The Mets are asking fans to sign a petition in support of the team

The following letter was sent to Mets fans by e-mail asking for them to sign a petition in support of the team:

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Fans who sign the petition are entered for a chance to win two tickets to a Mets-Yankees game at Citi Field, and prior to the game they’ll have the opportunity to present the signed letter to the current Mets team.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I assume this has something to do with Curtis Granderson’s comment about “true New Yorkers being Mets fans,” especially since this surrounds the Subway Series, but I may be wrong. I don’t know the true intent of this initiative, so I’ll refrain from judging it from a marketing perspective.

In terms of baseball, I’ll say this: If the Mets want fans to show support of the team, i.e., be positive and go to games, winning and being entertaining will have a bigger impact than petitions. The Mets are on their way. They’re 15-11. I can only speak for myself, but I’m pretty excited about where this franchise is heading and why. I like how things are playing out, I like how they’ve been restructured, and I’m further encouraged knowing Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard aren’t even part of the team right now. The future is bright. I feel it and I think most other fans feel it as well, even if they wish it would get here faster than the current pace — all of which makes this #TrueNewYorker petition all the more confusing.

By the way, I’m born, raised and still live in Connecticut, so am I even allowed to sign it?




242 comments
Andrew Rochman
Andrew Rochman

Just sent the mets this reply email to the 2nd letter I got today from "John Franco"


To whom it may concern,


I am now 31 years old and have been a life long Mets Fan.  I have been with this team in the good times and the bad.  Since I don't live in New York it is hard to be able to see MY Mets in person, but I take on that financial burden anyway and see my team every year. As a matter of fact I am flying to NYC from Houston, TX to attend the May 24th & 26th games. This campaign you are running to declare myself a Mets fan is insulting to me as a life long fan.  You the ownership just don't get it. We are sick of the losing and not competing.  This is a slap in the face to me that I need to declare my love for the team because of some stupid letter campaign.  This is why the Mets and Mets fan are a laughing stock all around baseball.  How about putting forth more effort to having a winning team on the field, and making Citi Field feel more like the Mets home then a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers; then maybe you won't have to embarrass us again with this stupid campaign.


Sincerly,

Life long Mets Fan

Andrew Rochman

Houston, TX.


Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

When the Wilpons spend their money to put a better team on the field, I'll spend my money to go see them play. Simple as that. Don't beg/call out the people that support this group to try and get them to come out

stage52
stage52

Mets PR staff with too much time  their hands.

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

Just when I thought the Mets couldn't be more bush league ... they pull this crap. Embarrassing, but not surprising. 

Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

Another thing - as for "getting out to the ballpark" - I go to a few games a year. YES, in the past few years I have not been to the stadium as many times as I was in 06, 07, 08 when they were competing.


But, I've remained a fan. I refuse to pay for something that is not worth it's monetary value, and the team the Mets have fielded the past few years was NOT worth the face value. 


I plan on going to games. In all honesty, the weather has not helped. As a rule of thumb, I avoid the park in April and usually start going in May. But, I'm not going to the stadium and sitting in 40-degree weather (unless it's October.)

Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

I was actually very confused when I received this. Maybe it was because I glazed over it, but I couldn't understand the full motive. I thought it was maybe for charity or maybe it was a petition to break ground on the new mall.


When I finally dissected it, I realized what it was. This is a complete joke. Sign a petition to show how much of a "New Yorker" and Mets fan you are? I'm in advertising, so I'd like to think I know a thing or two about it. This is not a successful campaign. I'd like to meet the person that thought that challenging fans' allegiance to NY and the Mets would get people excited.


What this petition and note really said was "please come out to the ballpark for the subway series and don't let the Yankee fans take over our stadium." Simply, win games. If the Mets are competing come the Subway Series, the fans will come. 

Brian Krysz
Brian Krysz

How about we the fans start a petition to have the Wilons sell the team. It would be in the best interest of baseball and I am sure we can get more players to back us then the Mets did.

tbone1
tbone1

This team only mentions their past stars  when they need to exploit them for Public Relations. The rest of the time they are Dirt ! 

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

Mets got these players to sign a blank page then try to passed on that they are promoting it. thats a joke.  Look i know the Mest have a alumni group almost everyteam has something like it but really this is a joke to send out . Win games they will come you do not have to resort to this . If your not winning no letter will tip the scale for the fans to come and watch. Fans want a team that contends and has a fair chance of winning. Thats not too much to ask for.

