Mets to reveal Seaver statue on Friday

METS TO REVEAL SEAVER STATUE ON FRIDAY

In a press release issued today, the New York Mets announced more details about Tom Seaver’s statue reveal scheduled this Friday at Citi Field.

The pre-game ceremony is scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m., prior to the Mets’ 1:10 pm home opener vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. The statue will be located to the right of the Home Run Apple in front of Citi Field.

“There is a reason he was called ‘The Franchise’,” said Mets owner Steve Cohen in a statement released today. “You can’t measure what Tom Seaver meant to this organization. This magnificent statue will be a wonderful daily reminder to Mets fans coming to Citi Field that Tom Seaver is forever a Mets legend.”

According to the release:

The statue of Tom Seaver features his iconic drop and drive delivery and is two times life-size to scale. The statue is 10 feet high from the granite pitcher’s mound and 13 ½ feet in length. The total weight of the statue is 3,200 pounds (2,000 pounds of bronze and 1,200 pounds of structural stainless steel). The granite mound came in nine separate pieces that weighed 33,600 pounds and added approximately three feet in height.

Sculptor William Behrends, who designed and sculpted Willie Mays and Tony Gwynn was commissioned for the Seaver statue. He said,  “Tom Seaver’s larger than life presence on the mound and his dynamic pitching delivery were both a challenge and a rich inspiration to me as a sculptor. I am most grateful to the Seaver family for being so generous with their time in sharing stories of him and insights into the extraordinary man he was.”

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