Mets announce plans to honor ailing legend Tom Seaver
The New York Mets have announced how the organization plans to honor the iconic Tom Seaver, who was revealed earlier this season to have been diagnosed with dementia and as a result is retiring from public life.
First, the Mets will be permanently changing the address of Citi Field to Tom Seaver, although exact details will be announced at a later date, according to an SNY report.
Further, plans are expected to be announced in June related to the unveiling of a statue of Seaver at the team’s home ballpark, Mets chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli announced, per Newsday.
“We’ve been working on exploring a potential statue option for a couple of years in coordination with the [Seaver] family,” DePaoli said. “We won’t be unveiling a statue this season. We will unveil the plans of what it will look like sometime on that [’69] weekend.”
The Mets organization’s official statement earlier this month on the Seaver news, as said by COO Jeff Wilpon, indicated the team was “planning to honor” Seaver in “special ways,” as the icon will not attend the 50th anniversary celebration commemorating the 1969 World Series-winning team.
A statue — which previously was suggested via petition from a Mets fan — along with a renaming of Citi Field’s address obviously would accomplish those stated goals.