Seth Opitz
Seth Opitz

After the past several years, I remain a Mets fan; do you have to ask?

mystere24
mystere24

The Mets are winning their share of games to start the season on the strength of their pitching and defense, which is encouraging to all of us and a confirmation of the Alderson approach to rebuild in the image of the SF Giants. Although pitching win games, power hitting and dominant pitching generates excitement -- power hitting as in Darryl Strawberry and dominant pitching as in Matt Harvey, and we don't have either. On the heals of 5 straight losing seasons, fans are understandably jaded and it will take more than a petition to get the magic back. The bottom line is winning, but exciting baseball is something else entirely. That will take time, two more stud hitters, one at shortstop, and a lockdown closer.

neon
neon

Are You Kidding me, you "New Yorkers"? Why do the complaints continue when the winning starts? Is this a statement of how your LIFE is going?

Do you have a problem with these "TEAMATES" patting a person on the back for a game winning hit? Have you had the time to congratulate a fellow worker on their success?

If you go out and see this team, you will see a hard working, very close group, just like you.

Semper Fi

Marinert

Wayne Labenda
Wayne Labenda

Front office lies about salary, will spend more only if fans show up and give them our money first, and now this petition. The players are not at fault, the organization stinks from the head down. Spend on a ss, get what you need now and don't wait until the trade deadline to see if the team is still doing ok. We are waiting for a ss next year as if Ramirez will leave the dodgers or the mets would offer anyone enough money to come. They increased last years budget by cutting ten million.

Management wants fans to support the team but they have no respect for the fans.

This petition is a joke.

Johnny C
Johnny C

Keith and Ron... You put your names on this??

NYISLES
NYISLES

I printed up a copy, and used it wipe my arse! When the Mets field a ML team I will give them my money. I will not waste my time/money watching Lucas Duda and Tejada!

Steven Gilchrist
Steven Gilchrist

Just one look at the bullpen and anyone can tell the Mets aren't commuted to winning.

archer41
archer41

Typical cheesy Mets.  No real surprise.  Just win already.


Michael Mancino
Michael Mancino

This is a litte weird. I live about 2 miles from Citi and try to hit about 10-20 games a year. Have partial season package thru work, freebies. You can't beg people to come back. The vitriolic hatred of Jeffy and Freddy has made it tough for borderline fans to come out. I know this firsthand as a friend who hit about 20 games with me a year says he will never step foot in the place again till they sell. Well, you k ow what, they are not selling, it is ther team and investment and the sooner everyone gets over that, relax a little, and just go to a few games, then the stands might fill. I am old enough to remember 1977-1983 when I used to go and Shea had 6k in it in June. Those, millennial friends and non Queens residents, were dark times.

Also, don't waste money on food. It won't cost you 200 if you have a few beers.

hashburry
hashburry

This PR department consists of a bunch of out of touch D-bags.

1craigswan
1craigswan

The whole True New Yorker was fun prior to the season but it is becoming played out. 

iamwilpon
iamwilpon

I don't mind Jay Horwitz playing PR, but does he have to do it in public? #DonaldSterling  Wow... just WOW! I have no words on how pathetic this is.

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

More goofy non-baseball nonsense from the Mets marketing department, like the perky college-ago duo that hawks tickets on TV.


Hey, Mets - want fans to gather in large numbers? Obtain real MLB players and win real MLB games. Everything else is just frosting.


The Mets' PR machine is desperately trying to point at everything is can, while hoping that easily swayed fans will forget the team's almost-nil chances to win a pennant and unwillingness to trade and sign stars. You an offer tickets and t-shirts all you want - nobody's buying tickets to watch Omar Quintanilla, Scott Rice, and Anthony Recker. This is an organization that's third in to two team race in NYC, and it's a designation that's richly deserved.

michael b mchugh
michael b mchugh

This is basically a contest for 2 tickets to subway series game. 

Not the best way to go about it. It lloks like the PR dept needs to be shaken up. Kinda like the front office does to the manager and coaches when the team does bad.

Tom Downing
Tom Downing

I heard they recently hired a new head of Marketing or Communications.  I heard Boomer and Carton this morning making fun of this.  I agree!  This is pathetic and embarrassing.  obviously, this organization knows their fan base is pissed and frustrated from all the lies.  Nice going Sandy!

Kenny Kirsch
Kenny Kirsch

As the Mets blog there should be some commentary around this petition. I know you work for the man but what are your thoughts on this? The Mets are continually asking us to spend a lot of money on season tickets. That equates to investing. When you buy something upfront without knowing what it's going to be you are essentially making an investment. I have made an investment year after year after year. Why, with the secondary market the way it is would I continue to make the investment with a team that is continually underperforming based on the ownerships long-term plan (whatever that is). I was blackmailed into buying season tickets last year so I could take my son to the All-Star game. It's getting to the point where unless there is a huge benefit to a season ticket holder (having Mr. Met come to my house for my cats birthday party is not the benefit I'm looking for:)) there is no reason why anyone should ever make the investment.

