Mets Fans Find Respect Away From Home

 

This past weekend a cadre of Mets fans led by Darren Meenan of The 7 Line converged on Wrigley Field for a fine weekend of baseball. Shannon from The Mets Police was there as well and today he has a post on his site that is a must read for not only every Mets fan but for Mets management as well.

Shannon writes about the wonderful experience he had at the Friendly Confines. As someone who has been to Wrigley Field I am not surprised at all. A day at Wrigley Field is unlike any at Citi Field. In fact a day at any other ball park is unlike a day at Citi Field.

A few years ago I went to Chicago with a bunch of guys, mostly cops and firemen for a weekend series of Mets and Cubs. We had spilt the group up where five of us would sit in field level seats for the Friday game and five would sit in the bleachers for the Saturday game.  My group of five sat in field level for the Friday game. An usher greeted us as we entered and saw that we were dressed in all our splendor in Mets gear. He said welcome to Wrigley Field “youes guys” and laughed. So did we. He showed us to our seats, wiped them down told us to enjoy the game. We handed the guy a 20 dollar bill and he gave us a big smile back and said, “That’s why I like you New York guys, you know how to take care of people”. Yes sir we do as long as you are nice and pleasant we take care of you. If you’re nasty and surly and act like you hate your job as the ushers at Citi Field seem to, we give you our ass to kiss.

As we sat, we were taking pictures of the field and the ball park when a guy with the game day staff at Wrigley saw us taking pictures came over and took a group shot of us. When he took the picture, we thanked him and he said “No, thank you guys for coming to Wrigley Field” you could have knocked us over with a feather.  

It’s not just Wrigley Field game day personnel that treat people the way people should be treated. First time I went to Camden Yards, my son was three years old so we still used a stroller to get around. As we entered the ball park my son was fussing so I took him out of the stroller and carried him, my wife took the stroller along with a backpack we had with food for him, jacket, toys all stuff you need to bring when you have a toddler. An usher came right over to us and said “please let we give you a hand” he looked at the tickets, which were just down the left field line and took the stroller and said “follow me please” walked us to our seats and got us situated. After saying to us “enjoy the game” I went to give him a tip the usher looked at me and said “oh no sir we do not accept gratuities, put thank you.  WHOA!

Every Mets fan who has traveled to another ball park to follow the Mets have the same kind of stories, whether it be Wrigley Field, Camden Yards, PNC Park, AT&T or even CBP , Mets fans have a better game day experience away from Citi Field that at our own home park.  

There is no reason whatsoever that a fan coming to park early to watch batting practice has to be held back by a big hairy arm telling you if you don’t have a ticket you can’t go down there. Same thing if you want to visit someone in another section. How many times has a friend been at a game you get a text “hey I’m in section 207 come down and we’ll meet up” you go to the section see your buddy and make an attempt to go to the seat when your stopped and interrogated to see a ticket?  That’s why the Shea Bridge area of the ballpark is popular it’s the Guantanamo Bay of Citi Field.

Mets fans don’t want t-shirts, bobble heads, lunch pails or other gimmicks to lure us to the ball park. Just give us a competitive team and show us the respect we deserve when we enter the ball park. Kindness goes along way with Mets fans.

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METS SHOULD DO LIKE THE NETS AND REACH OUT TO THE HOUSE OF MOUSE

 

 

The soon to be Brooklyn Nets have made a great move towards there relocation to Brooklyn and the Barclays Center by reaching out to the Walt Disney Co. to work with the team on training game day personnel on treating the fan/customer the correct way.

I have been screaming for the NY Mets to do this for years. If you have ever been to Disneyland or Disney World you know that the folks who work at the hotels, parks, stores or restaurants will do everything human (or rodently) possible to ensure that you and your family have the best time you’ve every had at your Disney experience.

I’ve told the story before of a trip we took to Disney World when my son was about 5 years old and some one took his squirt bottle with the little fan attached to it and started crying. A Disney supervisor came over to us and asked if everything was all right, when I told him what had happened, he brought us over to a stand that sold these fans and told the woman running it to gives us a brand new fan. He then gave me his card and said if I have any other problems during my stay do not hesitate to call him.

I’ve begged the Mets to hire the Disney folks to train their ushers and concession workers how to treat the customer/fan so that the customer/fan wants to come back to Citi Field which is something the Mets need now more than ever.

