Die Hard, stop complaining and renew your tickets Mets fans!

There seems to be a lot of discussion about ticket renewal plans out in Queens.  Hey guys, I don’t know what you want here – I wrote about how Steve should be worried about the die hards losing interest and everyone got mad at me.  Less than 24 hours later people are upset that things like the below appear to be happening, as told to The Media Goon by one fan.

new for 2024… half season plan holders… we took away your full postseason 
strip access, thanks for your loyalty… Thanks mets, this may now be the end 
of my season tickets. Half season holders only get half postseason strip 
options… my seat location was always subject to moving around 
which is fine and i understand but having full strip access was always by 
selling point… just spoke to my rep and he confirmed it only full 
season members can purchase full strips up front. After that whater 
is left will then be offered to other plan holder… 41 games isnt enough 
anymore lol.
That same fan apparently tells Media Goon that the “unused game ticket exchange program has been discontinued.”
Yesterday we learned that “For non-premium members, this differentiated membership platform will freeze prices for 43 percent of seats for the 2024 season” which by my calculations means 57% are not flat – but hey maybe that 57% is going down.
I also heard a price point about parking which I haven’t confirmed, but if true it’s a big enough jump that even the newspapers will pay attention.
Anyway, as you saw in Uncle Steve’s tweet back to me – the new rules have made baseball fun, and the team is getting younger.  Plus we have the new expanded club and the Mets Marketing guy wants to turn a day at Citi Field into an event, rather than a baseball game accompanied by organ music where you and your friend have a leisurely conversation over a beer and hot dog.   That would be insane.
So stop complaining and renew your tickets.  You all told me how die-hard you were.   I read your Facebook posts and tweets.  So die hard, and renew.

Mets to make their fancy schamncy club fancier and schmancier – oh and your tickets probably went up

From MLB.com – I have bad news for Clover – I had no idea they sponsored a club (bad use of money) and I still don’t even know which club this is – anyway, seems their club will be renovated.

I have added some comments in-line below

NEW YORK — On Monday, the Mets announced plans for a complete renovation of the Clover Club, which is located behind home plate, Oh that’s where it is, and some changes to season ticket memberships.

The new Clover Club will triple it in size and feature gourmet dining, a new VIP Boutique, individual lockers, a 50-foot bar and a variety of seating options. The food will include crab, steak and dessert stations.  Forty-three percent of non-premium season ticket memberships will stay flat for 2024 which means 57% are not staying flat, maybe they are, I dunno, going UP? and full season ticket members will save 26 percent on average vs. single game tickets.

Thinking big is nothing new to the Mets. Before the 2023 season, the team built a 17,400 square foot scoreboard, the biggest in the Major Leagues.

Jeff Deline, executive vice president “I’ve been in sports for 27 years, said, “Every decision that we make [at Citi Field] — whether it be the Clover Club or concessions — it’s always the fans first in mind,” Hahahahahahaha yeah right.

Deline said. “Look, the baseball game will always be there. People will watch and tune in. But as we try to attract new fans to the game, they need more to do. They want to tour around the stadium in the two to three hours at the game. They want to go to different areas that we continue to build and reimagine. It’s more of an adventure and a day out. It’s not always about baseball. It’s got to be an outing.”

This is true.  Baseball is boring.  So it does need to be an event.  But, this appears to be an event for the affluent.

I do like that baseball is admitting that baseball isn’t good enough to get people to go to a game.   Think about that

For non-premium members, this differentiated membership platform will freeze prices for 43 percent of seats for the 2024 season. For memberships with increasing prices, the blended increase across current members is 5.4 percent — in line with inflation and ballpark upgrades.  And there is is.

My advice?  Get yourself a big giant TV.  For like the $700 range you can get something really nice, you won’t have to pay for parking and you can order in food with your savings.

Mets owner Steve Cohen responds to “Loyal” post

Steve Cohen responded to this morning’s post.

I was out for a run this morning and my phone started blowing up.  I know without looking what had happened.

As I wrote on twitter:

So here’s what’s great – Steve heard me. He might disagree, but a point of view was put out there. And will be discussed inside the Mets org. And in the Post and on WFAN and on Mets message boards. And this my friends is how we effect change. #LGM

It may or may not be a topic Mets Inc wants discussed in those forums – but they probably don’t need to worry as  an NFL Sunday will likely distract everyone.

As an aside, per ESPN the 2022 Mets averaged 33,308 PAID attendance through 77 home dates, which was 6th overall.  In 2023 through 73 games they were averaging 32,837. So basically flat.  And there were 300 empty chairs in the Loyal section last night.


Loyal Til The Last Out? Steve Cohen’s Mets have lost the die-hards

It was a very nice day out yesterday.  A Saturday, most people are off on Sunday.  And yet…

That’s the section of a group that self-describes as “die hard” fans.  Loyal Til The Last Out and such..  Well, looks like half of them ate their tickets rather than Die Hard.  Or maybe they ARE loyal to the last out, but not so much the first out (check the scoreboard in the screenshots)

It’s sad.  This was a group that has been get 1000 people to visit another city, and now half of them can’t be bothered to go to Flushing to use tickets they likely already paid for.

This is your product Steve.  Your 4th place product.  The one that chose to tank  this summer.  The one that builds around and markets Lindor, who let the fans know what he thinks of them.  A team built around Pete Alonso who sometimes hits HRs but doesn’t even have the most home runs by a 1B in his own division.  A team built on the premise that “once the Wilpons are gone…” about to go through yet another iteration of New Culture with the newest front office savior.

Money and luck will fix most of that.  But you’ve lost people.  And the younger millennials and Gen-Z do not care about this sport.

Those photos should scare the hell out of you Steve – well not YOU, you have more money than you know what to with – but Baseball in general.   It’s dying before your eyes.

Steve will Steinbrenner (George, not Hal) this in the off-season.  He’ll extend Pete and name him Captain to please the idiots who don’t understand how to win at baseball.  He’ll sign someone for a lot of money.  We’ll have a New Culture, built to win just now but in the future.

Been there, done that.

The Die Hards have left the building.   I left too.  Haven’t been to Flushing since David Wright’s final game.  I watched two games this season (games 1 and 2) and don’t even get SNY in my home now.    I’m not sue why you guys are marketing out there, but I have lost interest in most of it.

Good luck with your plan Steve.

Pete Alonso hits 45th HR as 4th Place Mets fall 28 games back but hey Pete homered!

Pete Alonso at the US Open instead of watching game film and getting ready for a baseball game.

Pete Alonso hit his 45th Home Run, as the Mets lose once again and are 28 games out of first place.

But hey, the Polar Bear homered, as the Mets continue to build around a guy who turned on the fans and a guy whose overall game doesn’t lead to winning baseball…..as the Braves run off yet another division.

Depending on the minute, the latest savior David Stearns is either trading or not trading Pete.  Steve Steinbrenner just wants to be loved, so I expect that 2024 will look a lot like the last few seasons as Steve whips out his wallet and you all fawn over him…..while the Braves take another division

Some other GM will be stupid and give you parts for Pete.  Pete doesn’t even have the most HRs by a 1B in the division (that too belongs to the Braves) so let’s stop acting like we can’t possibly replace his Dave Kingman style of baseball.