Yesterday, I wrote about how I don’t know what option I will use to buy tickets to Mets game this season now that I have dropped my 40-game plan. Then, last night @nickschiavo on Twitter pointed out the Mets now have a “Select-A-Seat” option on Mets.com.
In years past, when buying tickets from the Mets, you’d only be able to choose a price point or “Best Available”. Now with this new option you can select your section, row and even seat number.
First, you can select where you’d like to sit by clicking on an available section…
…or, you can use the menu on the left side of the screen to select number of people you want to sit with and price point.
Once you decide on a section, you are immediately told the seating availability.
You are then prompted to select what seat you want to sit in. Seats that are already sold are faded and available seats are bold (very much like selecting your seat on a flight).
Once you click on a seat, the price is shown and the seat is added to your cart. You can then either select another seat or checkout.
This is an excellent feature added by the Mets this season. Many times I like to sit in Row 1 and when I attend games with my dad he only sits on the aisle. With this new feature you can get all the best features of buying on StubHub, while getting the tickets directly from the team.
Friday August 1st is Irish Heritage Night at Citi Field. Performances will begin on-field at 6:30pm. Although it is a “Free Shirt Friday”, those who purchase tickets in the Big Apple Reserve through a special offer on Mets.com will also receive this Mr. Met leprechaun shirt.
Click here to buy tickets.
Baseball season is right around the coner and the emails and letters I am receiving from “Dillon Gee” are escalating - I guess that’s what happens when you don’t renew a 40-game plan. I will still be attending as many Mets games as I can, but with no All-Star Game to drive me to the Mets box office I am wondering what means I will use to buy tickets. I guess I have three options: Mets.com, StubHub or go to McFaddens before the game and hope folks are giving their extras away.
I know I will use Mets.com for certain games this season. There will be special group giveaways that are only available in a given section - for those I will use Mets.com. But why would I deal with the handling fee, convenience fee, printing fee, ponzi fee, etc. It may just b easier to go to StubHub.
If I go to StubHub I can shop for the best price in the area I want to sit in. And let’s face it, if the Mets aren’t near their new 90-win mantra, I can get in the building during August and September for under $5. Plus I can always choose the exact seat I want to sit in.
McFaddens is a little more tricky. Although the cheaper option, I’m usually attending games with at least one other person - so the chance of finding two is obviously harder than one. Granted there is always the safety net of buying at the Citi Field box office, but then I’m paying more again.
Sandy Alderson says I need to buy tickets from the team for them to go buy players. It doesn’t work that way. Baseball at is face value is an entertainment business. If other entertainment businesses (for example Broadway shows) were to say if people were to buy tickets we’ll cast better actors, we’d call them insane. Why is that not the case in baseball? If you build it, we will come. As a gluten for punishment, I will be coming anyway - no matter what ticket purchasing method I use.
Here are the jersey the U.S.A. and Futures teams will wear when they take the field at Target Field in Minnesota this summer. I expect the MLB All-Star BPs to be the same color scheme as these.
These jerseys will be available for sale on Monday.
There were no workouts to watch today in Port St. Lucie as the Mets took on the Mets in an intersquad game at Tradition Field. It was mainly players slated for the minor leagues, but it was still great to be at a ballpark watching live baseball.
The first thing I noticed was the same Ralph Kiner patch that players are wearing on their jersey was painted behind homeplate.
Soon after we arrived at the park it was time for first pitch and baseball was once again underway for the Mets.
Dillon Gee got the start for the Mets 2 team. He had some issues in the first surrendering a home run, but settled down thoughout his two innings of work.
The highlight of the day was Noah Syndergaard’s two innings. He struck out 5 and surrendered one run.
Towards the end of the game the big league guys showed up to catch the end of the action - even David Wright was in attendance.
Grapefruit play kicks off tomorrow for the Mets as they take on the Nationals. I will recap more of this game and preview tomorrow’s action in Episode #1 of the Brocast Podcast tomorrow morning.
In the previous years of Sandy Alderson’s regime, the goal coming out of Spring Training has always been to be “competitive” or play meaningful games in September.
Obviously the latter hasn’t happened yet, and the former only occurred during the first half of the 2012 season. Yet, as the Mets are hopefully beginning to move away from the lean years, Alderson has pulled no punches telling The Daily News yesterday that he thinks the Mets can win 90 games (no that’s not a typo).
