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Sign of the Day: even New York hates the Mets

Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

I have yet to see it, but several readers have told me that there are ads on New York subways for a storage company that read “Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?”

1. That seems harsh even for a hardcore Mets hater like me; and

2. Anyone who rides the subway and has a smart phone: please send me a pic, OK?

  1. oldtimefamilybaseball - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Found this one:

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    What can you say? The truth hurts.

  3. High Pockets - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    I wish I hadn’t thought of it because it’s more funny to make fun of the Mets, but could it be referring to the Metropolitan museums?

    • High Pockets - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Is there even more than one Metropolitan museum would probably be the better question.

    • tomemos - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      It’s definitely talking about the Mets, otherwise it’s a non-sequitur.

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    New York hates the Braves, not the Mets, Craig yo so crazy……….

  5. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Didn’t know that New York had pulled a Jacksonville and expanded into New Jersey. Anschluss und Liebensraum, boys.

    • alexpoterack - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      That’s Lebensraum; Liebensraum is “love space”

      • Old Gator - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:54 PM

        Heh, yeah, thanks for the correction. High school German has its limitations when recalled while high on Viagra….

    • BC - Mar 9, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      No, the Mets are in the process of annexing Greenwich County in Connecticut. They figure the tax revenue will help bail them out. Meanwhile Greenwich County residents are lining I-95 and the Merritt Parkway armed with tax attorneys and manicurists, ready to stab the eyes out of anyone attempting to cross state lines. It’s going to be a bloody battle.
      That is, unless they have a case of Yuengling bound for my residence. Governor Malloy has granted special dispensation, provided I split the case with him. Hey, I can be bribed….

      • ltzep75 - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        by “split the case” do you mean “give malloy 23 beers and keep one for yourself”?

  6. monsieurbear - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Why waste your breath (or typing) hating a team that won’t be any threat to your faves for the foreseeable future?

  7. machomaniac - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    It’s popular to hate the mets, even though I bet all the real baseball fans in new york are mets fans and the majority of yank fans are band wagon

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      Well, you have that EXACTLY reversed.

  8. arrabin56 - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    I only find it insulting in that it either suggests the Islanders are a professional sports team or it recognizes the WNBA.

    • BC - Mar 9, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      The Islanders still exist?

    • heynerdlinger - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM


      No need to branch out to Strong Island.

      • jkcalhoun - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:55 AM

        Seems like you mixed in a bit of The Greater Metropolitan Area as it is — as the Nets are still the New Jersey Nets until they land in Brooklyn.

  9. florida76 - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Don’t live in New York, but would guess the lack of on field success plays a role. With only two world titles in a half century of existence, that’s a disappointment. Even worse, no world titles since 1986, and since the game’s economics began tilting heavily in the favor of the big markets from the mid 90s onward.

    In total, four pennants for the Mets in their entire existence. Better than teams like the Astros, Padres, San Fran Giants, Mariners, Angels, etc. , but disappointing when playing in the same city as the Yanks.

  10. alexpoterack - Mar 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    It’s the same storage company that ran this ad:

    …so, yeah, making fun of the Mets is nothing for them

    • b7p19 - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      Who are these guys? Pure PR genious.

    • Old Gator - Mar 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      Oh boy, that’s a great ad. On multiple levels. Brilliant. Those guys should be designing CD covers for the Firesign Theater.

    • Old Gator - Mar 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      Oh boy, that’s a great ad. On multiple levels. Brilliant. Those guys should be designing CD covers for the Firesign Theater.

    • mattraw - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      Yep, just do an image search for “Manhattan Mini Storage,” they’ve got quite a track record for tapping into the pinko zeitgeist. This Mets one is just icing on the cake for me.

  11. BC - Mar 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Hey, what the hell. Pile on. We suck. We’re going to suck for the next 4 or 5 years at least. I’ve become immune to and in some ways am amused by it.
    Glad my cable system added SportsChannel NY just as the Mets approach their suckitude peak.

    • Old Gator - Mar 9, 2011 at 10:01 PM

      Aww, don’t go all stoical on me now….

  12. johnwillumsen - Mar 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    In case confusion remains, there is more than one Metropolitan artistic institution, if you want to throw in the opera as well, but no, it’s undoubtedly referring to the baseball club. But yeah, these folks are more than used to inviting controversy and tweaking certain segments of the population. Witness: What I would really like to know is if this is the sort of thing that would cause Mets fans to choose a different storage company. I know most of my fellow Yankee fans would poop themselves in righteous fury, boycott the place, and then scream about how Boston Sux. Or something.

    • johnwillumsen - Mar 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      Also, you can see the sign at this NY Times blog post:

  13. mrznyc - Mar 10, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    On a positive note: At least the Mets actually play in the city of New York. There is no way the clown act known as The Wilpons can ever dig themselves out from under the pile of debt they’ve incurred – All of New York anxiously awaits their departure.

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