Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas, Mets Fans

When I think about the Mets and Christmas this year, I'm reminded of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

There's a scene toward the end where Clark Griswald, expecting a large Christmas bonus, only receives a one-year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.

I imagine that is what it will be like for many Mets employees this holiday season, and their reaction may look a little like this:

(Warning: There is some inappropriate language used. Nothing that I'm sure you haven't used, however, while watching the Mets.)

Happy holidays, everyone.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mets Offer Everything But The Kitchen Sink To Bring In Investors

Have $20 million laying around? Want to spend some quality time with Mr. Met? Well then the Mets have a deal for you.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times got a hold of the document stating the terms of any potential deal with investors.

What are the perks being offered by the Mets? Feast your eyes on these:

  • A business card that will have "Owner" on it.

  • One parking space. If you're lucky, maybe two.

  • One opportunity each season to throw out the first pitch (So you better make it good).

  • Access to Mr. Met.

  • Chance to attend a road trip and stay in the team hotel. Don't think you have a choice in which city you go to, however. The Mets will choose that for you.

  • Chance to buy tickets to the All-Star game.

  • Discounted MLB merchandise.

Ready to write that check yet?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mets: Two Months Until All The Fun Starts

Pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on February 20. Position players are scheduled to report February 25.

I know many fans are not excited about the 2012 season, but having an official date makes me happy.

With winter starting tomorrow, I don't really care what the team looks like at this point. I just want to see some baseball.

Baseball = summer and warm weather.

Mets Give GCL Team The Boot

The Mets announced today that they are getting rid of their Gulf Coast League team in St. Lucie in 2012. There was speculation that the team would be cutting ties with Kingsport.

The move was made in an effort to save the team money.

Now, before you start huffing and puffing about how horrible this is, and how it's all the Wilpons fault, calm yourself.

The Mets now have eight minor league affiliates, which is the standard number of affiliates across MLB. There are now only two other teams in MLB who have nine affiliates (Mariners and Rays).

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mets Officially Sign Francisco

Frank Francisco is officially a Met. Poor guy (I kid, sort of...).

The right-hander signed a two-year deal with the Mets. The 32-year-old was 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA with the Toronto Blue Jays last season.

Here's a fun fact: According to the Mets press release, "He ranks fifth among American League relievers with 302 strikeouts over the last five years (2007-2011)."