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Friday, 06 October 2023 20:27

My three biggest complaints about the New York Mets experience

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My complaints as a New York Mets fan are pretty much in line with my fellow sufferers. But if I compartmentalize them, well, I can pretty much break down to different areas of disappointment and some overt nitpicking.

Part of my suffering is the in-person experience…going to the games at Citifield. And what ARE my complaints relative to my attendance in Flushing Meadows? Well here are my three biggest complaints at a season ticket holder.

Apparently New York Mets fans don't care bout blocking my view

Where are the ushers? They’re there at the beginning of the game. They do ask to see my tickets. But then, they don’t stop anyone from coming down and moving, sliding, sashaying, and even dancing, across the row WHILE THE ACTION IS TAKING PLACE! At every other stadium we’ve been to – including Wrigley Field in Chicago and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the fans know enough not to make their way down to the seats while the action is taking place. And for the fans who don’t know enough, the ushers remind them and hold them back until the action comes to a halt.

I guess Mets fans have no damn self—awareness! I have my beer, I have my hot dog, I have my French fries, I have my mini helmet dripping with ice cream…and I am just going to stand up and pass through in front of everyone and take my time and take a look around and talk to the others in my party and BANG…PETE ALONSO BLASTS A 425-FOOT HOME RUN INTO THE UPPER STRATOSPERE.

And I had to miss it because apparently there is not decorum at Citifield.

Speaking of New York Mets fans blocking my view

As a season ticket holder, I have access to one of the clubs and I am invited to watch the game in the club. And that is especially convenient in the really cold weather or the really hot weather or the really rainy weather. But you can’t actually SEE the game from the club because the entire home plate area is blocked from view. But you can watch it on TV on the screens they have hanging all over the place. The problem is that the TV video is on delay. So what you are seeing, or not seeing, in front of you, is taking place about five seconds before you can ascertain what Is happening on the TV screen.

It's very disconcerting and annoying. Why get a seat in the club, at the window that looks out over the field, when you can’t see anything after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand? It’s absurd. Who approved the design of the stadium? And if anyone finally noticed the apparent defect in the construction, why not fix it. You moved the outfield fences…you modified the outfield bleachers…why can’t you fix this obvious screw-up?

The New York Mets TV is available everywhere except...

Unlike most stadiums where the fans actually SIT IN THEIR SEATS to watch the action, Mets fans spend most of their time waltzing around the place, nowhere near their seats.

Recently, at a Mets game at Citizens Bank Park, we got into the stadium a bit late and it actually appeared as if nobody was there. We were getting some snacks at the refreshment stands and there was literally no lines, and nobody walking around. It was like, “Are we in the wrong place?” But once we went down to the seats, the place was packed and it was rockin’!

But at Citifield you never have to worry about missing the action because there are TV screens everywhere. It may be on a delay, but all you hear is the TV broadcast throughout the stadium. Unless you go to the bathroom. THEN you can hear the radio broadcast. I find that offensive. As a former radio play-by-play guy, I would like to know why I have to sit on the toilet if I want to listen to Howie Rose?

I guess Steve Cohen has a lot more to worry about…than whether I can see the game or listen to the radio on the toilet.

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