A statue of Tom Saver finally made his debut at City Field on Friday, hours before the Mets’ 2022 home opener and the year after, perhaps, may have been erected.
The sculpture shows Saver – who converted the Mets more than 50 years ago to a world champion on a stomping stick – at his famous drop and drive home plate in Delivery. This pitching motion was so strong that his back knees occasionally covered the box, putting stains on his uniform that was proof of another promising performance of the best player in the history of the Mets.
The sculpture, designed by William Bernardes, is made of bronze and stainless steel steel. It’s 10 feet tall, weighs 3,200 pounds and was almost amazing at first glance on Friday. It will now greet the fans at the stadium’s main entrance, some of whom were old enough to watch the pitch of the stairs and many of whom were not. And at least some of the two groups might look at the statue with appreciation and wonder whether it could be all that good, when the sewer was still alive and in relatively good health.
This question doesn’t really seem to be significant at a Friday morning ceremony in which a large number of Mets fans, happy that the sun was shining, were happy that they were going to have their first look at the statue, too. , That the Mets were 5-2 heading into this season.
They rejoiced when the injured Jacob de Groome, perhaps the best Mets pitcher since Severn, appeared in baseball pants and the Mets’ suit shirt and stood in the front row to take it all. They made the comments when Donnie Richards, president of the Queens Borough, went. Too long in his comments, Joyce was happy when Mike spoke and at least sparked outrage when Steven Cohen, who served as the Mets’ owner eight years ago, stood up to speak.
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And when Nancy Seymour, occasionally using a wheelchair, went charmingly off-script while talking about her late husband and ended with “congratulations to all of you”, the group called her name. It was such a ceremony.
The Sewer statue will undoubtedly become the premiere game meeting place for fans, a character who, until now, has at least been to the old Home Run apple. This should be a good upgrade.
Indeed, in recent decades, many teams have created sculptures as a way of honoring their famous players outside the stadium (and even some of their favorite broadcasters). But the Mets’ previous owners, Wilpens, chose not to do so, although saluting Severus in this fashion seemed like an easy task.
Things changed in June 2019, when Wilpon announced that a sewer sculpture was being done and that the address for City Field was being changed to 41 Seaver Way. A few months ago, Sever’s family revealed that he was suffering from dementia and was retiring from public life. He died in late August 2020, his death attributed to both coronavirus and dementia, and it was difficult to ignore that the statue had not yet been completed.
It was scheduled to be revealed last summer, but podium dealt with the delay. And it was too late when the start of the 2022 season was pushed back by the latest labor stand-off.
The ceremony ended on April 15 – which, Robinson’s Day, when baseball annually honors Robinson’s first game in the major leagues – was a good touch, as can be accidentally. As it is, the statue of the Severn is near the Rotunda of Cityfield, which is a great tribute to Robinson. So the Queens hero, No. 41, would be in the thick of the Brooklyn hero’s footsteps, who famously wore No. 42.
The Mets will soon retire the No. 17-wearing Keith Hernandez at a ceremony scheduled for this summer. He was the leader of the Mets ‘1986 championship team and, for some, the Mets’ best player since the season. As with the statue of Severus, it took too long to honor Hernandez reasonably. As with Severn’s sculpture, the decision to exclude No. 17 from the rotation was actually made by Wilpon, as last August, Severn’s left-handed sidekick decided to retire the number 36 worn by Jerry Cosman. Yes.
In each of these examples, better not to be late. If Vulpoons could do it all over again, maybe they would work more quickly. But this, of course, is not the way things work. Instead, you make edits when you can and keep showing up.
This is what Fred Wilpon, now 85, did on Friday. The former principal owner of the team sat in the second row during the statue break and was later delayed. Asked whether he wished the statue should have been applied years ago, he pondered the question and replied: “I’m just glad it happened now. It was a beautiful ceremony.”