Martin Busch
Martin Busch

Count me in on the "sell the team" petition.

Randy Wilcox
Randy Wilcox

This is weird. It smacks of desperation, and the sad part is, if you're a Yankee (or Yankee fan), you're reading this and just laughing to yourself. BEGGING your fans for patience and support? Really?


If this were a one-team town, I wouldn't feel so self-conscious about this...but it's not. The Yankees have Yankee pride because their history is stacked with legendary names like Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, Berra....they have 13.5  times the number of World Championships as the Mets do; say what you will about Steinbrenner and his tactics, but he knew the truth: to play on the big stage that is New York, you'd better come loaded for bear. He did what had to be done. We derided his methods while at the same time fielding inferior teams that we were supposed to be proud of because they were products of our system, because we "played with more heart". Falling in love with those things is sweet, but you know what it gets you in New York? Second best, and after 50 years, a bunch of Met legends begging you to be supportive fans. To lift the current team to higher heights. To BELIEVE - or at least be loud, if we can't whole-heartedly guzzle the Kool-Aid.


Something all these players know - but are for some reason suppressing - is that the fans are only as dedicated to a team as the ownership is to building a quality franchise. This isn't "Major League"; teams don't win despite their front office's ineptitude or downright sabotage, it is a team effort in toto - from the GM's chair to the minor league dugouts, to the cheap seats in the upper decks to the mound at CitiField. A team is not just the 25 players in the dugout - it is a franchise that is determined to win, to take the steps necessary to win, and the fans that deserve that effort from not only the players, but the organization. THAT'S what creates fans and fosters devotion - not some half-considered plea from a few of our beloved champions.


Much respect to the players who have put their names and faces on the above document; we loved you in '69 and '86, and we love you now. But until the team management puts on the field rivals the ones you celebrated with in those two historic seasons, you have to forgive us if we're not ecstatic over a halfway-decent April after five soul-crushing years of sub-mediocrity. 

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

It's definitely a bit clumsy and confusing.  Odd that the PR department can't see that.

That said, basically they're acknowledging the importance of the fans.

If I received it, I'd sign it and hope the person who delivers it has fun.

bigdirty
bigdirty

its fun...i think its just a way to start a grass roots movement for the team. its time for people to get on the bandwagon. Create some interest. its a way to get back at that NYT article as to how overwhelmingly NYC supports the yankees (until the mets win).


I have to admit, i have seen a lot more people coming out as Mets fans than I can remeber, the Fan base is large but it has been in hiding. The amount of people who know they are 3-4 games over .500 is surprising. 


Best way to get fans ino the team is to win and lower ticket prices. The stadium had legit 30000 people at the stadium when the tea, dropped ticket prices to $3.50 - $19.50. That was terrific to see. 

Lita Smith-Mines
Lita Smith-Mines

What am I missing? What's the petition for? (Yes, I read it.)

Sal Vaglica
Sal Vaglica

How about ownership spends.some money ill sign that petition

hankincolo
hankincolo

Where's Tom Seaver?

Also, I want Gary to ask Ron and Keith if they enthusiastically put their names to this letter.

Regardless, I have no problem with this. It's baseball folks, it's a game, have fun with it.  

liman
liman

I boycotted the team from the day they traded away Seaver (and Kingman) until Opening Day under the new owners. That was very different.  The Wilpons are not recklessly indifferent to the franchise or the fans.  They have been trying to create the right team the old fashioned way. It's been frustrating but seems to be heading in the right direction. Dropping money on name players does not guarantee success (haven't we seen that)?   Having said this, that open letter is an embarrassment. We look pathetic. I 'd love to know if Darling and Hernandez had to have their arms twisted.

james dorsa
james dorsa

I will continue to boycott until the Wilpon's spend some money and get some better players. Spend the money and they will come. I am tired of hearing next year. I am not getting any younger and tired of the excuses.

Gary Westhoff
Gary Westhoff

I support the Wilpons. Very easy for fans to spend other people's money, and while doing so compromise the budget for the future.

Peter Ramirez
Peter Ramirez

There's one element to this that I think is highly influential in the Wilpons decision making process and worth mentioning. The Wilpons know that the Mets are going to start winning soon, and once they do, the fans will come flocking back to the seats. This will happen, despite all the money they refused to spend and the countless poor decisions they've made over the years, because winning cures everything. And therein lies the problem: what motivation do the Wilpons have to spend when they know once the team starts winning people will line up in droves?


Of course, you could argue it makes sense to spend because spending leads to winning and winning leads to profit, but it looks like they are content to wait for the winning to take place first. 

