On the Mets and diversity

So I have been trying to figure out how to address something that has been bugging me all week. Something feels not aligned to me.

The Mets put out a diversity statement as did many teams and brands this week.

I was curious, so I googled the people in their front office.  You can click that link, do your own research, and determine for yourself if you feel there is diversity in that list.

I keep looking at the players they choose to use in their stager images this week.  (above).  It’s not the most diverse group of players that the Mets could represent.

I struggled to express the feeling that keeps going through my brain.  Then I saw this from Conan O’Brien speaking with W. Kamau Bell, and I think Bell’s words here are what I had been struggling to address.

O’Brien shared that he is concerned that in weeks, or even a year, from now, current actions won’t be followed up on. Bell responded by suggesting that O’Brien connect his life to the actual movement by telling black Americans that he will “do a complete internal audit” of his show and “ask TBS to do the same thing.”

“Of where the black folks work at TBS. Where the people of color work. And not give me the percentage of the total but what level they are at. How many people at the top level. How many people are at the lowest levels of TBS and my show,” Bell told O’Brien. Bell then suggested that the late night host vow that in one year it will look different.

Bell told O’Brien, “Right now, we need white people to show their work.”

A lot of white people, it’s easy to change your Twitter avi to a black background, or to Black Lives Matter, but eventually you’re going to turn it back to that wacky picture. We need white people to not only do the work, but show their work, because we can’t trust that the work will get done,” said Bell. (via Yahoo)

So Mets, yes, let’s be part of that positive change.  Let’s come back in a year and take a look at this page and see if anything changed.

 

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Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #39: Jimmie Foxx

The first 3 time MVP award winner, Jimmie Foxx was an offensive force for first the Philadelphia Athletics and then the Boston Red Sox for almost 20 seasons.  Over the course of his career, Double X put together 12 30 homerun seasons (when that meant something), 13 100-RBI seasons, and 9 seasons of at least a .330 batting average.

By the time his career was done, Foxx had hit 534 homeruns – second only to Babe Ruth at the time (and most among right-handers).  He had also driven in over 1,900 runs, compiled a .325 lifetime batting average, and won the AL Triple Crown in 1933.

For his amazing prowess at the plate, Jimmie Foxx is definitely an Immortal.

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.

 

Mets ticket refund policy update

The Mets did not choose to send me any information on the updated ticket refund policy, so I shall excerpt from the New York Post who write:

Mets patrons should also look down to “Additional Information,” where they will see a link to submit for a May refund. The Mets reiterated their warning from late April, “All ticket refunds will result in the forfeiture of bonus credit and priority ticket access.” It’s possible that people who are economically hurting, with New York state’s unemployment level at its highest since the Great Depression, might not let the loss of priority ticket access deter them from wanting their money back.

Gotta love that threat that you will lose your priority ticket access.   You mean I won’t get to stand in a crowded (?) stadium during a pandemic.  Threaten us some more.

Look Mets fans – (a) there’s no reason to go to a baseball game.  Take the money and buy yourself a super-awesome TV, maybe some surround speakers and if you have extra money get yourself a new couch or comfy chair.

Should the day come when the Mets are one of the 14 teams in the ridiculous playoffs and you really want to go, I am confident that the Mets will be offering the “please come back in 2021, if you give us money now for 2021 tickets we will send you a ticket strip” plan that we see every time that the team makes the playoffs.  Don’t be afraid of not getting in – and if you don’t get in, you just avoided your increase of standing next to someone who is non-symptomatic positive.  You don’t need tickets.

You are in the position to threaten fans with…nothing.  We on the other hand are in the position to purchase….nothing.

We laugh at your threats.