Shea Stadium became Carter Country in 1985 when Gary Carter brought his All-Star career to Queens and connected it to a contemporary sitcom. And of course, with the arrival of Darryl Strawberry, right field at Shea was Strawberry Field for the better part of eight seasons; Strawberry Field forever when the man assigned to play there declined to alter his defensive position, creating the Strawberry Patch. And lest we forget, there were Piggy's Pen where Joe Pignatano raised tomatoes and The K Corner where Dwight Gooden raised expectations.
And now another player's identity and the Mets' home park are about to be linked in a special way. If Jason Bay, the slugging free-agent outfielder the Mets have coveted, passes a pending physical, left field at Citi Field is likely to become Bayside, Queens.