The players give their reaction to Citi Field compared to Shea Stadium

Every single player around the league has been saying they don’t like Citi Field because of the dimensions or because of the feel that Shea Stadium could never have. Here is what Chipper Jones had to say about the difference:

“Citi Field is a lot bigger than Shea; it doesn’t affect me as much as it affects Wright and (Jason) Bay and those guys,” said Jones, who will return to Atlanta’s starting lineup tonight following knee and quad injuries. “At Shea there was a jet stream out to right-center. I’ve seen David tattoo balls here that sometimes get caught that would have been home runs at Shea. It’s funny to see those guys lace a ball off the wall and get to second base and look at me, like ‘Damn!’ It can be frustrating.”

He also said this about the Citi Field’s atmosphere compared to Shea’s:

He dragged his sore quad and surgically repaired knee one more time into Flushing, and the new place was something of an unpleasant reminder about how the romance and aura of the venue had flown. “Not the same atmosphere,” said Jones, who named his son after Shea. “The fans were right there on top of you. It’s a little more laid-back now, the same thing in Atlanta. You can still yell at the fans. But you got to scream a lot louder.”

Chipper is right that Citi doesn’t have the same feel that Shea ever did but I think that it all has to do with winning. Whenever Chipper would come to Shea, the Mets were always putting up a good year or trying to take the Braves out of contention. Now, the Mets have been so bad they can’t even compete with the Braves. They have had difficulty winning series after series. As for the stadium dimensions, they are completely different than Shea and they were made that way so pitchers couldn’t give up so many home runs just like the big one in 2006 that Aaron Heilman gave up in the NLCS. Overall, I think his points are very valid and I think you could see a change with the stadium and with the team. In a few years, the atmosphere will be back to where it was in Shea when you saw tons of magic. But one thing that won’t change is that Chipper Jones will always be a Met killer…

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