On his way out, Hudgens blamed the relatively small number of fans who still come to the games for the Mets’ struggles at home.
“I think the fans are really tough on the guys at home. How can you boo Curtis Granderson? They have no idea how hard this guy works and how he goes about doing his business, doing his job. He gets off to a slow start and they’re booing him? Come on,” Hudgens told MLB.com “It’s tougher at home to play than it is on the road, there’s no doubt about it. And they’re trying really hard at home.”
I don’t advocate booing your own players unless they show a clear lack of effort or otherwise disrespect the fans, but Hudgens sounds clueless. How can you boo Curtis Granderson? Well, he made an awful first impression. In 25 games in April, Granderson had a .136 / .252 / .216 slash line with one home run and seven RBI. And you can’t expect fans to look at his track record without remembering that Granderson used to be a New York Yankee and played a lot better for the Mets’ crosstown neighbors.
It’s wonderful that the Mets players are “trying really hard” at home, but in the real world, effort is only rewarded in relation to the tangible results that are produced by it. The results in May have not been pretty: 17 losses and just 7 wins.
Well, the less said about this weekend’s Mets games, the better. But I do want to share photos of some of my favorite Banner Day entries:
This was the winning entry in the Banner Day contest. It’s a simple, well-crafted and well-executed idea – the home run apple even raises and lowers – but I thought that the other finalists (and some that didn’t make it to that stage) showed more cleverness.
I have not added any new Mets autographs to my collection lately, though I will be able to add the card Andrew Brown signed for me via mail during spring training to my Mets binder now. But I have picked up a few more signed cards at various non-major league games. One of the highlights was getting Adam Greenberg to sign his 2013 Topps baseball card last week.
And I had fun in Trenton last weekend watching the Portland Sea Dogs beat the Trenton Thunder with my friend Bart. I’d have to double check my scorecards, but I think it was the first time I ever saw the Sea Dogs win.
I’ve been sick for most of this week, so I’m probably a bit grumpier than usual today. (Or maybe it’s just because I’m a Mets fan dealing with yet another uninspired off-season.)
Earlier this week, ESPN released its preliminary schedule for Sunday Night Baseball. Surprisingly, the Mets will be making an appearance (mainly because the network wants to showcase the Atlanta Braves, I’m sure.) The date? May 26th, which is an issue because that’s when the Mets had scheduled Banner Day.
I get it: no one likes going to 8:10 p.m. games, and you’re not going to plan a family outing to a game that starts that late if you have to get kids to school the next day. Except May 27th is Memorial Day – no school, and many adults will have the day off from work.
It would probably be a good idea for the Mets to move the promotion to a different afternoon. Very young kids aren’t going to be able to stay awake that late regardless of the calendar. (Though I doubt parents were going to be able to get two- and three-year-olds through the Banner Day festivities and a full nine inning game no matter when it started.)
I think it would be fun if the team worked something out to move the Binghamton Mets vs. Portland Sea Dogs game from NYSEG Stadium to Citi Field to turn the day into a twi-night doubleheader with Banner Day held between the games. (If the pitching rotations worked out, how great would it be if Noah Syndergaard got to make his first big impression on the New York media and fans at Citi Field on Banner Day?)
I’m just going to let the photos speak for themselves, but I thought Banner Day was really fun. Next year (there is going to be a Banner Day next year, right guys?), I’ll have to make a banner so I can join in the parade.
My favorite part of blogging is getting to interact with other baseball fans. This week, Laurence Carnahan sent me some photos taken on the first New York Mets Banner Day in 1963.
Both my brother, James and I made banners for the 1963 contest. I won in the one-person category, there were three categories: one, two and four-person banners.) I received a general admission season pass for two to the opening year at Shea.
Yesterday, that post got a new comment from Laurence Carnahan. I don’t know how many people are still checking the comments on the older post, so I’m going to reshare it here:
My Memory of the 1963 Banner Day Contest- I was thirteen at the time and entered the contest in the one-man banner category and WON! I had taken a large cardboard box and painted it to resemble a rectangular Mr. Met. We got to parade around the Polo Grounds running path. It must have between games of a doubleheader. I won a season grandstand general admission pass for two for the opening season at Shea and went to over 35 games that year. I had to go through the Press Gate to get in and met Mrs. Payson one time getting out of her Bentley. It was the best year of my life at the time. My family were huge fans from the beginning and went to many games at the Polo Grounds and then Shea. We attended all of the 1969 World Series games at Shea and took grass home. Grandstand tickets cost $1.30 then.
That sounds like a really great experience.
I’m looking forward to this year’s Banner Day revival. I will be at the game, though I haven’t decided whether I’m going to make a banner yet. (I think I’ll leave that until the Mets announce the logistics of it all.)