Great move by the Nets, this will pay off greatly for them

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HIGHLANDER STADIUM, A NICE PLACE TO VISIT BUT I WOULDN’T WANT TO CALL IT HOME

As I mentioned yesterday, I took a trip to the South Bronx to watch the Highlanders-Indians game which was my first visit to the new Highlander Stadium, so I’d figure I’d give you  some of my observations of the ball park.

It’s big, very big much bigger than Citi Field and because of that you are much further away from the field than at Citi.

As soon as you head down the stairs of the 4 train you know you’re at HIGHLANDER STADIUM because the Highlander brand just suffocates you. Maybe suffocates is too strong or maybe as a Mets fan I wish Citi Field was as Mets-centric as Highlander Stadium. Hell, even the hot dog stand is named Highlander hot dogs. Every single inch of the place is decorated in Highlander colors and there is no mention of the old Baltimore Orioles , who became the Highlanders and then the Yankees. No its’ Yankees, Yankees and more Yankees.

They sell t-shirts for just about every member of the team and of course all the retired stars. I was very, very tempted to buy a MARTIN 1 t-shirt as I always admired Bill Martin and his style of managing. His off the field way left a lot to be desired for sure but as a manager Martin was as good if not better than anyone who ever ran a baseball team.

For me to get to Highlander Stadium is a breeze. I took the 10:30 AM ferry out of Staten Island, then walked up to Bowling Green to get the 4 train and I was in front of the ball park by 11:45. It takes me that long to get from my house to the Gowanus /BQE merge going to Citi Field.

There are no ushers at Highlander Stadium. There are security people and the Highlanders post a number you can text to report a problem in your section. I sat in Section 420B yesterday and while everything was fine there was this one young lady who kept getting up looking for friends of hers and blocked the view of some fans. One of the blocked fans must have texted the number given as a security guard with ear piece came to the section and went right to the row where this gal was and asked if everything was ok here. Pretty impressive.

The Stadium itself (it’s not a ballpark it’s a STADIUM) has no charm. As you walk in the concourse level is just like entering a high end shopping mall. There are many, many workers who hold up signs “How May I Help You” and whatever you’re looking for at the Stadium they can tell you where it is. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen at Citi Field.     

The food choices were ok I guess, there wasn’t a concession that I said I have to have that. The garlic fires looked enticing but the smell of the garlic was so overpowering I passed. There was a Boar’s Head deli which I guess is very good but I can have a Boar’s Head deli sandwich any time I want. Johnny Rocket’s? There’s one in the SI Mall. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ? I have that before NY Rangers games. Hard Rock Café? If there was ever an organization that was the antithesis of Rock n Roll it’s the Highlanders   So I settled for my favorite sausage and peppers hero.

As for the fans, I guess because it was a Sunday there were a lot of families mostly from NJ, Rockland and Orange County and beyond. Listening to some of the conversations, many were of the casual fan variety but the fan of the day had to be the woman in back of me decked out in here Rivera jersey, cap who cheered and cheered for Jeter and A-Rod who upon seeing a man walking down from the upper rows of the section with a Highlander jersey with the number 5 on it asked her the guy who was with her, “Who’s number 5” to make it worse the guy who was with her didn’t know. My son who was with me just stared ahead watching the action, shaking his head back and forth. That was the best part of the day.

Citi Field has a lot of warts, most of them brought on by ownership but the atmosphere at Citi is much better and more of a festive block party, hanging out in the back yard BALLPARK whereas Highlander STADIUM is a massive high rise apartment building  where no one knows your name and they like it that way.

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CHEAP GIVEAWAY, CLUELESS HIGHLANDER FANS,AND A LINE UP SHAKE UP

A tip of the BLUE Mets cap to The Mets Police for this pic of the offensive Seinfled cap

Observations from a busy weekend, and a happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there:

I went to the Mets-Dodgers games Saturday night as we live a in a time where you can go on your computer in the afternoon and buy and download tickets to a ball game that night in the comfort of your own home. I wish the atmosphere at the ball park could be as blissful as purchasing the tickets.

The Mets gave out caps on Saturday sponsored by Seinfeld, now I am a great fan of Jerry Seinfeld, but those caps that were given out were an embarrassment.  My wife told to stop complaining as what were you expecting for free, a New Era cap? No, not at all but they could have spent an extra dollar to make the cap something I’d wear instead of a one that felt and looked like it was made from scrap paper. Then to top it off it was BLACK. Maybe if they went with blue I wouldn’t have been this upset but really that cap was a piece of shit.

