MY camera out of its bag! Thanks for the photo of me & my son FINALLY in our seats, Sir!!

                    Note: The glove .... my ORIGINAL (1st) glove from my Little League days - (Spalding Joe Torre model, circa 1975-ish) resting on the seat in front of me. Obviously, a leftie was batting when you took this photo ... thus why I am not wearing it at that moment!
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                    • Originally posted by LI METS FAN View Post
                      That what I thought as well until I saw the wall in person on opening day. The black wall in foul territory should help the umpires call plays more clearly.
                      I'm starting to think I like the black blue combo. They contrast each other well to make he blue really pop out. Also, I think if the originally height had been left and the walls changed to blue it would have been too much...The 8ft blue really works well

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                      • I went to the game this afternoon. Here's the bullpen from overlooking the new wall in right-center field.



                        The new Mo's Zone in right field.

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                        • Looks like catching a ball in the new Mo Zone seating is out of the question.

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                          • Originally posted by DaFan View Post
                            Looks like catching a ball in the new Mo Zone seating is out of the question.
                            Probably more a precaution against injuries during batting practice when fans aren't paying as much attention.

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                            • Originally posted by DaFan View Post
                              Looks like catching a ball in the new Mo Zone seating is out of the question.
                              I'm sure they put up the netting for safety/legal reasons.

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                              • Originally posted by Gary Dunaier View Post
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                                I wonder if the new wall is enough to cause obstructed view issues again for the opposing team. Was that extra bench added there recently to try to solve that problem?

                                Also, with the new space available in the bullpen due to the new wall, could it be possible to reposition the bullpens so that they are now straight as opposed to being diagonal?
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