• What Are Mets Fans Doing This Season?

    Posted by on March 29th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    It’s not going to games…

    Via Forbes, earlier this week -

    An internal report circulating the offices of Major League Baseball shows that thus far the Mets have sold just 600,000 tickets for the 2011 season. This implies that the team has sold less than 7,000 season tickets. In contrast, the MLB report shows that the New York Yankees have sold 3 million tickets for this season.

    Opening day is still a week away. And the Mets did get 3.2 million at the gate in 2009, Citi Field’s first season. But if ticket sales collapse this year it will be very hard to get investors to believe 3 million will come through Citi Field’s turnstiles in 2012.

    At this rate, the Mets are going to be lucky to draw 1.5 million this year.

    Will we ever see a day, again, in Yankeeland, where the Yanks draw 1.5 million or less?

    Last time that happened was 1975 – and they were playing in Shea Stadium that season. Last time it happened in the Bronx was 1973. Heck, the last time the Yankees drew less than 2.2 million over a full season was 1992.

    So, what does that say about the Mets and their fans?

    Comments on What Are Mets Fans Doing This Season?

    1. Jim TreshFan
      March 29th, 2011 | 10:40 pm

      They’re waiting for football season. Really, no one expects much from the Mutts this year. New York’s small market team will have it’s hands full just trying to meet payroll (Never give yor money to someone named “Madoff”). As you may know I have three brothers who are huge Mets fans and none of them has a good feeling about the coming year. For myself, I never understood the team, its (mis)management or its fan base. I was in a book store the other day and came across a Kevin Kernan title: AMAZING! THE METS MIRACLE 2006 SEASON. Yep, that’s a real book. And that’s a real shame.

    2. BOHAN
      March 30th, 2011 | 1:28 am

      Two words… Fair-Weather Fans… or 3 words whatever it is

    3. MJ Recanati
      March 30th, 2011 | 8:16 am

      BOHAN wrote:

      Two words… Fair-Weather Fans… or 3 words whatever it is

      Nah, they’re not fair-weather fans, they’re fans like everyone else. It’s been a stream of bad news since Carlos Beltran took strike three to end the 2006 NLCS and I can’t blame Mets fans if, after two miserable seasons in 2009-2010 (which followed two epic September collapses in 2007-2008), they’re feeling like they need to take a break from baseball for a while.

      Yankee fans — myself included — get agita when the team loses three or four games in a row. You can’t blame Mets fans if they’re feeling blue after four terrible years in a row and no hope for the immediate future now that their owner is being sued for $1B and needs to borrow money from MLB just to make payroll to end the 2010 fiscal year.

      The Mets are going to stink this year due to a toxic mix of bad luck and mismanagement. They’re faced with financial uncertainty and the likely prospect of having to trade their second-best player (Reyes) at midseason. They’re constantly a PR disaster (scouts/team executives fighting players, players beating up relatives, players accused of rape, players fighting team doctors over therapy, players refusing minor league assignments…) and their previous GM and manager could never speak coherently enough to avoid contradicting themselves.

      If you were a Mets fan, wouldn’t you rather put your money into a beach house share for the summer or an extra car payment or something else that didn’t make you feel so shitty for six months?

    4. clintfsu813
      March 30th, 2011 | 9:11 am

      I’m with MJ. I cant blame the Mets fans for taking a big time out. I’m sure they’ll still follow the team and go out to a few big games. PHI, NYY etc. Heck, I tend to “check out” a lil bit when the Yanks go thru slumps. Its only natural. The type of fans that annoy me most are the ones that dont even support a team when they’re good. (Lookin at you Rays)

    5. March 30th, 2011 | 10:17 am
    6. 77yankees
      March 30th, 2011 | 7:03 pm

      Funny thing is, out of those 600,000 seats they’ve sold – 150,000 of them are probably for the Subway Series. Expect 80% of those crowds in Citi Dump to be Yankee fans. :-)

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