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Self Promotion

My last post actually reminded me of something.

The link below takes you to a list of Mets promotional dates for the 2009 season.
http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym

Notice something odd?

There is not one promotion related to the 40th anniversary of the 1969 team.

There have been a lot of complaints in the media and by fellow bloggers about the Mets failure to honor their history. I haven't seen any of them mention this.

Just for the heck of it, I looked up 3 teams celebrating anniversaries this year. The Athletics (1989), Tigers (1984) and Dodgers (1959) all have promotions related to celebrating past championships. Heck, the Pirates have a day in which they are commemorating the 100th anniversary of a championship, by giving away "1909 Honus Wagner" figurines.

The games of June 23, August 2 and August 22 are all listed as generic "Promotion" dates. Here's a few ideas for the Mets on what they could do for those dates, beyond the basics of the commemorative photo or baseball cards.

* 1969 Mets bobblehead day, in which fans can choose from three poses: Tommie Agee's snow-cone catch, Ron Swoboda's diving grab, or Cleon Jones last-out kneel-down.

*Turn Back The Clock Day. Dress your vendors and ticket takers in attire appropriate to 1969. Astronaut Neil Armstrong throwing out the first pitch. Play music from Woodstock.

* Shoe-Polish day. All fans receive a sample, in honor of one of the most significant plays of that season. Alternatively, all fans could receive smudged baseballs :)

It goes without saying that the next Mets Hall of Fame induction should be that of the entire 1969 team. That would make for an easy excuse to invite everyone from that squad back to New York. And of course, all black cats should be admitted free of charge.

Comments

DyHrdMET said…
good catch. But I heard the '54 Dodgers were all invited to a game later this year.

And if the Pirates had a 'Honus Wagner Baseball Card day/night', I'd be on a plane to Pittsburgh for that.

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