Sunday, March 30, 2014

Twitter campaign to honor Ralph Kiner at Citi Field

2014 marks the first opening day in Mets history without Ralph Kiner who passed away in February. Kiner was part of the original Mets broadcast team starting in 1962 with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy. Up through last season, Ralph still worked occasional games in the TV booth.

The Mets will honor Kiner during pregame ceremonies at the home opener. But one fan has been using Twitter to spearhead an effort to name sections 132-134 of Citi Field as "Kiner's Korner" to pay a more special tribute to the legendary broadcaster. For more details on this effort and to join the campaign, follow @MetKinersKorner which has over 5200 supporters as of this writing.

The left field corner of Forbes Field in Pittsburgh was dubbed Kiner's Korner when the Hall of Famer played for the Pirates. Later, Kiner's Korner became the name of the postgame show that Ralph hosted after home telecasts on WOR-TV Channel 9.



I think naming an area in left field at Citi Field in honor of Ralph Kiner would be a tremendous way for the Mets to pay tribute to one of the legendary figures in franchise history.

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