Why Did The Mets Charge Returning Fans $40, New Folks $25?

I was just on Mets.com and looking at the ticket plans.  There’s not much left for weekends, excuse me I mean “weekends” which in Flushing includes days such as Tuesday, and the weekday plans are sold out.

Then this caught my eye:

“A $25 service charge will apply to each Plan purchase.”

Before we get to why there’s a charge….I’m confused by the $25.

They charged me $40. 

Why would they charge me, a returning ticket holder $40, and some newbie $25.

Maybe I have my facts wrong and they are charging the newbie a $25 “service charge” plus the $40 “order charge” plus the $25 “delivery charge.”   

Just curious.   If anyone orders tickets this weekend please drop me a note and let me know what they tack on.

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The Kansas City Islanders

Here’s hoping the Islanders aren’t one foot out the door to Kansas City where they have scheduled one, that’s one, preseason game for next year.
For you kids that are too young to understand the importance of Lee Mazzilli, there’s no way I can expect you to understand the importance of Billy Smith.

Not too long ago, as recently as 1994, hockey was a big thing in this town.   Then there was a really awfully poorly timed lockout (why blow the buzz of a Rangers cup and a new deal with FOX which was proving itself to be pretty good at hyping sporting events).   Then there was the season never played.

So to you kids I know hockey is right up there with poker in terms of importance, but let me tell you once it was pretty cool and these Islanders ran off four straight championships.  Think of them as the hockey version of the Torre Yankees circa 1998-2000.  The Isles run also ended with a loss in the finals.
Much like other sports teams in the area they had blue and orange uniforms!  Imagine that!   Then like other silly local teams they started messing around and introduced the hidous fisherman jersey with “cooler darker colors.”  Eventually the true logo returned but the dopey color sstayed (Mets fans can think of black uniforms).

So here we are and the Islanders are, you know, just playing one game in KC.  Just like the Dodgers just played seven games in Jersey, or the Bills are just playing a few in Toronto.  There’s nothing to fear, right?

I keep hearing about the need for a new building.   They don’t need it.  A renovation, sure.  Some new bells and whistles, sure.  8 billion luxury boxes?  Not needed.  There aren’t the companies on Long Island to support it.  Building a new arena in the same location with its lack of public transportation (a cab to a local LIRR stop is not a good plan) would be a mistake.   Nassau west of the Meadowbrook Parkway has become Eastern Queens.   If a new building were to be built, and it shouldn’t, the Isles would be wiser to head east – maybe on Route 110 somewhere between the LIE and the Southern State – now that there are more people living in Suffolk than Nassau.

One thing the Coliseum is is cozy.  You can sit in the worst seat possible and it’s way closer than the upper deck at the Con-Air arena ever was (I haven’t been to The Rock) or the “blue seats” are at the Garden.  You may find yourself in a new bulding but three times as far away at five times the price.  

Long Islanders should enjoy their local team in their cozy arena.   Maybe some day the Islanders will run off four cups again and you’ll be surprised at how viable the Coliseum will become.

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William Shea – Hall of Famer?

I know, you’re thinking that I’ve finally lost it. Why should a lawyer from NY who had a stadium named after him be enshrined in the Hall of Fame?

Because he changed the game.

After the Dodgers and Giants left New York in 1957, Mayor Robert Wagner charged Bill Shea with bringing a National League team back to NYC. Shea contacted Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati but was turned down by every team.

Refusing to give up, in 1959 Shea teamed up with Branch Rickey and announced the formation of the Continental Baseball League. The league would be the first serious challenge to the National and American Leagues since the ill-fated Federal League in 1914-15. The proposed league would place teams in New York, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Toronto, Atlanta, Buffalo, and Dallas. With the exception on New York, none of these cities at the time had a major league level baseball team.

Shea was able to line up owners and financing for the league in fairly quick order – including Bob Howsam (original owner of the Denver Broncos) and Jack Kent Cooke (owner of the Redskins, Lakers, and LA Kings).

Realizing that the challenge was serious, the NL and AL approached Shea and offered expansion teams in 3 of the Continental League cities – NY, Minneapolis, and Houston. With his original goal in hand, Shea agreed to disband the league.

Shea’s legacy is more than just getting those 3 teams. Seven of the eight Continental League cities would eventually support a major league franchise, the sole exception being Buffalo. He engineered the first expansion of major league baseball since the American League and National League agreed to work together in 1903.

There are 29 members of the Hall of Fame that are designated as either an Executive or Pioneer. William Shea may not have played the game, nor did he manage or own a team. But there can be no doubt that he changed the game by initiating expansion, a true pioneer of the game. And for that maybe he deserves recognition in Cooperstown.

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Why "The Patch" Was Genius

Pure genius!

The Mets and the Wilpons outfoxed us all this week.  We all took the head-fake and didn’t look at the man behind the curtain.  Well played.

First they felt us out with “Baracklyn.”   A few loudmouths like me took the bait but most of you kept your heads and focused on the real story – Derek Lowe.

When Baracklyn didn’t work the Wilpons unfurled their secret weapon: The Patch!

The blogosphere went nuts.   The internet went nuts!  For a few hours The Patch was one of the most ridiculed things in the world (thanks to Yahoo).

(Oh and by the way we didn’t sign Lowe)  Yeah how about that stupid patch!!!!!!

Well played Wilpons.  You distracted us all, but we’re back now.

We don’t care about The Patch anymore.   We don’t care about Bernie Madoff and financial rumors.  We don’t care about banks and signage.  We care about pitching, left field and second base.

This team is not ready to win the east, never mind the World Series.   There’s one ace starter, two guys that seem like they might be good pitchers, nobody starting the fourth game of the season and a so-so pitcher from the Nats on Day 5.  

Where’s Manny?   Where’s Ollie?  You have the money ($40 of it is mine, thanks again for that “order charge” on my partial plans.)…or maybe you don’t?  Could this Madoff rumor be true?   Or do you just not like pitching?  

I know, stop asking questions Mets Police – keep your eye on the patch, and The Apple and the black uniforms.

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Why Have A Patch At All?

I’ve been thinking about the Mets patch.  
 
Why have a patch at all?  What does it accomplish?
 
Does it somehow generate merchandise sales?  Are there crazies who really need a fifth Wright jersey except this one has a patch?
 
Does it rub it in the faces of other teams?  Will the Cubs feel jealous that they don’t have a new stadium?  Will the Mets pick runners off first because they are confused, thinking the Mets have been around for nearly 50 years?   (Speaking of which, I can’t wait to see the 50th anniversary patch).
 
This Inaugural Season patch (which doesn’t make sense unless we travel to 1962) doesn’t even provide a warm fuzzy feeling the way the Shea patch did.  In fact, all it did was make the Mets a world-wide joke.
 
Would it kill the ownership to announce they made a mistake?  For once, just admit you made a mistake.  
 
What if they withdrew the patch and said that they got the overwhelming sense from their fans that the patch was disliked.   They’d have egg on their face for five more minutes, and probably a bunch of positive newspaper articles about their wisdom…and then we all move on….
 
….in blue hats and pinstriped uniforms with no patches.
 
 
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