NEW YORK — Every member of the Mets put dirt on his right knee to symbolize Tom Seaver’s quintessential drop and drive delivery. As each player took the field, he stopped at his position and tipped his cap to No. 41, which hangs in the upper deck in left field.
The long-awaited Mets Seaver statue is in the process of being made, which takes about 18 months, and is expected to be unveiled in early 2021. Starting this weekend, the Mets will wear a uniform patch on the sleeve of their jerseys for the remainder of the year.
The Mets honored The Franchise in many ways in their return to Citi Field on Thursday for a Subway Series matchup — the team’s first game since the news that Tom Seaver died at the age of 75.
A No. 41 jersey hung in the Mets dugout. Purple and black bunting was displayed behind home plate, in addition to the bunting draped over the 41 Seaver Way entrance to Citi Field. The right-field scoreboard was displayed in the style of Shea Stadium circa 1969.