By Phineas Rueckert
Nearly 50 years have passed since the Miracle Mets lived out a dream by beating the Baltimore Orioles in five games to win the 1969 World Series in just their seventh season.
Yesterday, the city bestowed an Amazin’ honor on that team’s legendary ace, renaming a seven-block section of 126th Street outside Citi Field after Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
The city unveiled Seaver Way on Thursday, as the 2019 Mets geared up for the final game of a four-game series in Philadelphia.
“Tom Seaver may not have laid the bricks of Citi Field but he helped build the foundation this franchise is celebrated for,” said Councilmember Francisco Moya, who introduced the legislation to rename the street. “It’s an honor and childhood dream come true to immortalize one of the greatest Mets of all time with this street renaming.”
The bill to rename the stretch of 126th street passed the City Council on Wednesday, in advance of the ceremony.
The stadium’s new address, 41 Seaver Way, is no accident, either. Seaver wore the number 41 during his decade pitching for the Mets from 1967-1977, during which he won more than 150 games and three Cy Young awards. The Mets retired Seaver’s number back on June 24, 1988.
Seaver did not attend the ceremony. As the Eagle has reported, he was diagnosed with dementia and retired from public life last year.
The 2019 Mets, for their part, have their work cut out for them if they hope to replicate the success of their 50-year forebears. They currently trail the Atlanta Braves by 11 games in the NL East.