Mets name street after Tom Seaver, announce plans for statue
Plans have been in the works for months related to how the New York Mets would pay tribute to franchise icon Tom Seaver. On Thursday, the first part of those efforts were realized when a street outside Citi Field was renamed in Seaver’s honor.
In a ceremony held Thursday, the announcement was made during a ceremony outside the Mets’ ballpark that 126th Street would be renamed Seaver Way. The Mets’ home ballpark will now bear the address 41 Seaver Way in honor of the legendary pitcher’s jersey number.
It’s official! #41SeaverWay pic.twitter.com/n3VVS46GNc— New York Mets (@Mets) June 27, 2019
“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,'” Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon said, via Newsday.
Wilpon also announced that a statue has been commissioned in Seaver’s honor, though plans have yet to be finalized. Wilpon added that a timeline will be relayed once final plans are approved by the Mets’ Hall of Fame committee.
Tom Seaver statue coming to @CitiField ⚾️— New York Mets (@Mets) June 27, 2019
We’ve commissioned a statue of Tom Terrific to be built in front of @CitiField. Additional details to come at a later date. pic.twitter.com/LTUWKR8q0u
It was revealed earlier this season that Seaver had been diagnosed with dementia and as a result was retiring from public life. The news inspired Mets fans to launch a petition seeking a statue in his honor, though planning was said to be already taking place regarding both the statue and the renaming of the street outside Citi Field.