The long-awaited Tom Seaver statue at Citi Field will be unveiled on Opening Day in 2022, the Mets announced.
The unveiling was supposed to be later this season on July 22, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. However, the artist had asked the Mets for more time due to the pandemic.
“We are excited to unveil this one-of-a-kind tribute to Tom, but it has to be right,” team president Sandy Alderson said in an official statement. “Given delays related to the pandemic, the artist asked for additional time to complete his work. After conferring with the Seaver family, we made the decision to unveil the statue on Opening Day 2022.”
The Seaver family added: “We are excited to celebrate the unveiling with more fans at Citi Field in 2022 and know that Tom would be proud.”
The club announced plans for the statue in 2019, unveiling the design on June 27, 2019 at the newly named 41 Seaver Way at Citi Field.
The statue will be placed near the Home Run Apple outside the main entrance of the ballpark.
Seaver, the most iconic player in Mets history, died on Aug. 31, 2020 at the age of 75 after a battle with dementia.
The Mets are wearing a “41” patch on the sleeve of their jerseys this season in honor of Seaver.