Not so long ago (2009), the New York Mets opened a new stadium in Flushing. It was supposed to be a classy, exposed-brick-and-green-steel tribute to the franchise's ascendance. Instead, Citi Field has been a monument to the Mets' modern futility and clumsiness.
First there was the sightlines problem. (Well, I should start even earlier: There was the problem with the stadium's naming rights, purchased for $400 million, belonging to a federally bailed-out corporation.) Then there was the broken home run apple. There were all the Dodgers tributes sprinkled throughout the place, with few Mets counterparts. And there were the weird outfield walls. The team had nearly a billion dollars to spend, and they got most everything wrong.