When the New York Mets moved from their decrepit old building to their fancy new digs this season, they became the latest pro team to trade in their quaint stadium name for a profit-making corporate one. And Shea Stadium became Citi Field. (At least until the inevitable, and Citi goes bankrupt.)
For some Mets fans, giving up 40-plus years of stadium history for a moneymaking moniker – especially one for a bank, was too much to bear. So they did what any true sports fan would do: they made a t-shirt.
From the folks behind websites No Mas and Uni Watch was born the “I’m Calling It Shea” shirt, a way for old-school Mets fans to show their love for the stadium they grew up in… in while flipping the bird to corporate naming rights.
And due to the popularity of the Shea shirt, they’ve announced a new batch of shirts (shipping in mid-July) for other fans who lost longtime stadiums to new, sterile corporate names.
Denver fans can tell Invesco “I Still Call It Mile High”, and Tribe fans get “I Still Call it The Jake.” Fans in the Windy City can call U.S. Cellular and tell ‘em “I Still Call It Comiskey.” And long suffering ‘Phins fans who lived through the indignity of cheering in a stadium named after underwear and are now trying to wrap their heads around Landshark Stadium, can let them know “I Still Call it Joe Robbie.”
The shirts sell for $25 each, and 10 percent of the proceeds go to a local food bank.