Baseball-Savvy Actress Explores Mets' New Park

Mets fans will take time to warm to new stadium, actress says
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 1:15 PM CDT
In this photo provided the New York Mets, a cloud of dust marks the end of Shea Stadium as a demolition crew sends its last standing piece crashing to the ground, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/New York Mets, Marc Levine)
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(Newser) – The name of the Mets' new ballpark may evoke unpleasant parallels between the crashing economy and the team's penchant for late-season collapses, but maybe Citi Field can still represent a fresh start for the Mets, writes Julia Stiles for the Wall Street Journal. The award-winning actress, an avid fan, opens with a shot at the Yankees and fondly remembers Shea Stadium as she checks out the new stadium.

"Conceptually it is an absolute improvement, reminiscent of Ebbets Field, with stands like the old Polo Grounds," writes Stiles, a native New Yorker and Columbia grad. And "the only place you'll find a quicker ladies room is at a Rush concert." She has mixed feelings about the expanded food options but not about the puzzling lack of memorabilia: "We don't need to forget everything that happened in the old park; Mets fans are proud to be long-suffering."