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2008 – metsgrrl.com http://www.metsgrrl.com one girl, one team, one city. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:04:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LIVE AND IN PERSON. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/12/15/live-and-in-person/ Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:17:51 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1523 Yeah, I know, there are a million photos out there and you’ve seen them all. But we went out on the 7 on Sunday, for the first time in, well, forever, taking friends out for dim sum in Flushing, and then a trip to the Unisphere and the Queens Museum.

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Let me tell you, you can see as many photos as you like. It’s a LOT different in person.

They’re knocking through the seating areas now. Field level is gone. Loge is gone. Mezzanine is just starting to be knocked through, as is the overhang on the upper deck.

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The photos aren’t great, but I didn’t have my zoom, and wasn’t going to make it into a project today.… [more]

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Yeah, I know, there are a million photos out there and you’ve seen them all. But we went out on the 7 on Sunday, for the first time in, well, forever, taking friends out for dim sum in Flushing, and then a trip to the Unisphere and the Queens Museum.

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Let me tell you, you can see as many photos as you like. It’s a LOT different in person.

They’re knocking through the seating areas now. Field level is gone. Loge is gone. Mezzanine is just starting to be knocked through, as is the overhang on the upper deck.

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The photos aren’t great, but I didn’t have my zoom, and wasn’t going to make it into a project today. If it had just been me and TBF, we probably would have done a full circle to see whatever we could see, but we had friends along from out of town who were not exactly going to be thrilled about slogging through parking lots and construction sites on a futile circumnambulation of Shea. However, this probably means a trip back out for us in the coming weeks to do just that.

We got off at Willetts Point in order to take them to the Panorama of the City Of New York at the Queens Museum. The last time they updated it was in the 90’s, and I doubt they have plans to do so in the very near future. But just in case they did, I wanted a shot of Shea:

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(If you have never seen the Panorama, I highly recommend it.)

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PROBLEMS OUR NEW BULLPEN MEMBER DIDN’T HAVE IN SEATTLE. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/12/11/problems-our-new-bullpen-member-didnt-have-in-seattle/ Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:23:15 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1521 After living there for almost a decade, I can assure you he never had to deal with things like this:

I’m not entirely sure the last one is meant humorously… but you never know.

More actual commentary to come about our recent Hot Stove moves that’s isn’t written by a woman with the mind of a 13-year-old-boy shortly.… [more]

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After living there for almost a decade, I can assure you he never had to deal with things like this:

I’m not entirely sure the last one is meant humorously… but you never know.

More actual commentary to come about our recent Hot Stove moves that’s isn’t written by a woman with the mind of a 13-year-old-boy shortly.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF PUTZ. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/12/11/a-different-kind-of-putz/ Thu, 11 Dec 2008 07:36:29 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1519 As we say goodbye to Mr. Heilman…

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…and extend a warm welcome to Mr. Putz. As the Mariners fans say said, “Putz in, game over!”

(No, seriously, they really DO say that.)

(I’m not kidding.)

As TBF says, “It’s all going to be fine until the first time he blows a save. Then, the Post will have a field day.”
Me: “They can’t do that.”
TBF: “It’s his name, they certainly can…”

So much for getting to sleep early tonight. WFAN is on in one room, SNY in the other room, and it feels like – well, it feels like baseball.… [more]

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As we say goodbye to Mr. Heilman…

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…and extend a warm welcome to Mr. Putz. As the Mariners fans say said, “Putz in, game over!”

(No, seriously, they really DO say that.)

(I’m not kidding.)

As TBF says, “It’s all going to be fine until the first time he blows a save. Then, the Post will have a field day.”
Me: “They can’t do that.”
TBF: “It’s his name, they certainly can…”

So much for getting to sleep early tonight. WFAN is on in one room, SNY in the other room, and it feels like – well, it feels like baseball. Ain’t love grand?

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/12/05/a-different-perspective/ Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:59:14 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1515 Regular readers of MG will remember our friends on the loge, L and M. M. had been a plan holder since before she even knew L. It was from them that I first got the idea to buy a plan, that it was at all within the realm of possibility. They were also Tuesday-Friday planholders.

They are ENORMOUS sports fans. The type of people who would buy World Series tickets no matter who the team was because they’d just like to see the game.

When we emailed to ask them what they had gotten in the on-sale, imagine our surprise to receive this:

Actually we ended up doing nothing.

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Regular readers of MG will remember our friends on the loge, L and M. M. had been a plan holder since before she even knew L. It was from them that I first got the idea to buy a plan, that it was at all within the realm of possibility. They were also Tuesday-Friday planholders.

They are ENORMOUS sports fans. The type of people who would buy World Series tickets no matter who the team was because they’d just like to see the game.

When we emailed to ask them what they had gotten in the on-sale, imagine our surprise to receive this:

Actually we ended up doing nothing. We passed.

We had zero interest in the 15 game plans. No desire to be sitting in the upper deck against the Nationals on a Wed in August if there was no pot of gold at the end (playoff tickets guarantee and not a pre-sale password)

We were pretty sure (before the plan announcement) that were going to grab a half season plan in a good section, similar to a loge-type level. We were going to go with the Excelsior Club level tickets but then saw the “alternate location” for post season tickets. The other thing about the Mets (is) no predetermined seat location, but it is best available at the time you log in based on your seniority bucket. (Yankees gave or will provide the seat location ahead of time.)

