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The Mets want “true New Yorkers” to sign an open letter of support

Apr 30, 2014, 10:35 AM EST

Big picture? This New York Mets “True New Yorker” thing is just outreach, marketing, fan service and the like. It’s a different spin than we’ve seen before, but it’s basically just “Nattitude” or “Red Sox Nation” or any other number of fan slogans/campaigns we’ve seen in the past.

Small, petty, fun picture? The suggestion that “True New Yorkers” are Mets fans is probably gonna make Yankees fans really mad. And I’m sure that, at least in some way, that was fully intended.

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  1. schmedley69 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    It’s probably another ponzi scheme.

    • octagoncito - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      How these guys were allowed to keep the team after robbing millions of dollars from investors and then run the team into the ground because of it is beyond me.

  2. 18thstreet - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t know — and I don’t care — about the others, but Ron Darling is from Hawaii. Is he allowed to be a True New Yorker?

    • cohnjusack - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Judging by my experience, most true New Yorkers are from Ohio and moved here to talk improv lessons while working part-time doing data entry.

  3. renaado - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    They sure are desperate attractin their old fan base back. But I wouldn’t worry about them when it’s about fans internationally though cause they sure have a lot of fans here, probably on par with the Yankees. ( Darn it… Am I the only Braves fan here?).

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    The Mets have absolutely no clue when it comes to trying to connect with their fan base.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      I’ve always enjoyed the Mets logo. The Brooklyn Bridge + a bunch of buildings in Manhattan (plus the Williamsburg bank building).

      The Mets of course play in deep Queens, very, very far away from all of the building and bridges in question. It’s though they want to deny where they actually play. To celebrate their actual location, I think their logo should be of the elevated 7 Train track with the depilated shacks of Willet’s Point in the background.

      Just take this image and superimpose METS over it: http://wirednewyork.com/wp/media/2009/08/willets-point-boulevard-4.jpg

      • pipkin42 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        The shacks have had all their hair removed? To be a fly on the wall of that aesthetician’s office…

      • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Oh hey, the chop shops! We wound up going through there last August because the douchebag cop directing traffic refused to let us into the parking lot (and then let in cars behind us).

      • yankeesfanlen - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Kevin, don’t go to Shea (unless it’s an interleague with the New York team)

      • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        I actually enjoy Citi Field much more than that soulless corporate amusement park they put in the Bronx. And it was Scherzer-Harvey, of course I was going to go.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        Man, look at how that stadium really brought economic development along with it.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        The stadium celebrates all the Mets’ great moments too with it’s architectural nods to the Polo Grounds, the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, etc.

      • mj2sexay - May 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        I demand to know how this comment isn’t universally loved. There were actually 15 Met fans out there that had the capacity to get onto the internet and vote this down?

  5. xdj511 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Well this morning the Mets and Yankees have identical 15-11 records. But only the Mets put out a letter signed by some of their all-time greats that I’ve read through three times already and still have absolutely no idea what message it’s trying to convey.

    Advantage: Mets.

    • johnnysoda - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      I think it’s either true New Yorkers are Mets fans, or if you happen to be a true New Yorker, you can sign this.

      And, apparently, we have awesome fans.

  6. nbjays - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Nope, this shouldn’t provoke a response from ANY Yankees fans…

    /sarcasm

  7. sdelmonte - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    True New Yorkers are fans of the Met. The museum or the opera, take your pick.

    (For every sports fan here, there is a New Yorker who couldn’t care less. It’s part of what I love about this town.)

    • stex52 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Super museum. Enjoyed every minute I spent in it. They still send my membership invitations down here in Houston. If I visited New York more than once every three to five years I would join in a heartbeat.

  8. shanabartels - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    True New Yorkers are supposed to be fans of a newfangled team that didn’t exist when our parents were young and had already formed loyalties to the team that had been around for generations?

    On that note, I still don’t understand how the Nats, for example, managed to carve out a fan base in O’s territory. Did any serious baseball fan in that region just suddenly decide they didn’t care about being an Orioles fan anymore because a new team came to town?

    Like, if New Jersey suddenly got a Major League team, it wouldn’t matter to me. I was born and raised in NJ. But the idea of becoming anything other than a Yankees fan is impossible to me.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      I know a lot of people in the DC area who refused to root for the Os because Peter Angelos was the reason Washington didn’t have a baseball team.

    • stex52 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      I have known fans who go the other way. They become fans of the team is where they happen to live. Everybody gets to be a fan in his/her own way.

      • stex52 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        “Team that is”

    • rayswhitesuit - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      The Mets out-drew the Yankees in the 60s AND the 80s… you forget NY had TWO National League teams, and that was the fan base the Mets directly tapped into upon the birth of the franchise. I’m a Mets fan because my Uncle was a Giants fan and hated American League baseball.

