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As a means of distracting their followers and baseball connoisseurs in general from their untidy performance on the field, the Mets ought to make the field smaller, i.e., reduce the acreage of the playing field at Citi Field.
This is not a novel thought. And coming as it has, on the heels of a 9-1 Mets' victory on Thursday in a game in which they hit three home runs and executed properly, it's even poorly timed. But the time has come to change the Citi. Call it urban renewal.
Some reconstruction might keep the public eye from perusing the standings.
Right field at Citi need not be Yankee Stadium-esque, but it needs to be smaller and more inviting to men who swing the bat. The tall wall in left-center could be moved a tad closer and perhaps shortened. But as is, it facilitates extra-base hits and, as Shea Stadium did in all directions, legitimizes the home runs that are hit. Leave it alone.
Right field is the rub. The club isn't about to turn away from the advertising revenue the Mo Zone generates in right. Its less-than-stuffed pockets need all available pennies. But the Mets ought to eliminate, adjust or move the Zone and make life easier for their best player and most recognizable face. Eliminate Mo, add some seats -- they may be necessary again one day -- and give David Wright a fighting chance to hit 30 home runs.
The Zone does little to enhance the place, and never was any sort of architectural necessity caused by the cramped quarters of neighborhood blocks and buildings (see Wrigley and Fenway and some decommissioned arenas). It merely is a contrived quirk, a barrier in more ways than one. It's not poppycock to suggest Wright's career, if it is to be spent in Flushing, will be significantly squeezed by an advertising alcove. And the benefit of that would be what?