Our increasing problem over the past few seasons is that our work/life schedules are getting harder and harder to plan around and commitments can not be changed. And weekend plans are no good for us as we travel a a lot. So we didn’t want to buy a 40 game plan and then have difficulty or worrying about dumping the tickets.**

So in the end, we figure it is better for us, based on the shitty post-season offerings and our scheduling commitments is that we will still probably go to 20 or so games, but will buy the tickets, either on ticket drops or secondary market during the year so we can go to the games that we want to go to and not because we have to go to, and arriving in the 5th inning, because we were unable to dump the tickets.

Dear Mets: you just lost money AGAIN. And a lot more than you lost from us.

I think that the Mets sold a lot less of the 15 game plans then they thought they would. A lot of people bought plans for the post-season rights. Removing the post-season rights made the commitment much less attractive, even for us. TBF and I feel confident enough in our abilities to take a chance in the post-season land grab, so we felt like it was still an okay option, but I’ll see how we’re going to feel come fall (if it’s even necessary, which at this point I seriously doubt).


**I want to note here that, unlike the prevailing attitude all over what seems like the rest of the Mets internet, like us, they do not sell tickets at a markup or with a goal of profit. (And if you think that’s a judgment, that’s because IT IS.)

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THE NEW WORLD. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/12/03/the-new-world/ Wed, 03 Dec 2008 17:16:29 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1513 Prom514view

According to mets.com, that’s the view from our Promenade Infield seats.

We’re in.

Who else bought today?… [more]

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According to mets.com, that’s the view from our Promenade Infield seats.

We’re in.

Who else bought today?

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LEFT OF RECKONING. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/12/01/left-of-reckoning/ Mon, 01 Dec 2008 14:16:35 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1511 There has been teeth gnashing, and phone calls made, and lengthy conversations in instant message (since I was gone for five days in a locale that had ample internet access, but no cell signal). We are over the fact that the 40-game plan is not for us, and have resigned ourselves to purchasing a weekday plan and the Friday plan. Equally, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that because the Mets are automating the sales, we have no chance in reuniting the denizens of Section 12.

A moment of silence, please.

Even with both of those plans, we will still spend less than we did last year, and less than we planned on spending.… [more]

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There has been teeth gnashing, and phone calls made, and lengthy conversations in instant message (since I was gone for five days in a locale that had ample internet access, but no cell signal). We are over the fact that the 40-game plan is not for us, and have resigned ourselves to purchasing a weekday plan and the Friday plan. Equally, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that because the Mets are automating the sales, we have no chance in reuniting the denizens of Section 12.

A moment of silence, please.

Even with both of those plans, we will still spend less than we did last year, and less than we planned on spending. The Mets will lose money on us. I am rational enough now to acknowledge that we are not typical consumers (although a comment by MG reader Doug on the previous post indicates that perhaps we are more typical than the Mets would have us believe). The Mets even tried to bring some seniority into play (based on financial commitment). Could they have tried harder? Yes. I am dumbfounded, still, that you can’t buy a 40 game plan in the Promenade deck. (I do not think quite honestly that they are going to sell very many 40 game plans, given the financial outlay and the location of the seats, but I could be wrong.)

Most people are going to be happy with these plans. Most people wanted their Saturday or their Sunday or their weekend plan, and picking up two 15-game plans allows you to do a Tuesday-Friday in spirit (you get to see almost everyone if you pick right).

I’m just exhausted and eager for it all to be done with, so I can start my countdown to Opening Day (which is A NIGHT GAME, just what we all want for our first game at the new ballpark. Hey, MLB TV, bite me). I am ready to be over my bitterness. I am ready for 2008 to be a rebuilding year, a year with no expectations. I’m in the damn ballpark, at least.

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DID NOT DISAPPOINT. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/11/26/did-not-disappoint/ Wed, 26 Nov 2008 21:26:08 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1509 You know, when they said they were going to release the information on 11/26, was I the only one who assumed that meant at, say, 9 or 10am? Putting it up in the afternoon served one purpose and one purpose ONLY: to make sure that this debacle didn’t hit the media until it was done and over with.

I also am dumbfounded that I cannot purchase a 40 game plan. I do not want to sit in the left field reserved, and more importantly, I can’t afford 40 games out there. Why are there no 40 game plans in the Promenade Reserved Infield or even Promenade Reserved?… [more]

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You know, when they said they were going to release the information on 11/26, was I the only one who assumed that meant at, say, 9 or 10am? Putting it up in the afternoon served one purpose and one purpose ONLY: to make sure that this debacle didn’t hit the media until it was done and over with.

I also am dumbfounded that I cannot purchase a 40 game plan. I do not want to sit in the left field reserved, and more importantly, I can’t afford 40 games out there. Why are there no 40 game plans in the Promenade Reserved Infield or even Promenade Reserved? Seriously, you couldn’t have figured out how to do that? I stared at the 40 game option for 10 minutes, because the dollar amounts involved were much larger than TBF and I had anticipated, even given all of our research, and couldn’t figure it out until a few seconds ago: it’s out of my budget because we budgeted 40 games based on Promenade level pricing. Even if I would sit there, we can’t put down $4k for next year.

