On Sunday, the Mets will honor four key members of their last World Championship team: pitcher Dwight Gooden, outfielder Darryl Strawberry, manager Davey Johnson and general manager Frank Cashen.
Amazingly, tickets for the game are not sold out. As of yesterday afternoon, seats were still available in the Promenade Reserved and Promenade Reserved Infield sections as well as the pricier field level ones. There were also close to 1,500 tickets on StubHub.
Didn’t we want the Mets to pay more attention to team history? We have a funny way of showing it.
Last year, Mets fans bashed ownership for creating a generic looking ballpark that evoked the Brooklyn Dodgers more than their own franchise’s history. This year, the Wilpons addressed those concerns. We have a beautiful Mets Hall of Fame, banners honoring some of the great players of the past and all sorts of other nice touches.
We’re getting to see the first Mets Hall of Fame inductions since Tommie Agee went in back in 2002. And people don’t seem to care.
Look, I get it – it’s expensive to go to a Mets game. And after a nice run, the 2010 squad isn’t all that much fun to watch right now. But Sunday is not about the 2010 Mets – it’s about honoring the legends of 1986 and showing ownership that they should continue to pay attention to what we say that we want.
If you can make it to Sunday’s game, you should be there if you call yourself a Mets fan. If you can’t afford to go or if you have other obligations, I understand.
If you don’t want to support Dwight Gooden after reading the story in Saturday’s New York Post, I understand. I even kind of agree with you — if those allegations are true, Gooden is not a very good human being.
But it’s important to remember that the Post reaches for readership by emphasizing the negative, and they didn’t look very hard to find Gooden to ask for his side of the story. Gooden was pretty easy to locate in Cooperstown this weekend, apparently. Blogger Brooklyn Met Fan was able to reach out to Gooden, so it raises the question of why the Post didn’t.
I’m just tired of arguments like this one claiming that the game is a “money grab” by the Mets. Of course it’s an attempt to draw in more fans and make more money – the Wilpons are running a business. The question is whether you want them to design future promotions around Mets heritage or whether you’d prefer to see “Twilight” night and Justin Bieber night on next year’s schedule.
I’m tired of arguments about the Wilpons not being committed to winning. Sunday isn’t about the 2010 team – it’s supposed to be a celebration of 1986. You know, back when the Mets actually won.
I’m going to be at CitiField on Sunday, and I hope that at least the Promenade sections are sold out. It would be sad to think that there aren’t enough people who care about Mets history to fill the ballpark.