Following ‘Seaver Way’, Mets to build statue in Tom Seaver’s honor
For years, Mets fans have been demanding something be done to commemorate some of the greatest players in team history. Although it is a sad moment, something is finally being done for The Franchise of the organization.
Earlier this year, Tom Seaver was diagnosed with dementia. It halted any plans of him appearing in the 1969 World Series anniversary celebration, among other events. Something had to be done, and without hesitation, the Mets did the right thing. Seaver was honored earlier today at Citi Field. The team renamed 126th Street to Seaver Way, along with highlighting the name on the walls of Citi Field.
Today was all about Tom Terrific. 4️⃣1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/LKOIxdGz8M
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 27, 2019
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 27, 2019
That won’t be all, however. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon announced the addition of a statue of Seaver, which will be built right next to the original Shea Stadium Home Run Apple right outside of Citi Field. The statue is expected to be finished sometime next season.
“Tom was a once-in-a-lifetime player and will always be remembered as one of the greatest players in Mets history. Tom truly lived up to his nicknames of “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise,”” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “The address change to 41 Seaver Way has been in the works for a long time and is the first of our efforts to honor Tom. Today we are also officially announcing that we have commissioned a statue in honor of Tom that will be coming soon to Citi Field.”
In twelve seasons with the Mets, Seaver went 198-124 with a 2.57 ERA. He also had 2,541 strikeouts with the team, a record that has not been broken since, along with wins, complete games (171), shutouts (44) and starts (395). A three-time Cy Young winner with the team and Rookie of the Year, Seaver was the stopper the Mets needed to stay relevant. He was traded in the ’70s, causing heartbreak to many Mets fans. Since then he has thrown a no-hitter while also earning 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts. The Hall of Famer was an ambassador for the team prior to the tragic news.
“We were so happy to be part of this ceremony and our father is so honored and humbled to be memorialized in these ways,” said Sarah Seaver Zaske and Anne Seaver. “We thank the amazing fans for their outpouring of love and support.”
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