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Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on November 30 at 7:37PM
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The Mets made a couple signings this evening, according to published reports.

Although I am trying to forget most of 2009, I remember liking the grit of Alex Cora, who played through some painful hand injuries. He will make a worthy addition to Citi Field's "Aged and Anonymous Infield Hall of Fame" along with Jose Valentin, Mike Bordick, Frank Tavarez and many other guys I can't remember.

The Mets also signed 36-year-old catching backup Chris Coste. Here are the details:

Veteran infielder Alex Cora and the Mets agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal on Monday, according to two people familiar with the negotiations said The Associated Press.

Cora's contract includes a vesting option for a second season with the Mets, which becomes guaranteed if he has about 80 starts next season, according to the AP.

Thumb injuries on both hands limited Cora to 82 games -- 56 coming at shortstop -- this past season, when he batted .251 with a .320 on-base percentage and 18 RBIs.

The left-handed hitter sports a career .246 batting average in 12 seasons in the big leagues. Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, is mostly a middle infielder, but he has also played sparingly at third base.

Meanwhile, the Mets signed catcher Chris Coste to a contract that guarantees him a spot on the 40-man roster, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) reported on Monday.

Coste, a Fargo native, told the newspaper that the contract guarantees that he'll be on the 40-man roster but that he's not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster.

The 36-year-old hit .224 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 88 games with the Phillies and Astros last year. In four Major League seasons, Coste is a .272 hitter with 23 home runs and 108 RBIs in 299 games.




[December 1, 2009 7:54 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

With Dec 4th only a few days away, I dont know if the signings of Cora & "What's His Name" will be enough to get Season Ticket Holders to renew. Maybe its me but I would give this group of ticket holders the MOST time to get their money in, not the least. Maybe Fred needs their money to sign Big Name Players, we shall see.

[December 1, 2009 12:44 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

Agreed. Still, there are few if any big name players that get me excited this off-season.


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Filed under: Baseball | Mets | Tickets
by Kingman on November 30 at 9:09AM
It may be the end of November but the Mets still find ways to lose.

This time it's in the stores. The New York Times did an amusing piece this weekend about how sales were on Black Friday at the Mets and Yankees clubhouses.

Of course, the Spankees store did great business. No surprise as they just won the World Series, which opens up a wonderful and lucrative memorabilia marketplace.

The Mets new replica uniforms did not sell well and given the rough economy, the team may take a beating this holiday season...especially if they don't get creative. Met fans are less likely than ever to part with their cash. The end of this NYT piece says it all:

Of course, that has not stopped teams like the Mets and the Yankees from introducing merchandise. The Mets, for instance, unveiled new retro jerseys Friday, ones similar to those worn by the players on the 1969 championship team wore.

The home uniform tops, which the players will wear next season, include pinstripes against a light cream background, similar to those the team wore starting in 1962, when the Mets set a modern-day record for losses in a season.

There were no signs, however, to announce the arrival of the new uniform tops lined up against the wall at the Mets Clubhouse store. The jerseys, which have embroidered lettering and are made with a finer material, cost $266, nearly three times the cost of other replica jerseys.

The retro jerseys sparked a debate among fans on various Mets-related blogs. Some thought the team should focus more on improving the team and less on marketing. Others thought that the jerseys were an effort to make fans feel good just as they receive their season-ticket renewal notices.

In any case, $266 was too pricey for Ben Testa, a Mets fan who stopped in the store on his way to work. Testa asked an employee how many of the new jerseys he had sold so far. None, he was told, as of midafternoon Friday.

Testa said he might have bought a jersey if it were less expensive, but said he was not in the mood to spend a lot on the Mets anyway. He was annoyed by the team's performance the past three seasons and planned to give up his season tickets, which he has had since 1985.

The jerseys are "all about marketing," he said.

"It's no coincidence that they came out on Black Friday," Testa said. "They know they're going to take a hit with ticket renewals."






