Yes here we are in the middle of January, and pitchers and catchers are about a scant 4 weeks or so away. Albeit there has been noise made by the Mets for all the wrong reasons (whispers of financial ruin, the inability to re-sign Jose Reyes) there has been very little in terms of transactions to get a Mets fans juices a flowing.
There are reports that ticket sales – whether they are for full season or partial plans are slower than Luis Castillo’s range, and unless the Mets front office does some thing bold – I expect the Mets to finish under 2 million in fan attendance for the first time in years.
So we know the Mets don’t have the money to retain their own high priced free agents – let alone anybody elses, so the question remains how will the Mets put fans butts in Citi Field seats this summer ?
I say a new positively charged advertising slogan should do the trick !
I have recently contracted the advertising firm of Doowee, Cheatem and Howe to come up with some slogans that will reinvigorate this apathetic fan base, and here are the seven best slogans that they could come up with.
7. “Things are bound to get better – right ???”
6. “Jose who ? We have Ronny Cedeno !”
5. “Hey we got rid of Ollie and Louie C !!!!”
4. ” Come to Citi Field – you might see a Mets win !!”
3. “We may not be the Yankees – but we have Mr. Met !!”
2. “Come see the Mets this summer – the lines at Blue Smoke and Shake Shack will be 50% shorter !”
And coming in at number one - ” The Magic Is Back – Part Deux !!”
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Today would have marked the 70th birthday for one time Mets outfielder, Danny Napoleon (1942). He played with the Mets from the ’65-’66 seasons.
One of the forgotten members of the dominant Mets pitching staffs from the late ’60′s to early ’70′s, Jim McAndrew is 68 (1944) .
Reserve outfielder from ’77-’80, Dan Norman is celebrating his 57th birthday (1955) . Unfortunately Dan will always be known as one of the the players that the Mets received in return from the Cincinnati Reds for Tom Seaver.
Mets third base coach from ’05-’06, Manny Acta is 43 (1969) . He is currently the manager of the Cleveland Indians.
One of the best fielding shortstops in Mets history, Rey Ordóñez is 41 (1971). Too bad he was barely a passable hitter.
Reserve outfielder from the ’98-’9 seasons, Jermaine Allensworth turns 40 (1972) .
The New York Mets selected Jeff McKnight in second round of free agent draft on January 11, 1983. He would go on to be a utility-man for the Mets from ’89-’94.
The Texas Rangers signed spot starter/middle reliever, Pat Mahomes of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 11, 2001.
The New York Mets traded minor league prospect, Javier Ochoa to the Cleveland Indians for middle reliever, Tom Martin on January 11, 2001.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Joe DePastino on January 11, 2001.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Tsuyoshi Shinjo of the San Francisco Giants on January 11, 2003. This was Shinjo’s second go round with the Mets, but by this time he was way past his prime.
The New York Mets signed free agent center fielder, Carlos Beltran of the Houston Astros on January 11, 2005. Yes his six years with the Mets were turbulent to say the least, but I don’t think it is such a stretch to say that he is quite possible the best player to man center field with the Mets.
Rumor has it that Mo Vaughn has bought a minority share of the Mets. The deal breaker was that he will have his portrait erected by the Modell’s Zone !!!!