Citi Field to Stay The Name (Your Tax Dollars At Work And Lame Mets Logic)

Jeff Wilpon says:


“The company is still an ongoing company and a vital company that is doing business around the globe.  The taxpayers are backstopping what’s going on in the global economy. It’s not really Citi’s fault that they’re in this problem. There are a lot of other banks in the same situation—with naming-rights deals, also.”


“We have a deal with Citi that is good for them, good for us. It’s good business for us to have the partnership and the relationship.  We think we can bring the right people to help them market their product so they can be a going concern, and that over time, the fans that we bring here will become Citi customers and that Citi will thrive and be able to pay the money back to the government.”


“I understand where they’re coming from. I understand that there’s some upset-ness in the marketplace,” Wilpon said. “But we don’t agree with it.”


…and that’s why I blog.


Stuff You Missed While Eating Turkey

Hits were low over the weekend.  Maybe the blog just sucks, maybe you were thinking about things other than the Mets.  Anyway, here’s some fun stuff from the last few days:

Top Mets Turkeys Of All Time (Part 1)

Top Mets Turkeys Of All Time (Part 2)

A look back at The Japanese Greg Maddux

Some of the Secret Citi Field Ticket Pricing Info was revealed (finally)

and a Plaxico Burress post.

Mets Police 2009 HOF Ballot (and Hall of Garvey Nominees)

Rickey Henderson.   Yep.  You know a HOFer when you see one.   Memo to Rickey – wear an A’s hat.
Jim Rice.   Nope.  He belongs in the Hall of Garvey (which I invented to give a home to the likes of Jim Rice, Steve Garvey, Don Mattingly & Keith Hernandez).
Tommy John.  In.  288 wins.  Randy Johnson might be the final guy to get to this number.  Plus Rickey is a knucklehead and doesn’t deserve to have the day to himself.
Dave Concepcion.   No.
Bert Blyleven.  287 wins.  How do I put John in and not Blyleven.   I know a HOF when I see one, he wasn’t.  off to the Hall of Garvey.
Andre Dawson, Harold Baines, Don Mattingly.  No
Dave Parker, Alan Trammell, Lee Smith.  No.  Did you ever go to a game and get excited about Lee Smith?  No.
Jack Morris.  In.   I know one when I see one.  
Mark McGwire.  In.   When you prove to me he cheated and you change the record book then you can send him to Pete Rose Island.   Until then I will show you Jack Buck voiced highlights.
Pete Rose.  In.   All time hits leader and a winner.
Dale Murphy.   A lock for the Hall of Garvey

Mets Define "Saturday" Differently Than You & I

A few Mets fans have contacted the Mets Police about this one.   This is straight from, take a look at the “SATURDAY” plan dates.

This plan includes ten (10) Saturday and five (5) weekday regular season games to be played at Citi Field -starting April 18- and features contests with the Yankees and Rays, the National League Central Champion Cubs and the N.L. Wild Card Brewers.

Seat Categories:
 Note: A $25 service
 charge will apply to
 each Plan purchase.
Left Field Landing$600 per seat
Promenade Box$525 per seat
Promenade Reserved Infield$375 per seat
Promenade Reserved$285 per seat

Click here to display the Plan dates & opponents »

SaturdayApril 181:10 p.m.Milwaukee Brewers
SaturdayApril 251:10 p.m.Washington Nationals
SaturdayMay 91:10 p.m.Pittsburgh Pirates
MondayMay 257:10 p.m.Washington Nationals
SaturdayJune 207:10 p.m.Tampa Bay Rays
TuesdayJune 237:10 p.m.St. Louis Cardinals
SaturdayJune 277:10 p.m.New York Yankees
SaturdayJuly 117:10 p.m.Cincinnati Reds
MondayJuly 277:10 p.m.Colorado Rockies
SaturdayAugust 157:10 p.m.San Francisco Giants
SaturdayAugust 227:10 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies
SaturdaySeptember 51:10 p.m.Chicago Cubs
ThursdaySeptember 107:10 p.m.Florida Marlins
WednesdaySeptember 237:10 p.m.Atlanta Braves
SaturdayOctober 31:10 p.m.Houston Astros
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Now I don’t know about you, but where I come from a Monday night against the Nationals is not a Saturday.   In fact Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are also not Saturday.

The Mets can bundle the tickets any way they want, but the whole premise of this blog is that the Mets never ever behave with honor.   Why can’t they just call the plan “Plan G” or “Plan 9 From Outer Space” or “Mostly Saturday Plan?”  Why must the Mets insult us.

Moving on, another fan tipped us that the “Sunday” plan (below at the end of the article) does include some Wednesdays, but it does not include the final game of the season.   That alone is making that fan consider not getting a package at all.  I don’t know why she cares so much, I would hope that’s a meaningless game for once, but she does.

In case you are wondering and would like tickets to that final game, it’s part of the “Weekend” plan.  The “Weekend” plan consists of 15 games, 6 of which are played on Saturday or Sunday.   Way to respect the fans.  Why not just have a “Mets Are At Home” package and sneak in some off dates where we can watch the game on whatever DiamondVision will be called at Taxpayer Corporate Field.

Finally, why must they insult us with a $25 service charge?  To mail tickets?  That costs about a dollar.  We’re buying them on-line, I bet a computer does the whole process anyway.  

I’d love to hear from anyone who is annoyed about this.  Hit comments.

 15 Game Sunday Plan
This plan includes ten (10) Sunday and five (5) weekday regular season games to be played at Citi Field -starting April 16- and is highlighted by the 2009 regular season Subway Series finale and games with the Cubs and Brewers.

Seat Categories:
 Note: A $25 service
 charge will apply to
 each Plan purchase.
Left Field Landing$624 per seat
Promenade Box$546 per seat
Promenade Reserved Infield$390 per seat
Promenade Reserved$297 per seat

Click here to display the Plan dates & opponents »

ThursdayApril 167:10 p.m.San Diego Padres
SundayApril 191:10 p.m.Milwaukee Brewers
SundayApril 261:10 p.m.Washington Nationals
SundayMay 101:10 p.m.Pittsburgh Pirates
TuesdayMay 267:10 p.m.Washington Nationals
SundayMay 311:10 p.m.Florida Marlins
MondayJune 227:10 p.m.St. Louis Cardinals
SundayJune 281:10 p.m.New York Yankees
SundayJuly 121:10 p.m.Cincinnati Reds
WednesdayJuly 297:10 p.m.Colorado Rockies
SundayAugust 21:10 p.m.Arizona Diamondbacks
WednesdayAugust 197:10 p.m.Atlanta Braves
SundayAugust 231:10 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies
SundaySeptember 61:10 p.m.Chicago Cubs
SundaySeptember 201:10 p.m.Washington Nationals
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Get Paid To See The Mets

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About the Job, the Official Site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers for the 2009 season. Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from one of the 30 MLB ballparks, which provides the live data used on in our award winning applications, including Gameday. This is a perfect part-time job for a diligent, responsible employee who happens to be a big baseball fan.
Responsibilities include:
          Arrive at the ballpark no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start time;
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          Validate all stats in software box score against the official box score provided by the Official Scorer, and print out a final box score and game text for the club PR staff
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