There has been a lot of talk, anger and outrage since it was disclosed on Tuesday that ESPN has decided to air the Mets May 26th game versus the Atlanta Braves as part of their Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. Why is there such a hubbud you may ask ? Well that Sunday has been scheduled as a afternoon game to host the second straight season of the return of Banner Day.
Under the ESPN scenario fans will be allowed to parade their home made banners around Citi Field starting at 5 p.m. with the actual game starting at 8:05 pm. I am a purist and I feel that this scenario is wrong. I know it is Memorial Day weekend but and a lot of people will not be working the next day – but Banner Day in my opinion must be hosted in the early afternoon. It has been reported that the Mets are unwilling to reschedule the game to a different day – such as May 11th like my Blogger in Arms, Shannon Shark from Mets Police has suggested.
I feel I have a good idea that will help smooth over the acrimony that this has stated – in addition to having Banner Day on May 26th followed by the ESPN game give the fans something elso to make them want to come to Citi Field. Something like lets say umm … BRINGING BACK OLD TIMERS DAY !!!
Think about it Mets brass if you happen to be reading this (and I know you are) you are killing two birds with one stone. Bringing back both of these beloved events on one day could possibly get fans in seats and increase revenue for a night game that most likely will not draw well. Even if there is no exhibition softball game between old Mets players such as Mookie, Tom Terrific and Mo Vaughn then hows about honoring the 40th anniversary of the “YA GOTTA BELIEVE” National League pennant winning team of ’73.
This is crazy enough to make everybody happy .
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Original Mets third baseman, Don ‘Popeye” Zimmer is 82 (1931).
The New York Mets selected third baseman, Roy Staiger in first round (24th pick overall) of free agent draft on January 17, 1970. Staiger was used primarily in a reserve role. In his three season with the Mets, Roy appeared in 148 games and hit .226 with 4 homers and 37 RBIs.
The New York Mets selected shortstop, Kevin Elster in second round of free agent draft on January 17, 1984.
The New York Mets signed free agent shortstop, Rafael Santana on January 17, 1984.Santana may not have been a great or even good hitting outfielder, but man was he a vacuum when he played defense.
The New York Mets traded back up catcher, Kelly Stinnett to the Milwaukee Brewers for middle reliever, Cory Lidle on January 17, 1996.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed starting pitcher, Jeff D’Amico of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 17, 2003.
The New York Mets signed free agent starting pitcher, Chris Young of the San Diego Padres on January 17, 2011. Young has been a mixed bag since his return from ACL surgery, and he might be back in a Mets uniform by the start of the ’13 season.
Mo Vaughn likes to go in through the out door !!!