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Honoring A Hero: Mets Dedicate Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Published April 16, 2009
|State Officials, Rachel Robinson Take Part
In Dedication Of Jackie Robinson Rotunda
BEFITTING A LEGEND: In N.Y., George Vecsey writes the rotunda is a "powerful tribute to the first African-American major leaguer of the 20th century," and is a "highly visible reminder of a man who made history 62 years ago by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers." Mets Owner Fred Wilpon: "This is a forever place. The entrance to our home" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/16). MLB.com's Anthony DiComo wrote the rotunda is "beautiful" and is the "jewel of Citi Field." When Wilpon built the rotunda, he "wanted it to become a perpetual reminder of all that Robinson did for the game." DuPuy: "It is appropriate that this rotunda -- open, living inclusive, a sport where all fans can come and congregate -- is a fitting tribute to the player who made us realize that baseball, too, can be inclusive." But DiComo noted while the percentage of MLB players that are African-American has reached 10.2%, the levels "are not where baseball wants them to be" (MLB.com, 4/15).
Howard Addresses Some Of
Fans' Complaints Of Citi Field
STRONG CONCESSIONS: Howard said Citi Field has been “setting records -- not just Mets records, but records for Aramark -- in terms of business that we’ve done.” Howard: “There’s no question that this ballpark, especially with regard to the infrastructure and the way that we’ve designed the food & beverage and merchandise layout, has responded very well.” However, he added the team “did have some food service challenges (Monday) that we will work through” (“Mike Francesa,” YES Network, 4/14).