Yesterday morning at 10 a.m I was all prepared to take advantage of the Mets holiday ticket offer. Obviously I was psyched because last season the Mets didn’t start selling individual tickets until February .
Okay so I am on the Mets.com site and to my amazement I saw that the least expensive seats for Opening Day is $63. 63 DOLLARS !?! FOR THE WORST SEATS IN THE STADIUM ???? That is what I paid for my seats in the Caesars Club last season if my memory serves me right.
Look I understand that the Mets are still in fiscal dire straits – but to soak the fans that live to go to Opening Day is just wrong.
I have been going to Opening Day for the past 5 years. I make a day of it. I tailgate with my wife, and fellow Mets bloggers as well as our readers. I usually buy a jersey at the team store, and meet up with other friends at the Shea Bridge.
This is a ritual for me and many fans- the DIE HARDS – not the white collar corporate suits that sit behind home plate and barely watch the game. I know that this is a capitalistic society and the law of supply and demand is the rule, but to raise the price of the seats that I sat in last Opening Day by almost 50% is reprehensible. Maybe if the team raised their payroll and imported quality players, re-sign David Wright and R.A Dickey – or better yet do all three things, then I can see the justification of raising the prices of seats.
What this boils down to is that my wife and I may just skip Opening Day this upcoming season – and that saddens me . Fred, Jeff, Unkie Saul – WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ?!?
All I can say is once again the Mets shoot themselves in the foot !!!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Starting pitcher from the ’77 season, Jackson Todd (1951)
Mets middle reliever from the ’95 season, Kevin Lomon is 41 (1971).
Middle reliever from the ’07 season, Lino Urdaneta is 33 (1979).
Sadly on this date in 1998 Dick Sisler passed away. He was a member of Joe Torre’s coaching staff from ’79-’80.
The New York Mets traded minor league pitching prospect, Reggie Dobie to the Seattle Mariners for reserve outfielder, Chuck Carr on November 20, 1988.
The New York Mets traded Jorge Fabregas to the Florida Marlins for minor league pitcher, Oscar Henriquezon November 20, 1998.
The New York Mets claimed reserve outfielder, Esix Snead on waivers from the St Louis Cardinals on November 20, 2001.
The Boston Red Sox claimed middle reliever, Edwin Almonte of the New York Mets on waivers on November 20, 2003.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Moises Alou of the San Francisco Giants on November 20, 2006. I maintain this was a good move by Omar. When healthy Alou was still one of the best all around outfielders in the game.
The New York Mets traded pitchers, Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Florida Marlins for pitchers, Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick on November 20, 2006. Many fans chided former Mets G.M., Omar Minaya in the years following the trade since Lindstom and Owens had success with the Marlins. But both pitchers faded from the radar a few seasons later.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Guillermo Mota to the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher, Johnny Estrada on November 20, 2007. Estrada never played a single game for the Mets.
Mo Vaughn nearly choked on his Twinkies when he learned of the nearly 50% increase in Mets Opening Day tickets !!!!