When was the last time you went to a baseball game but really weren’t there for the baseball game? Last night was a first for me. Last night my sole purpose to go to Citi Field was to say thank you to Kevin Burkhardt and wish him all the best of success at FOX.
There was a large gathering of Mets/Burkhardt fans on the Shea Bridge last night, enough for the Wilpon Police Force to break out in a cold sweat since crowd control is not a task the WPC is used to being involved in. For most of the game the fans on the Shea Bridge ate, drank (a beer vendor finally used his brain and just set up shop on the bridge and why not, the pigeons roosting in the Promenade aren’t buying Bud Light Tall Boys) and discussed the future of our favorite baseball team (Attention Mets: Your deGrom 4 for $48 ticket offer had every ticket plan holder outraged to the point just about everyone I spoke to who has a plan will not renew for next season. When it comes to Public Relations blunders no one does it better than the New York Mets)
We all signed a card that was designed and brought to the park by Darren Meenan of the 7 Line who if the Mets had a clue would hire him as their head of promotions and public relations. No one puts together events for Mets fans better than Meenan.
As the 7th inning got under way, Burkhardt made his way from the SNY booth to his adoring fans at the Shea Bridge. It says a lot about Burkhardt when the sole reason the many in attendance at the Bridge came here to thank him for his work as the Mets field reporter and to wish him the best of luck at FOX.
The sendoff by Mets fans to Burkhardt should be a clarion call to the ownership of this franchise. Mets fans are savvy and hip. We know who is genuine and who the phony fucking posers are. Many in the organization especially Jeffy Wilpon, should take a lesson from Kevin Burkhardt, don’t be a phony, respect the Mets fans and don’t try to be something you’re not. If you act like a decent human being and conductor yourself with honesty and with a great personality, someday the fans will gather on the Shea Bridge to cheer you instead of looking for a lynching.
All the best Kevin, look forward to seeing you on FOX1 baseball coverage and with John Lynch on the NFL on FOX.