NEW YORK -- Banner Day
is debuting at Citi Field on Sunday, reinstating a tradition from 1963-96 that manager Terry Collins is completely on board with.
"We have to realize this game's all about the fans. That's why we play it. That's why we have these beautiful stadiums, to get these fans in," Collins said. "If Banner Day is something fans like and want to do, sign me up. Sign me up for anything that gets them to the ballpark. Sign me up for anything that creates that excitement that they want to come to the games."
Participants must check in with their game tickets at the Bullpen Plaza on 126th Street at 37th Avenue. The banners must be at least 22 inches by 28 inches and celebrate the Mets' 50th anniversary or a fan's favorite memory of the club.
Hall of Famers Dwight Gooden and Rusty Staub will serve as judges along with WFAN radio personalities Howie Rose and Evan Roberts before fans' texting, Twitter and Facebook votes help decide a winner from a group of three finalists. The winner will win a trip for two to a 2013 Spring Training game in Port St. Lucie, Fla.