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Idiotic Mets do idiotic Mets thing, send ‘loyalty oath’ letter to fans (photo)


The New York Mets got off to a great start in April, going 15-11 and ending the month winning seven of ten games.

So, how better to draw attention to the somewhat surprising start and give fans reason for hope in the future? By sending a letter to fans demanding their loyalty to the team, of course.


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The so-called “loyalty letter” is signed by former Mets greats  Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Cleon Jones, Ed Charles, Jerry Koosman, and Doc Gooden and is addressed “To True New Yorkers.”  In it, fans are informed that only by showing up at the ballpark and supporting the team through thick and thin will Mets players truly realize their potential.

Fans are asked to add their name to the letter to profess their loyalty. The crux of the argument and theme of the letter is summarized in the following passage:

“As players, we can tell you that what happens in the clubhouse and what happens in the stands — players and fans together, believing in each other — makes a tremendous difference with what happens on the field.”

You see, the Mets are disappointed fans aren’t properly rewarding the team by packing Citi Field.

In a scathing column scathing the idiocy of the letter, the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro reacts to the letter as follows:

Attendance has dwindled every year since 2009, when a smaller ballpark maxed out season seating at around 3.4 million. You know why? Because the Mets are one of two teams — the barely Quad-A Astros being the other — who have had losing seasons in every one of those years.

And you know something else?

The Mets still drew over 2.1 million people to Citi Field in 2013, to watch a team that didn’t spend a day in first place after April 4, didn’t spend a day over .500 after April 24, was never closer than 10 games out in the NL East after June 1.

As one 15-year season-ticket holder emailed me: “Tone deaf, tone blind, tone dumb. Emphasis on dumb.”

Just another example of the Mets being the Mets, I suppose. Sigh.