Sometime this season, Mets fans can hope that a sign which reads “Oppo Taco” appears during a home game. That is Travis d’Arnaud’s personal phrase. In the 80s, we witnessed the “Ks” go up in the K Corner as Dwight Gooden struck out the competition.
Prior to any of this was Karl Ehrhardt, aka: the “Mets Sign Guy”. He first emerged during the 1964 season and became an icon at Shea Stadium up until the 1981 season. He’d sit in the same seat along the third base line and he’d wear the same hat. In 2006, Ehrhardt estimated he had 1,200 signs. Before he went to a game, he’d go through them and choose about 60 to take with him.
After the Mets won the 1969 season, his sign said it all: “There Are No Words”. He was right. He rode with the ‘69 Mets in their victory parade and held up a sign which read, “They Said it Couldn’t Be Done”.
The fact is, he was always right. His signs said what the Met fans felt. After the Mets traded Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman, his sign