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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Barra: Oh Dear God—It’s Time for Another Mets Season

The Dear God/Another Mets Season Project is a global platform for sharing inner hopes, fears and aspirations through the medium of prayer.

It’s a drab, uninspiring team from the starting lineup to the rotation to the bullpen, but at least they’ll look good. The 2013 Mets have eliminated all traces of black from their uniforms and replaced it with the traditional blue and orange. For home games they’ll wear the occasional blue jerseys with an orange “Mets” across the chest, and—who says the Mets’ front office won’t spend money for essentials?—A blue road jersey with “New York” on the front? On top of this—and this is really where the Wilpons broke the budget—there will be an alternative cap, blue crown and orange brim, with white Old English “NY.”

If they sell enough of those, perhaps the Mets will be able to buy some ballplayers.

...Every player on this team knows the truth: Don’t do anything sensational or you’ll end up learning signals up in Toronto. To those of you who, like me, are still pissed over the R.A. Dickey deal, here’s a reason to stay pissed: For all the talk of the impressive prospects the Mets got in return, they didn’t get a starter. What they got was a lower payroll, which, in turn, means they’re going to pass the savings along to you with lower ticket prices . . .

Oh, wait, they’re not. Despite a fourth-place finish in the NL East, the Mets have raised single-game ticket prices for almost every seating category for the fourth consecutive season. If you want to see the Mets play the Yankees at Citifield this year—and something tells me they’re not going to be pushing down the gates to get in for those games—it will cost you a cool 63 bucks. And that’s the cheap seats.

Repoz Posted: March 30, 2013 at 07:40 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drexl Spivey Posted: March 30, 2013 at 08:56 AM (#4399626)
Hell yes! It's time for another baseball season!

(I don't care at all about the Mets).
   2. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:18 AM (#4399634)
Oh Dear G*d -- It's Time for Another Barra Column
   3. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4399638)
Even He can't help the Mets.
   4. TerpNats Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4399647)
He did in 1969...when He was George Burns. (Or so the movie says.)
   5. The District Attorney Posted: March 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM (#4399678)
Despite a fourth-place finish in the NL East, the Mets have raised single-game ticket prices for almost every seating category for the fourth consecutive season.
This does seem unwise.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM (#4399682)
Despite a fourth-place finish in the NL East, the Mets have raised single-game ticket prices for almost every seating category for the fourth consecutive season.

This does seem unwise.


It's an interesting pricing quandry. It really depends on the nature of your demand. If you've lost the casual fans, an the only one who are going to show are diehards, and others for marquee matchups (Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc.) then you might as well raise prices.

$2-3 extra not going to prevent anyone from going to a game they really want to see. And $2-3 less isn't getting anyone to come to a mid-week April game against the Marlins.
   7. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4399700)
It's hard to believe that Santana's career might already be over. I actually feel bad for Mets fans, and as most people know, that's not easy to do.
   8. HowardMegdal Posted: March 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4399702)
5. FWIW, ticket prices went down three straight years. Now, why they went up this past winter, I couldn't tell you at all.
   9. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: March 30, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4399707)
Raising or lowering ticket prices a few bucks per seat ($3-$5, I'm guessing, on average) isn't going to do much to demand. It's the costs surrounding the ticket that can drill you. I can't speak for NY, but parking, food for a family, a couple of beers per adult, a couple of souvenirs...well, my family of four has gone to many minor league games, but I have yet to take the whole family to a major-league game. Too expensive for 5 and 7 year-old girls and my wife to get additional enjoyment out of a game that probably adds $200 to the total price of the experience.
   10. Benji Posted: March 30, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4399750)
No black in the uniforms? Well, Phil Mushnick will love that anyway. I just wish there were some decent hitters in the uniforms.
   11. Mark Armour Posted: March 30, 2013 at 07:45 PM (#4399892)
I do not really understand articles like this. The Mets will win 70 games, maybe 80, a lot of them will be thrilling. There are worse ways to spend a summer evening that watching a baseball game.
   12. Greg K Posted: March 30, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4399895)
For all the talk of the impressive prospects the Mets got in return, they didn’t get a starter.

Are they planning on using Syndergaard out of the bullpen?

I'm sure the Jays would gladly take him and that other loser back. We'll even let you have Thole again!
   13. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 30, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4399936)
It’s a drab, uninspiring team from the starting lineup to the rotation to the bullpen,...


This is silly. If you can forget about the Wilpons it's fun to watch young teams. The part that bothers me is the likelihood that even if a lot of the young guys are for real, there's not enough money to fill the gaps, so the club won't contend. Oh, and the ####### outfield.

I do not really understand articles like this. The Mets will win 70 games, maybe 80,...
Funny guy.
   14. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4399962)
I think the young starting pitching on this team is going to be reason enough to make them interesting.

I really don't like that they are putting Familia in the bullpen. I don't like it a lot.
   15. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4399970)
Wait. What? They are?

Are they Weavering Familia, starting him out in long relief with the idea of turning him into a starter over time?

edit: Appparently not. The Post says,


Though the Mets haven’t abandoned the idea the 23-year-old Familia can be a successful starting pitcher, the latest plan calls for trying to mold the right-hander as a reliever.

Anthony J. Causi

FAMILIA VALUES: Jeurys Familia, working out yesterday in Port St. Lucie, has the potential to be a starter, Triple-A manager Wally Backman says, but the Mets plan to develop Familia as a relief pitcher.

“I still think he projects pretty good as a starter,” said Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman, who had Familia the last two seasons. “But with his stuff, as a one- or two-inning guy at the major league level, he could be a force to be reckoned with at some point in time.”


Sweet jesus. I'd completely blocked out Backman being at AAA. I guess we're looking at a Ricci-Backman-Jeff Wilpon triumvirate starting in 2015.

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