As you may recall, the Mets’ long-delayed, much-ballyhooed Tom Seaver statue, which was finally unveiled last spring, had an embarrassing error, as the “4” on the back uni number was rendered incorrectly. Just to refresh your memory, here’s another look at the typographic glitch, which was first spotted last year by Uni Watch reader Steve Dodell:
When I interviewed William Behrends, the sculptor who made the statue, back in May, I asked him if it would be possible to fix the “4.” He responded: “It could be done. It’s not easy, though — once something’s installed on-site, then it becomes much harder to do than if it were in a foundry setting. It’s not unprecedented, but it would be quite a production.”
At the very least, I figured that meant no fix would be forthcoming during the 2022 MLB season. But I wondered if the Mets might add the missing stub to the numeral during the offseason. It seems like something they could do over the winter without anyone noticing, and then they could announce the fix on Opening Day (or just let people discover it for themselves).
So with the start of the season fast approaching, I got on the subway the other day and rode out to Queens to check out the current state of the statue (90 minutes each way, but I brought a few magazines to read). The angle of the sun made it hard to get a good shot, but here’s what I found:
Sorry about the image quality, but hopefully you can see that they have not changed or fixed the numeral. So they’ve apparently decided to stick with the existing design.
I think that’s the right decision. As Behrends, the sculptor, said when I interviewed him:
[A]s I look at the bigger picture of it, [the incorrect “4”] is also evidence — unfortunate as it is — that all of this was made by human hands. Every pinstripe, every button, it was a human hand that did that, and humans are fallible.
Well put. Most fans will never know the difference — and those who do, like us, will have a nice little story to think about for years to come. Good call, Mets!
Chris Christie could not be reached for comment.