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Fans Want Mets To Honor Tom Seaver With Statue Outside Citi Field

March 08, 2019 - 11:33 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The news of Tom Seaver's dementia diagnosis has sparked a renewed call to have a statue of the legendary Mets pitcher built outside Citi Field. 

Seaver is described as the heart and soul of the Mets. He put them on the map with the Miracle Mets of 1969, but sadly he will not be attending any of the 50th anniversary ceremonies the club will be having to commemorate the World Championship team.

His family announced Thursday that the 74-year-old Hall of Famer has decided to retire from public life in wake of the diagnosis.

Howie Rose, the radio voice of Mets baseball, says it's a hard thing to accept but that people in the organization did know about the situation for some time.

"Memory loss would throw him off the track when he was in the middle of speaking and he'd ask you to get him back on, but he knew what was going on then. With dementia it's a little bit of a different ballgame as we know and so this just sort of exacerbates all that has plagued him for all too long and it really cuts to the core," Rose said.

Art Shamsky, Seaver's teammate on the Miracle Mets, visited him two years ago.

"His memory was good at moments and not so good and he would say to us, 'Did we talk about this before? Did I mention it before?' So I knew there was things that were not right," he said.

The 1969 team will be honored by the Mets during a three-game series in June, and Jeff Wilpon said while Seaver won't be able to attend, they will honor him in special ways and include his family in the plans.

But fans are looking for a more permanent tribute.

"Tom 'The Franchise' Seaver is long-deserving of a statue at Citi Field commemorating his achievements with the New York Mets," Nick Albicocco, a young fan from Long Island, wrote in a petition on Change.org

Rose said although the news is tough to process, he hopes Seaver still has many more years left.

"He remains canonized by not only the New York Mets organization but Mets fans around the world," Rose said.