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The Citi Field crowd was announced as a sellout at 41,053 — plus another 1,000 tickets donated to Sandy relief — although there appeared to be pockets of empty seats.

via Mets Blog – ESPN New York.

We have a mystery!

The Mets, as you know, never ever lie.  They never exaggerate.  If they say it was a sell out then they must have sold out.

Which leads us to our mystery.  I took some photos at the game.  Perhaps you can help me solve this riddle.

Let’s look at this first picture.  Clearly all the people below are from some sort of organization that all goes to the bathroom together.  Perhaps a daycamp was on a trip and the counselor took rows and rows of children to the bathroom at the same time.

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Next, we have the seats of some enthusiasts of the new Steak Sandwiches place in the uppers.  These folks all decided to go get steaks together.

Are there any mathematicians  out there?  These don’t seem like randomly distributed empty seats to me.  They seem quite clumped, as if entire clumps of seats went unsold.


Here are the seats of some more fans enjoying today’s sold out stadium. These fans all went over to Kiddie Field together.


These fans would have sat right in front of me the entire game but they got stuck in traffic and never made it, but clearly the seats were sold.


Finally we have this beautiful panoramic shot. Go ahead, click on this bigger version. It’s a pretty picture with some unexplained green.


Congratulations Mets on your sellout! I am sure you are as proud of this feat as you will claim that the $63 price point held even if you and I know that it was the $50 price point that moved the seats last week.

Enjoy the attendance from here on out. I look forward to more sellouts like Opening Day.

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