If fans truly wanted to boycott their ownership incompetence over the years, they should continue to boycott even when the team is winning. But that's a tough position to be in, as you would not be supporting the team's performance in order to get back at ownership. Still, that would be the one true way to hurt them.

This is really a fundamental issue in life in general: the short-term memory and fickleness of people. You could argue this pertains to Russia's actions in Ukraine, for instance. Though everyone is talking tough right now in terms of sanctions and international backlash, wait a few years and watch as many of these same countries and corporations begin to do business with them once again.

xplr
xplr

Peter Ramirez:  We cannot force the Wilpons to sell. (Apparently, the NBA can). You cannot force the Wilpons to spend. Most of us here really don't care if they think they can turn this team around. It's irrelevant to us what they think.


We are tired about being lied to. we are tired of seeing a substandard team in the greatest city in the country. We are sick of playing second fiddle to the other NY team. We choose not to go to games. We choose to legitimately criticize any moronic moves this team makes. 


I think this petition is a joke, and smacks of desperation. 

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

I signed a petition six months ago regarding texting and driving.  I have never done it, but I still see the same amount of people doing it.  Point is...nothing will change. 

xplr
xplr

After thinking about this pathetic petition for awhile, I'm now convinced that the Wilpons are in worse financial straights than I thought.


Keep boycotting boys! We may be close to a new owner!

hankincolo
hankincolo

Would you say that to their faces or wimp out like those cowardly Yankee fans who booed the poster of Robinson Cano, but then changed their tune when the man actually came out from behind the poster. Check out Fallon. Very funny.  

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@liman Pardon me, but do you seriously believe that the Wilpons really felt that they wanted to build a team "old fashioned way?"  The way I see it is that they are trying to field a team on the cheap.  This is no better than the de Louret system.  We don't live in the 1950's, 60's, or 70's.  The Mets aren't a franchise in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Houston, Kansas City, or St. Petersburg.  The Mets are currently a New York franchise in 2014 with a cable television network and a stadium that is less than 10 years old.  It has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, but please don't say that this is the culmination of a master plan.  I would rather think of it as dumb luck.  Then again, it was dumb luck that an umpire would believe Gil Hodges that a scuff on a baseball was proof of a hit batsman.  It was also dumb luck that a Mookie Wilson chopper would hit the ground and spin out between Bill Buckner's legs.  If you want to credit the players for this success have at it, but don't credit the Wilpons or Alderson.

I would agree that the Mets have some fine young talent, but that alone is not going to put them back in perennial contention.  Some money needs to be spent on this franchise.


As far as this "Open Letter" is concerned, I am disappointed and heartbroken that players that I idolized as a kid like Cleon Jones or Jerry Koosman would take part in something like this.  Mets fans fiercely love their team, and don't need to be prodded or bribed into showing affection for them.  I would agree with you about Darling and Hernandez, and that this promotion (which is what it really is) is an embarrassment.

Benjamin J. Parrish Sr
Benjamin J. Parrish Sr

@liman The Wilpons are not recklessly indifferent to the franchise or the fans....where do you get the crack you are smoking? must be some god stuff!

xplr
xplr

@Peter Ramirez  You're making this way too complicated. The Wilpons charge too much. If I decide to go, I can always buy tickets on the secondary market for a fraction of the price. No point in ever buying seats from the box office.

Peter Ramirez
Peter Ramirez

@ifti99  The thing is, and I think most fans tend to forget this now, much of the current mess was caused by the previous ownership's handing out of bad contracts and a poor minor league system. Even if the Wilpons would have spent money in the past, what would that have realistically accomplished? Demonstrated to us that they cared? As you and others have said, it's all about winning, so showing their care would have been pointless.

For this season there's certainly no excuse in not spending, but beyond that I don't see it as a huge deal. We would've won a few extra games, and the Wilpons would've wasted their own money.

This certainly does reek of desperation though.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

I would say it to their faces, I would also say it to the Wilpons and Katz as well. You want fans to come out and see you? Then put a good product not the field. Don't beg me to come to the stadium. When the Wilpons spend their money to improve the team, I'll spend my money to go see them play

heynow20
heynow20

Winning is not guaranteed with this lineup...Its nice to think that Harvey will come back fully healthy and without any setbacks but its not guaranteed.  Its nice to think that contrary to history, every one of our prospects will be the next Clayton Kershaw, but unfortunately that likely won't be the case.  I do believe we will continue to have good pitching but they are still going to have to spend a little more on the offense to put a WS contender on the field.  Do you really believe if they had Harvey in the rotation today that this team is all of a sudden a WS contender? I don't.  And if that is the case, how will it be any different next year...