Well it is the morning after the Citi Field sit out. Needless to say, it did not happen. At least nowhere near where they wanted it. Why? I like to think it is because of one Mets fan, and CFoD reader Donna Bauer, who stood up and said:
“I am a Mets fan through and through. I will support my team no matter what. I will still go to the ballpark.”
Since Donna was so passionate about this sit out, I asked her to write a little piece about it. She wrote this last night, but since I was at work, I could not post it until now. Here is what she said:
SIT OUT…..I don’t think so. I won’t be a part and I hope you won’t either. I do agree with our rights to show and tell management how we feel. But a SIT OUT is not the answer.
A SIT OUT hurts the pocket books of the wrong people. The people who would be attending tonight’s game are mainly the people who have already purchased their tickets. I doubt that there is going to be a large walk up for tonight’s game.
You are telling the people who already spent their hard earned money not o tog and enjoy the one thing they spent it on. Possibly hundreds down the drain. Not to mention trying to explain to the family why they can’t go. You will surely be hurting these people a whole lot more than the Wilpons.
If you want to organize to let management know how we feel, there are other ways to go about it.
We could arrange a massive letter writing campaign, or organize a PROTEST outside of Citifield or SNY and alert the media. Get the masses to work for you at no cost to the working man or loss of fun for their families.
Still not sure what effect any of that may have but it sure beats spending money and not getting to see a game. SIT OUT………..NOT THE ANSWER…..
Ms. Donna was completely right. It certainly was not the answer and you all made that clear by still showing up to the ballpark. I was against the sit out, but for a different reason. I was against it because being a fan means sticking with your team no matter what. This includes bad ownership.
Look at the Pittsburgh Pirates fans and Baltimore Orioles fans. They still go to the games because, not only do they love their team, they love the sport.
Every time I have spoken to a Mets fan about the status of the Mets, they all say the same thing: For the love of the game they still have to go to the ballpark. We are all baseball addicts. No matter how much you hate what is going on with this team, like it or not, you still watch them. You still go to the ballpark.
There is nothing like sitting in a ballpark and hearing the crack of the bat as it makes contact with the baseball. If it is hit hard enough, you sit there in awe as the ball sails to the warning track and just barely makes it out for a home run. You enjoy sitting there watching in anticipation of a no-hitter.
What about your baseball family? For all those season ticket holders, other ticket package holders, or if you have friends you just meet up with at the ballpark because you met on Facebook or Myspace (if anybody is still on that one), you have bond. You do not get together except at Citi Field. After all, when the season is over, you say your goodbyes until the following year.
Yes, Donna Bauer was more than just right when she said the sit out was not the answer. Ownership already knows how Mets fans feel. Contrary to what you may believe, they are not stupid. They listen to the radio. They hear the rumblings. So even sending petitions and doing protests outside SNY or Citi Field (which would be a bit hilarious in my opinion) is still not the answer.
Let me ask you a question. What did you do in the early nineties? Were you at Shea Stadium? Did you still watch your team play?
If you think you have it so bad, have you taken a look at the New York Knicks? Maybe some of you are Knicks fans. What about the New York Rangers and their fans? You think we have problems? Try having James Dolan as your owner. Now that is a problem. He keeps raising prices on Cablevision subscriptions and he still cannot put anything out there to be proud of. But I digress. You can learn a lot from those fans (and this is coming from a Devils fan) and even Jets fans. They will still pack out their games.
So you have some choices:
- Stay true to the orange and blue by sticking with your team no matter what.
- Find another team to root for.
- Stop watching baseball, unless you are a true baseball fan.
The decision is yours.
As for Donna and myself, I think you know where we stand. True to the orange and blue through thick and thin.