The Mets announced today the auction of various Shea Stadium stuff
"Even though Shea Stadium has gone dark, and will be gone soon," we are told, "Mets fans can bid for many items both inside and outside of their team's former home."
First of all, I prefer not to think of Shea as our team's FORMER home. The way Citi Field tickets have been positioned, Shea Stadium is, more accurately, the LAST home for real Mets fans...outside of our REAL homes from which we will be watching most if not all Met games for the rest of our lives.
But back to the auction. The first items up for bid are kind of a hodge-podge of random things around the stadium. Here's a bathroom door sign
. Only $185.
No interest? OK, here's a 1991 Yearbook cover
for only $250.
Already got one? OK how about the letter "S" from the top of Shea Stadium
, for $2,500. But hold on Vanna White. There are two "S''s up there. Which one am I buying? Wouldn't the Shea "S" be more expensive than the Stadium "S"? Get me PriceWaterHouse Coopers, assuming they're still in business.
But speaking of not still in business, this has to be the most ridiculous item on the block:
Who would pay $1,375 for this? Hank Greenberg, maybe. But given that the U.S. government paid $85 billion to bail out AIG, doesn't Uncle Sam technically own this sign?
And since my tax dollars are supporting the current bailout, don't I technically own this sign?
In fact, I was told the cost of the giant bailout/rescue plan per American family was roughly $2,300. That means, I already paid for this sign...and then some. Therefore, Mets organization, please send me my AIG outfield sign and a check for $925.
Unless you got some more cool bathroom signs.