I know that someone’s going to say “Well, people are going to pay it, they don’t have to be creative,” but I don’t think that’s true. I believe they will lose money. And the loss of goodwill cannot be quantified.

I am on a deadline so I will have to table this discussion now. More over the holiday break.

p.s. TBF finds that he is in agreement with Wallace Matthews for the first and only time in his life, with this article.

All last season, they used scare tactics on their partial-plan holders – people who weren’t part of some corrupt and tax-sheltered corporation, people who couldn’t afford to shell out for 81 games but could scrape together enough to come 15 times a year, or 20, or every weekend.

The Mets told those people, many of whom had been coming faithfully since Shea Stadium opened in 1964, that there would be no partial-plans at Citi Field, that only full season-ticket holders would be welcome in the new park.

They compounded the insult by offering “season-ticket plans,” along with the much-coveted priority status to buy tickets for 2009 at the new park, when there were fewer than 10 games to go in the season. Translation: If you had a 15 game partial plan, you were out, but if you bought a “full-season plan” for the last 10 games, you were in.

Then, economic reality slapped them in the face. The Mets missed the playoffs again. The recession apparently put a dent in their grand all-season-ticket plan for Citi Field. Suddenly, last month, the Mets told their partial-plan holders that there would be room at the inn for them after all, although they have yet to specify how many games, in which seats, at what prices.

What it has done, however, is allow them to hold on to all the money sent for playoff tickets that were never used, a sum that could be as much as $50 million. That’s a $50-million, interest-free loan, courtesy of the National Bank of You.

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YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/11/25/you-heard-it-here-first/ Wed, 26 Nov 2008 02:20:24 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1507 Last week, I mentioned in a rant that given the current state of Citibank, That Place The Mets Are Going To Play Next Year might be seeing some renaming down the line.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks that way:

Citibank is in trouble. They have laid off over 20k employees.… [more]

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Last week, I mentioned in a rant that given the current state of Citibank, That Place The Mets Are Going To Play Next Year might be seeing some renaming down the line.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks that way:

Citibank is in trouble. They have laid off over 20k employees. Keeping the name the way it is now has the potential to snowball into a PR nightmare for both C and the Mets. Why not call it “X Field sponsored by Citibank,” Or something like that? Personally, I am in some kind of basic agreement with the Slate article above which offers the opinion that Citibank shouldn’t stop spending money on everything, but there might need to be a thought of some kind of toning down given the company’s current financial situation and the fact that the U.S. government is bailing them out – not once, but TWICE. It’s not a minor thing, it’s not a trivial thing, and it’s not something that will just go away.

The Mets, of course, have no comment.

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THEY DO EXIST. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/11/23/they-do-exist-2/ Mon, 24 Nov 2008 04:25:29 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1504 I am on hiatus this week but I wanted to point out that over at Loge 13, they have posted the information regarding partial plans as received by someone who’s already gotten The Letter. 11/26 and 12/3 are the magic days.

Happy Thanksgiving if I don’t find occasion to post again before the holiday.… [more]

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I am on hiatus this week but I wanted to point out that over at Loge 13, they have posted the information regarding partial plans as received by someone who’s already gotten The Letter. 11/26 and 12/3 are the magic days.

Happy Thanksgiving if I don’t find occasion to post again before the holiday.

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CRANKY UPDATE. http://www.metsgrrl.com/2008/11/19/cranky-update/ Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:36:27 +0000 http://metsgrrl.com.s90799.gridserver.com/?p=1502 Here’s what TBF dragged out of the MTO this morning:

1) Information on partial plans is being sent out end of this week/beginning of next week.
2) They DO have ticket prices, and if you are a full season holder they will gladly give you the numbers for Bronze/Gold/Silver/etc. over the phone. They’re just not going to release them for whatever reason. Maybe one of the beat writers could call and get this info?
3) As a commenter on an earlier post noted, one of the 15 game plans is allegedly going to be a Saturday plan with some weekday games thrown in.… [more]

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Here’s what TBF dragged out of the MTO this morning:

1) Information on partial plans is being sent out end of this week/beginning of next week.
2) They DO have ticket prices, and if you are a full season holder they will gladly give you the numbers for Bronze/Gold/Silver/etc. over the phone. They’re just not going to release them for whatever reason. Maybe one of the beat writers could call and get this info?
3) As a commenter on an earlier post noted, one of the 15 game plans is allegedly going to be a Saturday plan with some weekday games thrown in. At least that was strongly hinted to TBF.
4) And finally:

“I don’t think my reference to the Yankees — and that they already have all their info out — went over well. I asked why they were able to do things better than the Mets. The manager suggested that they were aware of what the Yankees were doing but that they weren’t better, just different. I suggested that in this case, they were indeed faster, which I thought was better.”

It’s coming, at least. It’s coming. I just wish I could be excited about it.

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