I was over at the Remembering Shea site when I read this:
I’m just saying…Not that we can do anything to fix the problem. Or can we?
DyHrdMET, which if anyone has seen him tell him I said “hello”, was talking about the dysfunction of the Mets organization and how the fans can or cannot do something about it.
Well this is something I have spoken about countless times before. Yes about both, but mostly about the fans doing something about it. It is not a new topic.
I have said in other blogs that if Mets fans really want to make a statement, to stop going to the games. Stop spending your money. You always hit corporate in their pockets. That’s where they feel it the most. Not by ranting raving on the radio or Loudmouths or websites they do not visit.
Some people would make this statement about Mets fans:
Mets fans are some of the most dedicated fans in baseball. Their owners slap them in the face and they still go to the games.
Others will make this statement:
Mets fans are the dumbest fans in all of baseball. They throw their money at the owners while the owners just laugh at them knowing how foolish the fan base is.
Where do I stand? Well I’m a Mets writer and a Mets fan. I’m supposed to be impartial. I will say that I think Mets fans tend to be a little gullible.
Not all fans are though. Let me say that before I get into some trouble.
CFoD reader, Denise Winter, was telling me how a friend of hers is not renewing her season tickets this year because she is so disgusted. Her friend normally buys four seats valuing at around $30,000.
She is not the only one. There are countless others who refuse to renew their season tickets. Even people who normally do the smaller packs are just not having it at all. They are sick of the garbage.
These are the smart fans. These are the truly dedicated fans. They are so dedicated and passionate about their team they are willing to forgo their passes to send a message to ownership that what is being projected about the organization is not acceptable.
These are the fans that are taking a stand and trying to show ownership who the real bosses and owners of this team are.
That’s right. The owners of the New York Mets are not the Wilpons. They are the fans.
Think about it.
Anybody can sign a check. Anybody can place their John/Jane Hancock on a piece of paper. However, it would not happen if the fans did not spend the money. Where would the Wilpons get the money, especially if they are so “broke”?
Last year I made a statement that fans should stop going to games and send a message. I still stand by that. Yet I propose the fans do something different this year.
Consider this. CFoD reader, Alan, does the whole tailgating thing before some games.
I think it would be interesting to have nothing but tailgating parties for one weekend in the Citi Field parking lot. Nobody is to set foot inside Citi Field for those games. Yes, this is to be done during home games.
No money is to be spent for that entire week on the New York Mets. No games. No shopping. No food from the ballpark.
I would love to see the look on the faces of the Wilpons when they see nothing but tailgating parties going on outside of the park during a game and not a lot of people inside the ballpark.
I think it would be funny if the cheers from outside the park are louder than inside the park.
But I know this will not happen.
Why? Because Mets fans want to see their team play. They want to root for their team. Yes, Mets fans are passionate about their team. They are also passionate about something else:
This is why Mets fans will keep going to the games. Say what you want about them. Despite the disgracefulness of the front office, Mets fans are there to cheer on their team.
The execs do not play the game. The players do. The fans want to see the players play: win or lose.
That’s why the Mets fan base is in a league all their own.
They are not like Cubs fans. The Cubs, for the most part, always compete. That fan base loves their team despite no championship in over 100 years because they at least compete for one.
Mets fans get that every, I don’t know, six to ten years or so?
You always come back for more.
Dedicated or stupid?
I say neither. I think I’ll go with dedicated and eccentric.