[November 30, 2009 7:09 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Now with the Promenade Club opened to anyone in the 400 section, (Doug's Post), thats just a slap in the face to club ticket holders. It costs on average $25 more for a club seat and all your getting now is a better view. I'd be really pissed knowing that people sitting right across the row (Sect. 424) are paying $25 less than those sitting in 423. Way to go METS!!!

[November 30, 2009 8:03 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

Is it bad that as a Mets fan, I get satisfaction out of a story like this where the new jerseys aren't selling? This is in far contrast to the $20 jerseys I got at Modell's last year.

[December 1, 2009 12:42 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

It's not bad at all. But those jerseys do look cool.

[December 3, 2009 7:31 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Doug said

Paul,

If you have a Prom Club ticket, the seas have been parted, and you can enter the Caesar Club now.... Not sure if they threw Acela Club access in there, too.

In a nut shell, everyone who had access to a Club last year, got access to MORE clubs this year.

Cheers!
-Doug


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Set your DVR's or your overstuffed butts down on the couch at 10:00 PM ET Thanksgiving night for "Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City" on ABC.

What is it?

Forty-four years ago, four kids from Liverpool performed what was then the largest, highest grossing rock concert ever--the Beatles Live at Shea Stadium.

In the summer of 2009, Paul McCartney did it again, performing at Shea's former site, New York's Citi Field in Queens, NY. ABC will bring viewers this dazzling concert in which he performs Beatles, Wings and solo classics.

Culled from nearly three hours of music and video, the program is an emotional journey through his legendary 50-year musical career and includes footage of the original Beatles concert at Shea. McCartney also talks candidly about those early days and what it was like to return to a place where he performed at the height of Beatlemania.


On behalf of all the fans, ushers and vendors here in Loge13, Happy Thanksgiving.


[November 25, 2009 3:30 PM]  |  link  |  reply
chris said

I was at one of the shows--he was great.

[November 29, 2009 10:19 AM]  |  link  |  reply
ann said

will it be aired again?


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The partial plan letters are in the mail. Some folks have already received them.

We Loge13 refugees are looking to move our Citi seats. From the comments, sounds like many of y'all are too. Paul wrote yesterday:

"Got my 15 Game Plan Invoice the other day and it DID change. Its now called the Saturday-Plus Plan. And it DID go down in price a whole FOURTEEN DOLLARS!!!! However, since parking is going up a buck to $19 and its a 15 Game Plan, thats a total net increase of $1. Called the Mets yesterday, to tell them that
1) The same seats (Promenade Box 430) are unacceptable.
2) The plan with weekdays throw in was unacceptable.
3) I will NOT be renewing if changes can not be made.
They told me to call back next week to see what can be done.
I suggest, if your not happy, you try the same.
Finally, I wish ALL you LOGE 13'ers and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll lets you know what happens
"

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Paul. Let us know what happens and we'll do the same. 


[November 25, 2009 10:59 AM]  |  link  |  reply
RonOK said

I am in FL right now and renewal will go to NJ ... I am in Prom Box, Sect 432, Row 1 and they are horrible seats with that ribon board in front and no view of LF and CF .... I have three unused sets of tkts from 2009 .... I am returning them, asking for a refund and letting the Mets know that as long as a moron is their VP of Baseball Ops, I am not a customer. I love the Mets but they are run like a second rate org and their rsults are pathetic .... even withoutthe injuries, this was at best a 3rd place team .... DirecTV for me in 2010 ....

[November 25, 2009 1:09 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

Thanks for the update, Ron. You are not alone. The Mets ticket office must be under siege right now. They are going to have to get creative with their fan base or risk having alot of empty seats in 2010.

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chris said

I called as well and asked about better seats (I am prom box 431, 15 game plan). My impression was they were lying (they said no one was canceling when I asked) and said there was very little chance of getting better seats for the 15 game plans. They could not care less about the partial plan holders. I can't see how this team will be any better next year. There are gaping holes in almost every area of the roster.

