Swoboda's Marlins connection
A famous former Met has a silhouette on the sign of the right-field entrance at Citi Field as well as a connection to the Marlins.
Ron Swoboda, a hero on the Mets 1969 World Series championship team, is currently a broadcaster for the Marlins’ Triple-A New Orleans affiliate.
In New York for a Mets fantasy camp weekend, Swoboda mingled with the Marlins on Sunday, especially the players who opened the season at New Orleans. That list includes Chris Coghlan, Brett Hayes and Brian Sanches.
In Game 4 of the 1969 World Series, Swoboda made a diving, back-handed grab to rob Brooks Robinson of extra bases. A silhouette of the diving Swoboda is above the right-field entrance.
“I was going to stand out there and let people walk by,” Swoboda joked. “I move as good as that guy on the sign. Maybe a little better. But that’s pretty cool to see something like that.”
Swoboda’s catch came in Shea Stadium, which now is a parking lot.
“It’s America,” Swoboda said. “Everything turns into a parking lot, eventually.”
Asked if his catch was the best ever in the World Series, the 64-year-old former outfielder said: “It makes a few lists. When you’re as long as past your playing career, that’s nice to have something memorable, aside from running over the shortstop on a short fly on the left side when you forgot to call it. Which I did to Buddy Harrelson a couple of times.”
– Joe Frisaro