      • jwbiii - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        And the Mets tried to tap into those fanbases from day one: Look their logo. Dodger blue and Giants orange.

      • shanabartels - May 1, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I didn’t “forget” that. I am well aware that the Mets aimed to capitalize on the former fan bases of the departed Dodgers and Giants. Let’s just say that nobody in my family was ever in danger of becoming a Mets fan.

  9. unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Problem is, “true New Yorkers” don’t sign anything. They won’t give you the time of day. They’re too busy building up their internal narcissistic defenses against the constant feedback telling them that they are small and interchangeable parts of the whole. That if they disappeared tomorrow, it would take weeks or even months for anyone to even realize they were missing.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Ooooohhh. It won’t just be the thumb harpie coming after you for that one.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        told ja youse was in big trouble!

    • indaburg - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Twinsfan is right. I regret that I only have but one thumb down to give that statement.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        And I regret that living through your time in New York has deprived you of a thumb. But at least you made it to a better place.

        If it was your right hand that got de-thumb-itated, you would always have to hitch-hike backhanded with your left thumb. Think about it.

      • indaburg - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        It did not deprive me of my middle fingers, currently proudly saluting you. :-)

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        I’m always happy to be saluted by a lady.

      • indaburg - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Lady? So sorry to disappoint.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        But you were just giving me ladyfingers!

  10. barrywhererufrom - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Let see true new Yorkers abandon their teams when they suck..like the Mutts..Fred Wilpon acted like a true criminal with use of the Madoff ponzi money to finance citi field. The Mets rightfully have an inferiority complex to the Yankees. They traded their best player in their history Tom Seaver. The best thing the current collection of losers has going for them is their pitching. Kind of sucks when your best guy just had TJ surgery..

  11. chip56 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    It’s funny that the Mets would run this promotion – considering that their owner is more of a Dodger fan than a Met fan himself and that Citi Field was built to pay homage to Ebbets Field.

  12. godsmacked1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Maybe the Mets saw Craig’s post last week about the map by zip code of fan loyalty that showed only 35%(?) of the Tri-State area considers themselves Mets fans. I guess too many years have gone by to expect the Brooklyn Dodgers/NY Giants fan base that once existed to still hate the Yanks.

  13. moogro - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Mets trolling Yankees. “Truth” “Earn” “Real”. That’ll hit them in the mind. But they missed out on manly strength, American spirit, real, pride, F-35s, strong, father, emotion, troops, tradition.

  14. tcostant - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I liked when they did “Catch the rising star” better…

  15. drewsylvania - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Is this like True Scotsmen? Or the True Mayhem?

    • bbk1000 - May 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Weren’t those a couple of pro wrestling tag teams?

  16. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    If the Mets want to send out letters in hopes of helping the team, perhaps they should just send one to Stephen Drew or some other free agents, offering them money to play baseball. Ownership has done little to avoid the perception that they are tanking on purpose. Why should fans pay to see that?

    • American of African Descent - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Or they could save their money and draft pick instead of spending it on a very average shortstop with a bad attitude.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Average would be a pretty big SS upgrade for the Mets. Money should be no problem for the Mets. Drew is better than a draft pick. I have never heard anyone complain about Drew’s attitude.

  17. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Yankees fans are sell outs. Just like the squad.

  18. dcarroll73 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    No Yankee fan is going to get angry about this extremely lame and stupid letter. It is more like amusement at a dolt kid brother who is always doing some stunt to get attention. Nice try, pipsqueak.

  19. mrznyc - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    The Wilpons seem to do everything in their power to make it difficult to be a Mets fan – Drippy promotions such as this are only the latest in a long line of inane attempts to lure you to their merchandise mart of a stadium – Their advertising promises you, not baseball but a team mascot – Their stadium is designed with every inducement to forget the game and get out of your seat and spend money – In addition to being criminals, the Wilpons have been a disaster as owners. There are plenty of pathetic owners of sports teams in this country, but the Wilpons have to be near the bottom.

  20. ballparkprints - May 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Reblogged this on ballparkprints.com.

  21. jkcalhoun - May 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Dear Mets:

    As you recall, we broke up on June 15, 1977. I’m returning your letter unsigned and unread.

    Signed,
    A longtime ex-fan

  22. bbk1000 - May 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    As a life long Mets fan I’m so tired of this team.

    This stupid letter…..the renting out of their parking lot during the season…just a joke.

    I’m also tired of hearing about all the money into the team in past years….it appears they only put money into the team when they blindly thought they were getting 15% return back from Madoff.

    Just an embarrassment of a franchise, especially recently.

    If it wasn’t for the fact my dad also made me a football Giants fan I’d probably slap him around right now….

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