Saturday, March 29, 2014
Fan hopes Mets honor Kiner forever
By Mark Simon
The Mets will honor Ralph Kiner on Opening Day with a ceremony that will include the unveiling of a commemorative logo above the left-field wall.
One fan has been active in leading a campaign for just a little bit more.
“Ed” a 31-year-old Mets fan from Long Island (he’s asked for anonymity) has started the Twitter handle @MetKinersKorner trying to gain support for renaming sections 132, 133 and 134 at Citi Field “Kiner’s Korner.”
Kiner, a broadcaster for the Mets since 1962, died this winter at 91.
The petition has the support of more than 4,800 Twitter followers, including rapper Chuck D and ESPN SportsCenter host Linda Cohn.
“Ralph Kiner meant so much to me and to Mets fans that he deserves a tribute in perpetuity,” Ed said. “Not only he was the voice of summer, but since he stayed on TV after Bob Murphy went to radio, be became the voice of bedtime for many generations. He was like a grandfather to so many people for so long. Ralph was the quintessential Met.”
The section of the ballpark would be the left-field corner, a spot not encumbered by any sponsorships of note (such as the Pepsi Porch). Kiner played left field in a 10-year career from 1946 to 1955 prior to joining the Mets organization.
“He deserves something out in the open so a kid can see it and say to his dad or mom, 'Who’s Ralph Kiner?'” Ed said.
Kiner’s family will be at the ballpark on Opening Day. The Mets will wear a uniform patch in tribute to him all season. Ed is hoping the tribute lasts a little longer than that.
“It would be the right thing to do,” he said.