Tom Seaver’s plight sparks fan petition for statue at Citi Field | MLB
Should the Mets honor legendary pitcher Tom Seaver with a statue outside Citi Field?
Following the sad announcement Thursday that the 74-year-old Seaver is fighting dementia, fans are petitioning Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon to have a statue built to commemorate the legendary pitcher.
“Tom ‘The Franchise’ Seaver is long-deserving of a statue at Citi Field commemorating his achievements with the New York Mets,” reads the petition on Change.org. “Sign this petition to show your support!”
Seaver’s family announced Thursday he has been diagnosed with dementia and is retiring from public life, although he will “continue to work in his beloved vineyard at his California home.”
The news stunned Mets fans and prompted 19-year-old Nick Albicocco to start the petition.
“I came up with the idea after I read the article about his diagnosis,” Albicocco told the New York Post. “It’s terrible to see that happen to him. I never got the chance to watch him in person, but I know how much he meant to the franchise. He deserves to be honored. You go around stadiums around the country, and each team honors their legendary players. The Mets just don’t seem to be honoring their players I feel correctly.”
No one in franchise history is more deserving of a statue. Seaver won three Cy Young Awards and scored 198 of his 311 career wins in a Mets uniform. The 12-time All-Star helped the Mets to their first World Series championship in 1969. He also played with the Reds, White Sox and Red Sox before retiring in 1986 after 20 seasons.
There are currently no statues of Mets players outside Citi Field, which opened in 2009.