Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 4-2

Shea La Vie. The end of Shea Stadium came Sunday with a crushing, season-ending Mets defeat, 44 years after the ballpark in Flushing rose to resurrect National League baseball in New York.

The crack of Ryan Church's bat in the bottom of the ninth inning brought 56,059 Mets fans to their feet with hopeful anticipation of some final Amazin's magic.

A collective groan filled the house when his high fly ball landed in the glove of Florida Marlins' rookie center fielde...

Florida's Wes Helms is rounding the bases as jerseys are being handed out to a banquet-roomful of Met greats just beyond the left-field foul pole.

Nobody wants this. Nobody wants to close Shea with a loss and an elimination.

The mood in the room darkens a little more when the Marlins' Dan Uggla makes the score 4-2 with a homer in the top of the eighth.

One by one the Amazin' legends don their colors once more, stopping for an autograph here, a story there.

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