[November 25, 2009 4:37 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Rob said

Got my invoices for my partial plans. I had Sat sect 339 and weekend 501, row 1 right in front of the glass. I think I am going to keep a plan but go as cheap as possible this year. If past actions are a good predictor, I think the Mets will offer more attractive plans later in the offseason or the beginning of the year when they realise there will be a lot of empty seats. I do not see them bending over backwards to keep us happy. Sorry for the pessimism but I am a Mets fan!

[November 25, 2009 7:52 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

the group that I'm for full season tickets got the invoice. our "leader" (the guy who actually gets the invoice and tickets) outlined a couple of reasons why NOT to continue, and almost all of us have voted to discontinue. same reasons as above. I just don't get the feeling that as many people will voice their displeasue directly to the Mets as we hope, so it won't be as loud a message as we want.

I say that if you're unhappy, let them know. this week may not be a good week for that with vacations.

parking up to $19? jeez. that's criminal.

[November 28, 2009 2:50 PM]  |  link  |  reply
James Gerboals said

I am also in section 432 Row 3 for the weekday plan. I am so upset that they haven't opened up other seating in the ballpark for the partial planners. Especially after the major disappointments this season. I think the video apology was a very bad way to say thank you to the Mets fans. We need better customer support and why aren't we assigned reps. Since my guy left this past year I haven't been assigned anyone new.

[November 30, 2009 8:38 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Doug said

I was away for XG. Got my letters in the mail.

I am most certain that I will be renewing. (I have seats in 514 and 405).

FWIW, if you have 400 level seating, that gets you access to the Promenade Club this year. The Mets opened up the clubs because - surprise surprise - nobody was in them.

The only folks who will not have access to a Club will be those with 500 level seating.

The Mets have not, as of yet, opened up additional seating areas for 15-game plans.

Cheers!
-Doug


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Filed under: Baseball | History | Mets
by Kingman on November 24 at 11:44AM
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Another step in the right direction - The Mets are bringing back the pinstripes.

The Mets put out a press release today detailing their new home uniforms. Unfortunately the all white uniforms and the black jerseys are still with us.

Here's the release:

FLUSHING, N.Y. - The New York Mets today announced they will wear a new pinstripe home uniform next season inspired by the early years of the franchise. The design combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms. The Mets created the retro uniform following research and positive responses to the jerseys the 1969 World Champion Mets wore during their 40th anniversary celebration in August.

The natural color and pinstripes were staples of the original Mets uniform when the team debuted in 1962. The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniform at home with the black jerseys as an alternate.

The new pinstripe jerseys will go on sale this Friday, November 27 at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field and will kick off the store's special Thanksgiving Sale. The jersey will also be available the same day on Mets.com.





[November 24, 2009 1:01 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

My first thoughts were to agree with you Kong but now I really think this is just a marketing ploy, to sell more jerseys. It takes the uniform the Mets should be wearing and makes it a nostalgic wear.

Watch, in 2011 they will phase it out completely or only use for special games.

[November 24, 2009 9:21 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ross Jones said

I do hope the classic jersey sticks and quickly becomes the permanent home uniform. The Cardinals and Dodgers get it right. They stick to two classic home and away looks. They don't cheapen their brand with tacky black (third) uniformns. This is an instance where the Wilpons should imitate the refugees from Flatbush.

[November 25, 2009 7:46 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Got my 15 Game Plan Invoice the other day and it DID change. Its now called the Saturday-Plus Plan. And it DID go down in price a whole FOURTEEN DOLLARS!!!! However, since parking is going up a buck to $19 and its a 15 Game Plan, thats a total net increase of $1. Called the Mets yesterday, to tell them that
1) The same seats (Promenade Box 430) are unacceptable.
2) The plan with weekdays throw in was unacceptable.
3) I will NOT be renewing if changes can not be made.
They told me to call back next week to see what can be done.
I suggest, if your not happy, you try the same.
Finally, I wish ALL you LOGE 13'ers and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll lets you know what happens


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