THE PLAN: So what did Steve Cohen do, he let the Dodgers sign all the big targets

It’s all part of the plan

ESPN wrote about The Plan (version 63), but I haven’t had time to digest it.

This caught my eye.

Cohen assumed controlling interest of his favorite team in 2020. When that happened, Cohen set the tone of his early stewardship with an answer to a question about which franchise he’d like to see his team emulate: “I like what the Dodgers are doing,” Cohen said before elaborating on the various methods he hoped the Mets could adopt.

Which is weird, because that’s not what the Mets did this season.  But maybe I need to read the thing.  I’m busy today.

Mets City Connect: The 7 Line is a T-Shirt company, the 7 TRAIN is the subway

Nitpick about the City Connect descriptions…

The 7-Line: In the City’s most diverse borough, there is one train that represents all New Yorkers equally and brings you to our home. We weave purple throughout this uniform as an homage to the ultimate connector – The 7-Line.

Here’s the thing.  Nobody calls it The 7 Line.  The 7 Line is an apparel company founded by Darren Meenan (who I am mad at because his brand is using a vulgarized version of LGM and Darren knows better.)

The subway which you are seeking to emote is known as  the 7 Train.  I grew up half a block from Roosevelt Avenue.  Ut’s the 7 Train.  I took the 7 Train to high school.  I took the 7 Train to Mets games.

Its the 7 train.

Is it the D Line?  No.  It’s the “D” or the D Train.

Is there a famous song about Take The A Line?  No there is not.  You take the A Train.

Do you transfer to the E Line at 74th?  No you do not. You take the E Train to Manhattan.

So, I get the narrative, but a lot of out of owners are in power in Queens these days and they don’t know what they are talking about, and they definitely don’t take the subway.

7 TRAIN.  Get the lore right.

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Now if you want to use LINE – Flushing Line would have been OK.  The 7 Train runs on the Flushing Line.  Hypothetically you could have an 11 Train run express on the Flushing Line.

There is a Lexington Avenue Line.  It has the 4, 5 and 6.  The 4, 5, and 6 trains run on the Lexington Avenue LINE.

Understand?

Clean up the lore Mets.

And Darren, cut it out.  You can sell shirts without playing to he vulgar idiots.  Remember, what built your brand wasn’t Sell The Team, it was tapping into the emotion of Gary Carter’s passing.    #LGM

Queens Crew profile

With everything going right for Steve this week – City Connect, beating Yamamoto – I figured we should go back to making fun of things, and what’s an easier target than the Queens Crew.

You remember the Queens Crew? They were hyped up before the season and since Opening Day I don’t think they’ve been mentioned.  NBC has profiled them, in which we learn

Auditions to join The Queens Crew were held in January, which brought in hundreds of local contestants. According to an expired job posting found on Backstage, the dance team is meant to reflect “the diverse culture, edgy style, and vibrant spirit of Queens” with compensation of up to $255 per day.

Welcome to the blog Trisha!

This seemed like an obvious opportunity, and we wanted to bring something that was really going to bridge generations,” said Trisha Donlin .

The 2024 Mets City Connect Jerseys – I like them!

Great job by the Mets sharing ACTUAL ASSETS.  Like lots and lots of photos.  This helps get the word out.  Nice job Mets.

I think these aren’t bad.  Wayyyy better than we could have expected.  As City Connect jerseys go they are Citizen Kane.  More on that at the end of the post.

The  Mets will wear the City Connect jerseys for every Saturday home game throughout the season, (except for June 1) beginning April 27th

The Mets Media Relations team did this one right, sharing lots of info.

FLUSHING, N.Y., April 19, 2024 – The New York Mets today introduced their highly-anticipated City Connect jersey. Representing on all fronts, the uniform honors everything about NYC that makes it the World’s City – the trains that connect our fans, the bridges that bring our boroughs together and the concrete that serves as the steady heartbeat of the city’s grit and grind.

“Our new City Connect uniforms are an homage to everything that makes NYC the greatest city in the world. We wanted to honor different parts of the city that connect to our home in Queens.” said Mets Chief Marketing Officer Andy Goldberg. “From the bridges to the trains to the streets, Mets fans across New York and beyond can wear this streetwear style look with pride.”

When taking a closer look at the design of the jersey and cap, there are several unique design elements, nodding to the passion of our fans while presenting a distinct New York style, including:

Looks like the first “leak” of the cap (from Japan) was correct

The MLB Shop is also selling this alternate cap which sucks

And as for the fonts on the back…

As Media Relations service goes, this is far and away the best support since Shannon Forde passed away, and I’m going back to things like Mrs. Met’s return.  Great job Media Relations Team!

So….SHANNON I THOUGHT YOU HATE BLACK.

The Mets colors are blue and orange. Any sane person knows that.

If we’re going to have City Connect jerseys, these are nice.  They are clean.  The dark gray looks old timey.  And the N Y C reminds me of these old time New York Giants uniforms, seen here in Mets throwback version, so I really like that tie.  (Plus I can wear this and make people think I have a cool alt City Connect jersey.)

Also, as Civilian Wear, these are clean.  Sometimes, especially as 30 has become 50, it’s hard to walk around in a blue pullover Mets jersey.  These are a color you can wear as an adult.

I like them., and I would much rather wear these than the 2024 Black jerseys which are awful.  Steve, how about we meet halfway and you guys wear the City Connects for your Black Friday and we never wear the below.

I like them enough that I ordered one, along with a low crown cap, with my Mets Police Blog Ads money that I hadn’t touched in a few years.  I imagine I will regret buying anything from Fanatics, but hey these are actually snazzy.

