The baseball world learned some sad news Thursday, as it was announced that New York Mets legend Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia and is retiring from public life.
There not surprisingly has been an outpouring of support and amid the somber announcement, and a Mets fan has been inspired to action to ensure that Seaver is “correctly” honored by the team.
Nick Albicocco, a 19-year-old die-hard Mets fan, has launched a petition at Change.org that pushes for a statue to be erected at Citi Field in honor of the Mets icon.
“Tom ‘The Franchise’ Seaver is long-deserving of a statue at Citi Field commemorating his achievements with the New York Mets,” the petition reads. “Sign this petition to show your support!”
“I came up with the idea after I read the article about his diagnosis,” Albicocco told the New York Post in a phone interview. “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.”
The Mets organization’s official statement on the sad Seaver news, via COO Jeff Wilpon, indicated the team is “planning to honor” Seaver in “special ways,” as the icon will not attend the 50th anniversary celebration commemorating the 1969 World Series-winning team.
Statement from Jeff Wilpon on behalf of ownership and the Mets organization on Tom Seaver. pic.twitter.com/LozVvDR27T— New York Mets (@Mets) March 7, 2019
As of Friday morning, less than 200 fans have signed the petition in support of the statue measure, but as more and more major outlets like the Post publicize the movement, there is no doubt interest will increase exponentially.
Further, given the Mets have indicated intentions to properly pay tribute to Seaver, a statue certainly would be a fitting way of doing so.