Fans fight to save Mets' old home run apple Print
Written by Admin   
Saturday, 04 August 2007 10:18
MLB Headline News

 NEW YORK (AP) -There's the Big Apple - and then there's the little apple that pops up at Shea Stadium when the Mets hit a home run.
When the New York Mets leave Shea Stadium in 2009, they may well get a shiny new apple for their shiny new ballpark, not the dented, faded and rickety home-run emblem beloved by some fans.
``We will have some sort of apple,'' Mets spokesman Jay Horowitz told The Associated Press. ``It is yet to be determined what form the apple will take.''
But some fans can't bear parting with the old apple, and have started a Web site and a petition imploring the Mets owners to take the original along when they move to Citi Field.
They don't need ``any crazy gimmicks, shiny apples, bright lights,'' the fans say in their petition. Just a fresh coat of paint for the old apple will do.
They say it reminds them of their youth, popping up for decades after home runs by fan favorites such as Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson.
The Mets introduced the 582-pound piece of red plaster with a green leaf in 1980. It emerges from a plywood top hat.
Other ballparks shoot fireworks or water, or simply play music when their team hits a homer.
Not every Mets fan is a fan of the apple.
``It looks like a bad piece of balloon covered paper mache done by a second grader. Popping out of a stove-pipe hat that looks even worse,'' wrote one blogger.
``Ugh,'' said another. ``It makes the Mets appear to be a second-rate circus act.''
Not so, argues a fan on a Mets blog. ``I wouldn't mind having our rotten apple refurbished and used in Citi Field.''
Sketches for Citi Field include an apple behind the outfield walls. The buzz among baseball fans is that the Mets will build an elaborate new one, while the old apple could be auctioned off for charity or displayed as a piece of nostalgia.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who represents Queens and is a Mets fan, said he spoke to the team's management.
``They understand how important the apple is to my constituents, and will make sure something similar survives,'' Vallone said.
---
On the Net: www.savetheapple.com.
 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 902 Washington Nationals 96%
#2 912 Los Angeles Dodgers 94%
#3 908 Miami Marlins 92%
#4 918 New York Yankees 87%
#5 920 Detroit Tigers 82%
#6 915 Seattle Mariners 82%
#7 913 Colorado Rockies 77%
#8 921 Kansas City Royals 74%
#9 924 Boston Red Sox 67%
#10 903 Pittsburgh Pirates 67%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 5/1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 11/2
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 11/2
DETROIT TIGERS 6/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 13/2
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 15/2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 12/1
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 12/1
PITTSBURGH PIRATES 14/1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com