THIS NEXT BLOG CAN BE VERY SENSITIVE TO SOME FANS. USE YOUR OWN DISCRETION WHEN READING.
THIS, IN NO WAY, IS TO BE VIEWED AS BEING RACIST NOR IS TO BE VIEWED AS SAYING THE NEW YORK METS ORGANIZATION IS.
One thing I have loved and come to respect about the New York Mets is their dedication to honor other cultures with “Theme Night” games.
I think that is great, especially since New York City is the melting pot of this country. Queens probably has the biggest diversity of cultures in the City, from Koreans to Hispanics to Grecians. So it is only fitting the Mets did this.
However, I am very disappointed this year with the organization. While it was very hard for me to go to Hispanic Heritage Night at Shea Stadium over the years, I loved the fact that they honored us with our own night.
Now, that is not the case. It appears Hispanic Heritage Night has been replaced by Oktoberfest.
My problem is not that they replaced the night to honor the heritage of one of their bigger fan bases, but the fact that they are not honoring Hispanics at all.
Where is the logic in taking out the two biggest nights for their biggest fan bases? While I never went to Merengue Night, where is it? Where is Hispanic Heritage Night?
You have at least 10 players on the team that are of Hispanic origin, whether it is Dominican, Puerto Rican, or Venezuelan. They know the Hispanics come out to support their team. When they signed Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, Hispanics came out in droves to support their players.
If they think that the hispanics cannot afford the tickets, then they are not thinking clearly. I would say at least 85 percent of their fan base cannot afford the ticket prices for the games at Citi Field. Here’s a thought: lower the prices Genius!
Hispanic Heritage Night was not just a night to honor the Hispanics. It is the baseball equivalent of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Fans of other cultures came as well for various reasons.
I’m not asking for two nights. Merengue Night can be done away with. It only honors one Hispanic race. At least have Hispanic Heritage Night. It covers all Hispanics. One night to honor your second biggest fan base.
The Mets do not want to burn bridges with their fans. I suggest they take this matter and give it great consideration.