Instead of hoping to reach .500 or stay in the Wild Card race, Alderson went straight for the jugular. 90 wins likely puts the Mets a game or two out of the division and definitely in a Wild Card spot. So does that mean not reaching the postseason will be considered a failure?
Fred Wilpon backed up Alderson’s comments by saying, “We better win 90.” Better? BETTER? The Mets haven’t won 90 games since 2006.
Either Alderson and Wilpon know something the rest of us don’t or they are enjoying trees in Florida other than the palms.
Today was my second day in Port St. Lucie and my first full day. I arrived at Tradition Field at 9:30am when the gates opened and got right to work. I headed over to the main field where the entire team was getting ready to stretch.
The first thing I noticed was the “Dominican Mafia” with Jose Valverde leading the other young Dominican pitchers.
Then I saw David Wright talking with Terry Collins.
There was even a Matt Harvey sighting.
During the stretches I thought it was great that Travis d’Arnaud was working on receiving pitches with the younger catchers.
Then Jeff Wilpon emerged to watch the beginning of workouts and talked with Jay Horwitz.
After the strecthing, Wright and Curtis Granderson were leading the base running drills.
The players then headed back into the lockeroom to change into their uniforms to take the field. Granderson and Chris Young sat in the dugout as they waited their turn to face live pitching.
I was able to catch Zack Wheeler’s simulated inning - he was throwing gas. The only contact made was a soft fly ball to right hit by Cory Vaughn.
I then headed over to the batting cages where players were taking cuts.
In the opposite cage, Daniel Murphy and Granderson were working with each other hitting off a tee.
I said yesterday how great it was to just be walking around rubbing elbow swith the players. Here is Cory Mazzoni and Jack Leathersich after workouts walking right in front of me before I got their autographs.
Overall it was a great day at camp. I’ll be at workouts again tomorrow morning before the players face each other in an intersquad game around noon.
I arrived at my hotel in Port St. Lucie this morning around 11:30am. After a quick unpack I was ready to walk down to Tradition Field to catch today’s workouts.
This is my first time ever going to Spring Training, so I didn’t know exactly where to go. I came to the front of Tradition Field and asked a security guard where to go. Then I noticed just behind him inside the gate of the media entrance was Noah Syndergaard doing a workout with some weighted balls.
I walked around the parking lot to the entrance of the workout fields - it was amazing. It looked like a Little League complex with fields as far as the eye can see. I walked to the middle and saw some batting practice going on. I went to the closest fence I saw in right field and immediately saw the Mets prized off-season acquisition, Curtis Granderson.
They finished soon after I got there so I walked over to an adjacent field where more players were taking BP. I hung out on the outfield fence again next to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. When they finished I hung around as the players walked off. Terry Collins walked by me and I yelled out, “Hey Terry, how’s the team looking?” He simply replied, “Looking good.”
Since workouts for the day were over I started to make my way back to the front gate of Tradition Field to hit the team store. While walking out I caught a sight no Mets fan wants to see - Lucas Duda getting some outfield work in.
Even though I was only there for about a half hour the experience was awesome. I couldn’t believe that I was there. Just walking around you were bumping elbows with players and coaches. They were clearly tired from a day of workouts but still stopped to sign any autographs they could. I can’t wait to get back tomorrow for the full day’s slate.
I am taking off for Port St. Lucie tomorrow morning at 6am. I’ll be down there for workouts the rest of the week and there for both games Friday and Saturday. I thought Friday morning would be a great time for my first podcast episode.
As some of you may or may not know, I will be doing a Mets-centric podcast this season as an added dimension to the blog. The plan is to run an episode or two every week during Spring Training and once the regular season begins I will switch over to a daily podcast. It will be the only daily Mets podcast out there.
One aspect I’m excited about for the show is the fan interaction. At the beginning, I will be doing strictly a recorded show - eventually I’d like to do a live show, but that’s down the road. So for now, please send any questions or topics you would like answered or talked about for Friday’s podcast to me via Twitter (@METS_BRO) or email (email@example.com).
On Saturday night I spoke with Dennis for his podcast apply entitled "Dennis Has A Podcast". We covered many topics ranging from video games, the Knicks, the Mets, Islanders vs. Rangers, my blog and of course my new podcast set to start.
Click here to listen. Enjoy!
*If I can figure out how to embed the audio player I’ll put it here as well.