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The Mets can’t win at home. So they switched up lunch and dinner.

Apr 8, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal has a story on the Mets’ woes at home, where they lose way more often than they lose on the road. He spoke to several Mets about it and no one had any definitive reason for why they do so much worse at Citi Field, but the team is nonetheless trying to figure it out. ¬†And they did one new thing this year they hope helps:

In the past, the team would provide a light meal and snacks when the players arrived to work, consisting of salad and sandwiches. Then a larger meal, more akin to dinner, was served after batting practice, which ends about two hours before a 7:10 p.m. game.

After consulting the team nutritionist, they reversed the menu this year, with the heavier food coming out before batting practice.

That’s designed to track how the team eats on the road, with the heavier meal earlier since they take later batting practice.

If that doesn’t work, I suggest brinner each night. Seriously: pancakes and bacon at around 5pm. We do this in my house every couple of weeks and it’s the best thing ever.

  1. dwrek5 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    3 words… Breakfast for dinner!

    • rollinghighwayblues - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      No, that’s one word according to Ihop, “brinner”.

  2. hk62 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Eggs are protein bombs and bacon should be eaten at every meal – just because its bacon. But even that isn’t going to help the Mets. (making me hungry though).

  3. chill1184 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Since someone brought up pancakes I really like the cheesecake pancakes they serve at Ihop, very addicting food.

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Perfect!! Here come the playoffs!!

    • renaado - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Let me join in the Crusade !

  5. nymets4ever - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    The Mets players would benefit from more enthusiasm by the fans. Enough with those stupid “Sell the team” chants that won’t change a damn thing anyway. Come on, let’s support our boys out there! Let’s pack Citi Field in blue and orange every night and make sure everyone knows that this is the home of the New York Mets. The 7 Line, a group of diehard Mets fans of which I’m proud to be a member, does yeoman’s work with this, but more is needed.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Sort of like the fans of the 1962-68 Mets, like me. It made 1969 that much sweeter.

    • Old Gator - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Yeah, like they need new ownership committed to winning, and fewer bunghole fans committed to embarrassing the rest of them by being a public jackwagon on a daily basis.

    • sdelmonte - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Finally, someone else who thinks this way. Alas, I can never find a good Sunday to abandon my wife and get to the game.

      • apkyletexas - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        Yes. As always, it is the fans’ fault that the team isn’t very good.

        Maybe if they just raise ticket prices, then all those “bad” fans won’t be able to afford to come to the games…

  6. jimeejohnson - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Only Americans eat at 5PM. The rest of the world eats well past 7, and in Europe it is not uncommon to find patrons entering restaurants after 11PM. No wonder they need a “siesta” the next afternoon.

    • ditto65 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      We have to eat at 5 so we can get to our second job.

      • chiadam - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        USA! USA! USA!

  7. thebadguyswon - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    There’s some other ingredients in the Mets buffet missing as well. They might want to add filet du leadoff hitter some time with a side of 40-homerun power in the four spot.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      You’re makin’ me hungry (for some real talent).

  8. sdelmonte - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    The NYC home field conundrum isn’t just the Mets. The Giants and Knicks seem to struggle at home and thrive on the road as well. Is there some strange pressure on these teams at home? I can’t imagine that the Giants would be affected by negative fans or the media when the goodwill towards them is immense and has been for years.

    And of course the Nets are a juggernaut at home and the Yankees seem fine. Though I think the pressure on the Yanks is the same everywhere, even without the Boss watching over their shoulders.

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