Nik and I recently moved into a new condo and wasted no time making on of the bedrooms a sports room. The room was already painted red when we moved in and since most of our frames and shelves were a dark color, we decided to leave the paint color alone. (Note: click on any of the pictures to view as a larger size.)
We immediately got to work on decorating the room. My seats from Shea Stadium served as the centerpiece and we worked around them for the rest of the room. The Mets rug is the most recent addition to the room and it fits perfectly. What follows is a guided picture tour of the room.
The shelf. I’m known to collect and save things from time to time.
One item that I have a lot of are bobbleheads. I’m working on putting more of them on display in this room, but for now I have a few of my favorites on the top shelf, along with a picture of me with Mike Piazza. At the very top is a bat we had made in honor of our wedding day. (Other bobbleheads are on a shelf in the living room.)
The second shelf has a picture of a Diamondvision message that says ‘The Mets Welcome the Rubinstein Family’; two hockey pucks that I got signed by Bobby Hull and Jonathan Toews; a batting practice ball that David Wright threw to the fans in Milwaukee that Nik caught; Mini bobbleheads and a giant Penguins button. (Also randomly on the shelf is a candle from my senior prom in the back corner.)
The third shelf has a stack of travel books; a Don Larsen signed baseball; a Mike Piazza signed baseball; Stanley Cup Final 2010 patch; Season ticket holder gift: picture of the four Blackhawks ambassadors- Denis Savard, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Bobby Hull; Couple Mets Bud bottles and mini helmets.
The fourth shelf has a football signed by former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel; the basketball is signed by former Ohio State great Jim Jackson; and a few mini football helmets, one of which is signed by Jim Tressel. Not sports related, but equally as cool, is a set of drumsticks from Levon Helm that he gave me when I met him in 2005.
The wall above the Shea seats has a custom framed picture with our souvenir tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals and to the home opener/banner raising game. I bought the team picture that is at the top, but the bottom picture is one I took at the home opener when the team raised the banner. To the right is a Mets neon clock and below is a picture of me with Jonathan Toews that I was able to have him sign. In the mounted bat case is the broken bat of Mets minor league player Allan Dykstra that I got when I saw the Binghamton Mets play in Portland, Maine.
The small side of the room has a Pearl Jam concert poster that I bought several years ago on eBay. It fits perfectly in this room. The other wall has a few team logo banners of the teams Nik grew up rooting for. Penn State, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The highlight of that wall is the puck case.
A closeup of the puck case. Some are autographed by several Blackhawks players including Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Adam Burish. The other pucks have been collected over the years.
Last, but not least, the Mets rug.
There is more to come for this room, including some panoramic pictures that we need to get framed, so stay tuned for more updates!
You can view a full set of pictures on my Flickr page.