Americas pastime has found a home here in New York City, so dont miss your chance to come on out and route for the home team! Two Major League Baseball teams currently call the Big Apple home, fueling a bitter rivalry often referred to as the Battle of the Boroughs. The New York Mets, known for their strong following in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island and Queens, are currently one of the top MLB National League teams, providing fans with plenty of jaw-dropping excitement and grandstand action! Founded in 1962 as an intended replacement for the recently departed Brooklyn Dodgers, the Mets succeeded in winning over the masses and rejuvenating the states love/hate relationship with the ever dominate American League New York Yankees. An afternoon of summertime fun awaits you inside the walls of Shea Stadium, so dont delay plan your AAMCAR New York Discount Car Rental baseball adventure today!
Interesting Facts about the Mets
- The New York Mets baseball club truly is the peoples team just look at their name! Mets, which is a shortened form of the word Metropolitans, is used to represent the teams strong community ties, while at the same time enforcing the idea of a team built for the entire New York metropolitan area.
- The New York Mets logo was designed by famed sports cartoonist Ray Gatto and represents the return of National League baseball to the Big Apple. The background of the logo features five distinctive buildings commemorating the teams strong ties to Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan. The building on the far left hand side is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn (known as the borough of churches). The second building from the left is also symbolic of a Brooklyn local, this time the Williamsburg Savings Bank, which is currently the boroughs tallest building. If you look closely you will see that the remaining imagines resemble that of the Woolworth Building, the Empire State Building and the United Nations Building.
- Only one home run has ever been into the upper level of bleachers at the Mets home field, inside Shea Stadium. This massive hit was executed on April 10th 1969 by the Mets own Tommie Agee. A sign currently marks the spot where the homer landed.
- Shea Stadium is currently the sixth oldest baseball stadium among the 30 existing Major League Baseball facilities.
Accolades and Championships
The New York Mets are currently one of the leagues most successful expansion teams winning four Division Championships, four National League Pennants and two World Series Championships. The Mets have also secured two wildcard births into the playoffs during their 44 year history with the league. Numerous Mets players have also been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NYC including Richie Ashburn, Tom Seaver, Duke Snider and Warren Spahn. The New York Mets are also known for their die-hard fans base which includes numerous television icons and movie stars. If youre planning on watching a game during your next AAMCAR New York Discount Car Rental vacation remember to keep your eyes peeled for the following celebrities: Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Michael Vartan, Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen and even Jon Stewart.
Plans for a New Mets Stadium
The New York Mets are currently waiting to learn the outcome on a new stadium proposal, which would provide the team with a brand-new state-of-the-art sporting facility. The proposal, which was announced on June 12th, 2005, would render Shea Stadium obsolete. Funding for the new stadium would be covered almost entirely by the Mets organization, with minimal assistance from the city.
If you would like to learn more about the Mets upcoming season please feel free to visit their official webpage at www.mets.com once youve reserved your AAMCAR New York discount car rental. Baseball is very much a part of the NYC experience, so dont miss your chance to check out a game during your upcoming Big Apple vacation. If you cant manage to make a game during your upcoming AAMCAR New York Discount Car Rental vacation you can still show appreciate for the Mets by sporting orange and blue on game days!