I know a lot of you think I go out of my way to pile on the Mets, and I really don’t.  It’s just that they so often get things wrong.  Today, they got things right, including great support from Media Relations.  Assets make a huge difference. Thanks Mets!

And let’s all thank the heavens that we avoided something hideous like the below

or a design like this….

The West Coast Swing

INT. JERRY’S APARTMENT – DAY

Steve: (excited):  The Mets are back baby!  The hottest team in baseball!

Jerry: (nodding) . It’s about time!

Steve: And guess what? I’m taking us all to Los Angeles on my private plane to see the Mets play the Dodgers!

[Kramer enters, wearing a Dodgers jersey and cap]

Kramer: Hey, guys! Ready for the big road trip?

Steve: (shocked) Kramer,  you can’t wear that!

Kramer: (confused) Why not? I love the Dodgers!

Steve: Because we’re taking the Mets’ private plane! You can’t show up in Dodgers gear!

Jerry: Kramer, I thought you were a Mets fan. Aren’t you in the 7 Line Army?

Kramer:  I like both teams.  I’m bi-fanual.

Jerry: (raises eyebrows) Bi-fanual? What’s that supposed to mean?

Kramer: (gesturing enthusiastically) It means I’m a fan of both teams, Jerry. I appreciate the artistry and athleticism on both sides of the field. It’s a beautiful thing.

Steve: (intrigued) You know, Kramer might be onto something here. Maybe being bi-fanual is the future of sports fandom.

Jerry: (to Steve, incredulously) Don’t tell me you’re buying into this.

Steve: (shrugging) I’m just saying, it’s an interesting concept. Could be good for business, too. More fans means more ticket sales.


[Steve takes out his cell phone and dials the number of Chad, the Mets social media intern.]

Chad: (answering the phone) Mr. Steve! What’s up, boss?

Steve: Chad, I want you to send out a tweet from the Mets account about embracing bi-fanualism.  The Mets welcome ALL fans.

Chad: . I’ll handle it, Mr. Steve.

Steve: Great! I’m counting on you, Chad.

INT. METS PRIVATE PLANE – DAY

Pete: (noticing Kramer) Hey, man, what’s with the Dodgers gear?

Kramer: (grinning) Oh, I’m just showing my appreciation for both teams. I’m a bi-fanual!

Pete: (intrigued) Bi-fanual? What’s that?

Kramer: It means no matter who’s playing. It’s all about the love of the game!

[Pete nods, considering the idea.]

Pete: You know what? I like that.

[Kramer and Pete continue chatting, hitting it off. Jerry and Elaine exchange surprised looks.]

Elaine: (to Jerry) Looks like Kramer’s made a new friend.

Jerry: (nodding) Yeah, who would’ve thought? Kramer and Pete, bonding over being bi-fanuals.

[As the plane lands in Los Angeles, Kramer and Pete are deep in conversation.]

Kramer: (excitedly) Hey Pete, have you ever tried wearing butter shoes?

Pete: (confused) Butter shoes? What are those?

Kramer: Oh, it’s a game-changer. You coat your shoes with butter, and it makes you slide faster on the field. I learned it from a Dominican guy named Jimmy.

Pete: (intrigued) Really? That sounds crazy, but if it works…

INT. METS PRIVATE PLANE – EVENING AT LAX

[Jerry is scrolling through his phone, while the plane taxis]

Jerry: (to Elaine) Take a look at this tweet from the Mets’ account!

Elaine: (leaning over to look) What does it say?

Jerry: (reading aloud) “It’s time to be a bi-fanual! Swing the bat from both sides of the plate at Citi Field!”

INT. DODGER STADIUM HALLWAY – NIGHT

[Jerry and Steve are walking through the hallway when Jerry notices a group of Japanese men approaching from the opposite direction.]

Jerry: (to Steve) Hey, aren’t those Ohtani’s agents?

Steve: (panicking) Oh no, they can’t see me here! Quick, can I hide behind you?

[Steve tries to duck behind Jerry, but it’s too late. The agents have already spotted him.]

Agent 1: (smiling politely) What a surprise to see you here at Dodger Stadium.

Steve: (nervously) Oh, hi guys! I’m just here to support the game, you know?  I’m bi-fanual!

Agent 1: (smiling) We have no doubt.

Agent 2:  It is always good to show support, even when your team attendance is… struggling.

Agent 1:  (nodding) I am sure with your leadership, it will… improve.

[Jerry raises an eyebrow, sensing the backhanded nature of their comments.]

Agent 2: (smiling)  We have no doubt that you’re doing your best. it must be challenging to compete with teams like the Dodgers.

Agent 1: (bowing)   Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have some business to attend to.

Agent 2:  As we are sure that you have some agents to call.

[The agents walk away, leaving Steve looking deflated]

Jerry: (to Steve) Wow, they really know how to throw a polite punch, don’t they?

Steve: (sighing) Yeah, that’s the Japanese style. Insult you with a smile.

As Jerry and Steve walk away, the Japanese agents overhear Steve’s comment about their “insult you with a smile” style.]

Agent 1: (in Japanese) Did you hear what he just said about us?

Agent 2: (in Japanese) How dare he mock our cultural communication style! After him!

INT. DODGER STADIUM – NIGHT

[The Mets and Dodgers are in the middle of an intense game. Pete steps up to the plate, wearing his butter shoes. Kramer is in the stands, cheering him on.]

Kramer: (shouting) Come on, Pete! Show them what those butter shoes can do!

[Pete nods to Kramer and gets ready to swing. The pitcher throws, and Pete hits a grounder towards third base.]

Gary:  Pete hits a sharp grounder to third! He’s going to have to hustle to beat the throw.

[Pete starts running but immediately slips and falls due to the butter on his shoes. He tries to get up but keeps slipping comically.]