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  • Originally posted by Strawman View Post
    I was kidding before, by the way. MLB can't honor can't honor Jackie Robinson enough, in my book - so great was the man. I'm a fan of the Rotunda.
    it's a shame that branch rickey isn't remembered also...
    the turd in the punchbowl
    reality really sucks.
    enjoy the game more...

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    • Originally posted by Paul W View Post
      it's a shame that branch rickey isn't remembered also...
      That I'll agree with - Rickey was quite a guy. I read a recent biography and he really did have to buck some major social pressure to break the color line - which he'd wanted to do for 20 years.
      Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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      • Originally posted by Tullydew View Post
        Citi Field has become one of the ugliest ballparks in MLB. What a shame.
        I beg to differ. Citi Field is not one of the ugliest, but THE ugliest ballpark in MLB. The exterior is an embarrassment
        and the dizzying interior isn't much better.

        Feast your eyes (warning: it isn't pretty);

        (photos courtesy of member Gary)





        Last edited by 7instretch; 04-19-2012, 03:07 PM.

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        • I love these pics! CF looks like a phoenix rising out if the Valley of Ashes.

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          • Originally posted by 7instretch View Post
            I beg to differ. Citi Field is not one of the ugliest, but THE ugliest ballpark in MLB. The exterior is an embarrassment
            and the dizzying interior isn't much better.

            Feast your eyes (warning: it isn't pretty);





            Whats the story with this area in the foreground of the bottom pic? Was something there or is something going to be there?

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            • Originally posted by RDB_SoxFan View Post
              Whats the story with this area in the foreground of the bottom pic? Was something there or is something going to be there?
              I think we should ask Gary - whose pictures I believe were borrowed here without attribution by a poster who doesn't appreciate CF's inherent beauty.
              Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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              • I have always thought it was a really nice looking park. Awful lot of ads, but otherwise a pretty park inside and out.

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                • Originally posted by RDB_SoxFan View Post
                  Whats the story with this area in the foreground of the bottom pic? Was something there or is something going to be there?
                  I'm not quite sure but the area around Citi Field is literally a dump. That barren area is actually nice compared to the run down chop shops and broken streets surrounding the area. It actually looks like a war-torn, dirty neighborhood. Needless to say, the whole Citi Field experience is very unpleasing to the senses.

                  Then you have that mess within the exterior of Citi Field, which blends right in with the unsightly neighborhood. It doesn't end there as you enter the bowl and yet another set of unpleasing, mis-matched shapes and sizes greats your eyes, including yet another tacky mess beyond the outfield and scoreboard.

                  It most certainly is the ugliest ballpark in MLB.

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                  • Originally posted by 7instretch View Post
                    I'm not quite sure but the area around Citi Field is literally a dump. That barren area is actually nice compared to the run down chop shops and broken streets surrounding the area. It actually looks like a war-torn, dirty neighborhood. Needless to say, the whole Citi Field experience is very unpleasing to the senses.
                    So was that the only piece of land the Mets could find to build the new park on, or did they just not care?

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                    • Originally posted by Afikoman View Post
                      I love these pics! CF looks like a phoenix rising out if the Valley of Ashes.
                      More like the Yellow Pages rising out of the Valley of Ashes.

                      This debate has gone on so long that, as Mets fans, I think we have no choice but to give in and just accept that this is how Citi Field looks. And accept it as our own unique identity amongst all the other ballparks. It's futile to resist. We can even try to convince ourselves, reluctantly, that this is the charm of Citi Field. We really have no choice do we? Those ads aren't going anywhere.
                      Yay Citi Field.
                      STOP ABUSING COFFEE

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                      • Originally posted by Strawman View Post
                        I think we should ask Gary - whose pictures I believe were borrowed here without attribution by a poster who doesn't appreciate CF's inherent beauty.
                        Acknowledgment done. I wasn't aware that we had to attribute photos that were in the same thread and used for comment.

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                        • Chop shops you say? I'll have to take in a game some day and see for myself.

                          Actually, with over 64,000 posts between this and the Citi Field Construction thread, I'd say most folks with even a passing interest in the Mets are pretty much aware of the area surrounding the ballpark, not to mention the proliferation of advertising space (not uncommon these days), which have both been discussed and analyzed here to near death for 5 years. Check it out, interesting and informative reading. And of course the Mets built Citi Field in Shea Stadium's shadow, not through careful selection of an industrial area for the fun of it.
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                          • Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
                            Chop shops you say? I'll have to take in a game some day and see for myself.

                            Actually, with over 64,000 posts between this and the Citi Field Construction thread, I'd say most folks with even a passing interest in the Mets are pretty much aware of the area surrounding the ballpark, not to mention the proliferation of advertising space (not uncommon these days), which have both been discussed and analyzed here to near death for 5 years. Check it out, interesting and informative reading. And of course the Mets built Citi Field in Shea Stadium's shadow, not through careful selection of an industrial area for the fun of it.

                            Does the area have parking? yes
                            Does the area have a subway line? yes
                            Does the area have a railroad line? yes
                            Buses? yes
                            Is it near anything else? Yes, the US Open Tennis Center and Flushing Meadows park
                            Near highways? yes
                            Sounds like a good place to build a ballpark. The neighborhood can alway improve, but the infrastructure is already in place. I've heard its even near an airport!

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                            • Originally posted by RDB_SoxFan View Post
                              So was that the only piece of land the Mets could find to build the new park on, or did they just not care?
                              Fred Wilpon and NYC are trying to redevelop the area next to Citi Field (called Willets Point).

                              http://www.nycedc.com/project/willet...-redevelopment

                              There is controversy since the city is using eminent domain to kick the chop shop owners off the land. Not to mention the cleaning of the toxic chemicals in the land could take years.

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                              • I will go to a game at the Citi's Field stadium this year.
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                                Archie Bunker: All I can tell you, Edith, is I'm surprised at you! Dragging me off to a moving picture like that! It was absolutely disgusting!
                                Edith Bunker: Well, I'm sorry, Archie, how was I to know? I thought it was a religious picture, "Cardinal Knowledge!"

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