During Fan Appreciation Weekend, the New York Mets sent select players out to meet fans and sign autographs as they entered Citi Field.
On Sunday, Sept. 28th, Travis d’Arnaud had the honors, and there was a large crowd waiting to see him. My friends and I were up near the front of the line, so we got through quickly but it seemed as though team officials kept the process running smoothly throughout. Fans were limited to one autograph and no posed photos. (That latter provision disappointed some, but is needed if the idea is to allow as many fans as possible to meet the selected Mets player.)
My question for the Mets: why don’t you do this every weekend? The team rarely takes batting practice before day games, and even when they do the Mets are coming off of the field as the gates are opening. You make fans by letting them feel a connection to the team, and having players available to sign an autograph every now and then is an easy way to do this.