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Good morning.  I have been enjoying the various theories from folks who want to starve out “The Wilpons*” or something.  (*: I want to change that phraseology to Wilpons/Katz by the way.)

Mark Healey wrote the below on Gotham Nation (in a must-read article):

My contention with these fine people comes down to their unwillingness to understand why I believe that to continue to attend games at Citi Field while the Wilpon / Katz ownership group remains in possession of the club is counterproductive.

I’m one of those fine people by the way.

Mark wrote a good article and a few folks are following his lead.

Me?  I choose to go to baseball games with my kid.  We like it.  Yesterday we went to a hockey game.  We had fun.  We’ll have fun at 15 or so games this summer.

So far I have spent like $1200 on the 2012 season:  $800+ in tickets, a new $230 authentic, a $75 replica, a $50 cap and Goon picked up a blue BP jersey for me (more on that tomorrow).  And I haven’t yet ordered a road replica – so tack on $75.

Yep those Katz/Wilpons (I flipped it, it flows better) sure tricked me by selling me the 15 game plan I asked for for 4 years.

Then, they brought back the jersey look I wrote about for 4 years.

They’ll even get me to spend more money by having Banner Day the way I asked.

Similarly, Steve Jobs tricked me when he added video to my iPod.  I had an iPod but then he added video and tricked me into giving him $250.  Then, he added a phone to it and tricked me again!

Boy those Kats/Wilpons are sure crafty the way they offer the exact product I wanted.  Stop giving me what I want!!!!

Now, I now some of you are going to bring up the World Series thing.  I get it.  I too want them to win the World Series.

But I’m telling you right here and now that if you sit out a few seasons and then show up with 100 wins show up then I will call you a frontrunner.  It’s OK if you want to be a frontrunner, just recognize that you’re a frontrunner.  I’m a Mets fan.  Sometimes being a Mets fan sucks, but it’s what makes us Mets fans.

Frontrunners, by definition, only show up when the team is in first place.  Or maybe contending for the second Wild Card, I need to research that wrinkle some more.  They probably do.

It doesn’t make them bad people, they just by definition only show up when the team is good.  Usually they come disguised as Wall Street Bankers and sit in $350 seats, but there is a variant of the frontrunner who can be seen upstairs.  He’ll have on his Pedro jersey.  Maybe a Piazza if he’s in his 30’s.

One day in like 1991 I heard some dude tell his buddy he had season tickets “for years” – all the way back to 1987.  Yep, seemed about right.

If your goal is to see a playoff run every year then click here and I’m sure you’ll find what you are looking for.

Back to the owner.  His name is Jeff.  He’s around my age.  He’s going to be here for a long long time.

Why would he sell the baseball team?  When you own a baseball team you’re somebody.  You’re The Owner Of The Mets.  That’s cool.

Wouldn’t you like to be The Owner Of The Mets?  Why would you give that up?

What’s Jeff going to do, sit in an office and stare out the window until a building goes up?  Yawn city.

How’s it working out for fans of the Knicks and Rangers?  Has Jim Dolan ran away and started a band yet?

Is Jeff supposed to live out the rest of his days in New York watching someone else own the team?

Ain’t gonna happen.

So if you think keeping $50 in your pocket will starve Jeff out, hey, it’s your money.  Spend it as you wish.

I think you guys are kidding yourselves.  Don’t cost yourself a summer.  Enjoy baseball….

…and you know what?  You can influence change AND spend some money in Queens.

I’ll be at Banner Day wearing a black-less jersey to prove it.


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