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Are you going to Mets Hall of Fame Day?

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.

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Hufflepuff. Level 43 entertainment junkie and Mets fan. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.

7 thoughts on “Are you going to Mets Hall of Fame Day?

  1. I don’t really count StubHub as an indicater of fan reaction. A bunch of people may just be tolling to see interest. You know “They stink now so maybe i can sell these to cover the cost of a few games”.
    Besides, the Mets have to be the worst in putting on any sort of induction. The 1986 reunion was the worst thing I’ve ever seen, let alone attended. I have less faith in the ceremony department than I do in the G.M.s office (O.K. maybe not but it’s close)

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    1. If the folks that bought the tickets originally thought that Mets Hall of Fame induction day was a big deal, they wouldn’t be listing the tickets on StubHub for close to face price.

      I don’t remember any problems with the 86 anniversary celebration, and I thought they did a nice job with the 69 anniversary last year.

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  2. Attendance has nothing to do with one’s fandom. It almost seems like the lack of pre-sales for this game is a backwards media ploy to get people to go to the game. With ticket prices the way they are, why pay so much to go to a ballgame. The Mets are still going to exist if I do, or do not attend. They aren’t going to come to my job when things are slow and make purchases just to “support”. If I watch it on TV, they’re making money from the ad revenues.
    Right now, the $50+ I’d spend on a ticket and parking can go to other more important things than funding ballplayers whose minimum salaries are approaching $500,000.

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    1. If you can’t afford the ticket, I understand and I’m not criticizing your fandom.

      But if you are a Mets fan, why don’t you want to go watch a game?

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      1. The price, it’s just too much. It’s the same with music. There are many artists that I am a fan of, and they only come around to town once a year or so, but the ticket prices are more than I am comfortable paying. Same goes for the Mets. My money (along with many others) is prioritized to pay for other things than going to see the Mets play. Why get a “cheap” seat for $25 and then pay another $20 to park, plus gas and travel to sit in the upper deck and have to view the game from afar? If they still had like $10 upper deck seats and $10 parking it would be easier than paying close to $50 for the same experience. It’s just not worth it.

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  3. I feel the same way. MLB ballgames and concerts have become an expensive hassle. I will still go to my one or two Yankees game per year (on my terms i.e. discounted or if a friend has received corporate seats) in additon to the Ballparks I visit while traveling.

    The big pet peeve I have is the fees attached to a ticket purchase. If they only built in those fees into the price, then there would be no surprises.

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  4. I’ll be there. I bought my tickets the first day they went on sale, because I was afraid they might sell out. After several years of buying mini-plans (6-, 7- or, last year, 15-game plans), I only bought tickets to two games back in March (or whenever it was): Opening Day and August 1. I figured I’d fill in the blanks as I felt like it, and I’ve been to about five others, with Thursday still to come. I have no plans beyond Sunday’s game, but I’m sure I’ll still get to three or four more.

    I agree with you though — the cost is one thing, and there are definitely a lot of fans who have cut back (or sworn off of) their teams, and not just the Mets, because of it. That’s fine. But I enjoy baseball too much to think about that. It helps that I’m in my 30s and have no kids, too, I know.

    The money-grab argument is, to me, irrelevant. Every promotion or “honor day” these days is a money grab to some extent. Has been for some time, I think. Remember David Cone’s perfect game against the Expos? It was Yogi Berra Day. Think the opponent was just a coincidence? Also, it’s not a complete money-grab — if it was, it wouldn’t be on a Sunday afternoon.

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