3. Citi Field is Designed in Homage to Ebbets Field

The arched exterior, down to the keystone at the top of each one, and the canopied entrance, are direct references to Ebbets Field, the stadium of the Dodgers that was once located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Fred Wilpon, the owner of the Mets, is said to be obsessed with the former stadium.

You can still find remnants of and references to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, including the center-field flagpole, now located at Barclays Center. The actual site of Ebbets Field is now a 24-story housing development, known as the Ebbets Field Apartments. A cornerstone in inscribed with the words “This is the former site of Ebbets Field,” and in a parking lot just off Sullivan Place, a forgotten sidewalk plaque marks the original location of the Ebbets Field home plate.

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  1. The Mets Hall of Fame and Museum gave this Yankee fan a good laugh…it was only added AFTER Met fans complained that CitiField was basically a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers, and had nothing in that honored the home team. Thus, it gave the Dodgers TWO home stadiums.

    An embarrassed Met owner Jeff Wilpon dusted off the plaques of the long moribund Met Hall of Fame and added a few new victims — I mean honorees — and created the Mets Museum.

    First time I went to CitiField, I scrutinized the plaques and cracked up at the sight of Tug McGraw’s having a misspelled word. If I’d done that when I was associate editor their house magazine “Inside Pitch,” back in the 1980s (they fired me on when they sold the paper to “Baseball America” in 1985, another reason why I don’t root for the Mets any more), I would have been flogged as pre-game entertainment.

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