Mets honor Tom Seaver with street renaming near Citi Field
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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It was a special day for Mets fans everywhere as the team honored legendary pitcher Tom Seaver with a street renaming at Citi Field. 

In a move that was first announced in March, 126th Street between Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue has been renamed Seaver Way, with the stadium making the official address change to 41 Seaver Way. 

Seaver was arguably the most beloved Mets figure, earning nicknames like “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise,” in his 12 seasons with the team. In his Mets career, Seaver was 198-124 with a 2.57 ERA, more than 3,600 strikeouts, 171 complete games and 44 shutouts. He won three Cy Young awards, the 1969 World Series and the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year.

The team also announced that they have commissioned a statue of Seaver which will be placed in front of the ballpark. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said the team will provide a timeline for the construction of the statue once the final plans are approved by the club's Hall of Fame committee.

Earlier this year, fans called on the Mets to erect a statue in Seaver’s honor after his battle with dementia was made public. At the same time, Seaver announced that he was retiring from public life.

Although he and wife, Nancy, did not attend the unveiling on Thursday, their two daughters and four grandsons joined members of the 1969 World Series club to celebrate the honor.

His daughter Sarah remembered his passion for playing in Queens and mentioned that he might be watching the ceremony live from his home.

“Dad loved, he loved playing in New York,’’ she said. “He loved playing for New Yorkers. He loved pitching. He loved the work, the work that he put into pitching.”

She added that her father still loved to work in his vineyard in northern California. He also takes care of his animals, three dogs and countless cats. She noted that he always shares the message of working hard with his family.

“Whatever that thing is your heart, do it to the best of your ability,” she added. “That is the Tom Seaver way.” 

In the summer of 2016, Wilpon visited Seaver at his vineyard and listened as he shared fascinating stories from his career. It was also the moment when he began planning for the street renaming in Seaver’s honor.

He reflected on Seaver’s commitment to the clubhouse and the community in both his personal and professional life. He also remembered witnessing Seaver’s pitching skills firsthand.

“I slightly remember Tom pitching during the 1969 season, but later attending Game 5 of the World Series with my dad, which I do remember well,” WIlpon said. “I’ll never forget the excitement and the celebration that followed. That memory is as fresh in my mind today as it was on October 16, 1969.”

Councilman Francisco Moya remembered his own father’s den where he had a photo of both Seaver and soccer legend Pelé. He recalled growing up and hearing about the Miracle Mets and later experiencing the 1986 championship team.

“He may not have laid the bricks of Citi Field but he helped build this franchise that we celebrate,” Moya said. “Our ballpark was built on his right arm so it’s also fitting for Citi Field to now reside on 41 Seaver Way.”

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