We sat in the Pepsi Porch which is my favorite spot of Citi Field but on Saturday, I felt like I was watching the game on the corner of 42 St and Broadway, people getting up during play and then trying to get to seat 17 by going through the first 16 seats of the row in the middle of an inning. I wouldn’t bitch so much if it was once or twice but this went on all game long.  The Mets need to do what the Garden and Prudential Center enforce, keep ushers near the section entrances and hold people up until an at bat is done then let them get back to their seats. And another thing, is it so hard to know where you’re sitting? How many times do you see some clueless asshole holding four beers standing on the steps of the section with a stupid look on his or her face not knowing where they sit? All you have to do is remember three things Section, Row, and seat.  How do these people function in everyday life?

I tried the Keith Burger on Saturday night and I wasn’t impressed at all, in fact in my opinion the only food that’s any good at Citi Field is Mama’s of Corona, Blue Smoke, or Sausage and Peppers hero, the rest of the food, even the highly vaunted Shake Shack, is overrated.

If there is anyone of the Highlander persuasion reading this site (Michael maybe you can explain this phenomenon that I’m about to address and please remember you are excluded from the group I’m about to call out) can you explain why Highlander fans come to Citi Field dressed like they are going to a Highlanders game and root for the Mets opponent of the day? Do you know what kind of dick heads you people are? I can’t even get angry at these morons; I’m just stunned by their stupidity. I go to Highlander Stadium but I never wear my “colors” when I go (unless it’s Mets-Highlanders) I always wear my “civvies” and I just sit and enjoy the game and the company as I couldn’t give two shits if the Highlanders win or lose the game. It’s not like it just of few of these simpletons that come to Mets games, there’s so many that we Mets fans look at each other with that puzzled “what the fuck”? look when they stroll around our park.

Just to closeout my Highlander fan rant, last week Highlander fans were ready to run Derek Jeter out of town. If it were up to Highlander fans, “El Capitan” would be lucky to get a paving stone in Monument Park forget a deserving tribute to his career.  Fans felt that Jeter was done, finished, a detriment to the team. Fuck those 3,000 hits and 5 World Series rings and that first ballot Hall of Fame sitting with his name on it, Jeter has to go. But wait, yesterday he went 4 for 6 with 2 HR’s and 3 RBI, so now he’s back in the pantheon of Highlanders, that is until he goes 0 for his next 15 at bats, then he’s back to a bum.

The more I watch Dillon Gee pitch, the more impressed I am with him.  Gee was called on in an emergency as Chris Young is on the DL with shoulder trouble and what made his start impressive in my eyes was the way he worked out of tough situations. Gee looks on the mound like a guy who knows exactly what he wants to do and tries to translate what’s in his head to his arm and more times than not he succeeds. He may not be an Ace but Gee will be around the big leagues a long time as long as he stays healthy.

Give Sandy Alderson credit for honesty when he says, “After Dillon Gee, there isn’t much left” as far as pitchers to called up to step into the rotation if need be. Just the fact that Pat Misch was recalled made that statement real. Really Pat Misch ? I’m sick of seeing him and Willie Harris as well and while I’m at it throw in Chin-lu Hu too. How in good conscious can Terry Collins send Hu up to pinch hit? I’d use R.A. Dickey or Big Pelf as a PH’er before Hu.

Keith Hernandez shocked me a bit yesterday when he said during David Wright’s at bat in the 9th inning against Vicente Padillia that Wright’s bat speed looked like a guy late in his career who can’t get around on a fastball. Hernandez was shocked that Wright could not get around on Padilia’s fastball as he was the tying run at the plate. Wright has been bad at the plate so far this season but with RISP he’s been horrendous. It’s time for Terry Collins to drop Wright in the batting order and I guess the only thing stopping that move is Jason Bay not hitting. I’d like to see Collins us a lineup of:

Reyes

Murph

Beltran

Ike/Bay (depending on if it’s a LHP or RHP

Ike/Bay

Wright

Pridie

Thole

Pitcher

On days that Paulino catchers place him 7th and Pridie 8th. Hey it’s couldn’t hurt this lineup needs a shakeup.

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