1. When did you start following the Mets?
I'd like to say from birth (1984), but realistically, the furthest back I remember would be around 1989. I still have all the old posters and pennants from 86 and 88 hanging in my room. I also remember having those old "Starting Lineup" baseball card/figurine sets, and actually knowing who the players were. So I guess I'd have to say since then.
2. What is your favorite Mets memory?
4. If you could change one off-field thing about the franchise what would it be?
Easiest question yet. No more Wilpons. No more Minaya. No more Manuel.
I'd call a press conference and address the media about changing the culture of the franchise. We would honor Mets tradition and not give more than a passing glance at Dodgers/Giants tradition. There might be a "History of National League baseball in New York" section in the brand new Mets Hall of Fame and Museum (Scheduled to open April 2010), but no Dodgers anything for sale in our stadium stores. I'd put a lot more money and time into player development. It would obviously take a few years, but we could begin building a strong farm system, as opposed to what we have now. We would begin to commit more money to scouting and signing top draft picks. We would make ourselves the most fan friendly franchise in the bigs. Ticket prices would be much lower with no Gold, Silver, Platinum, but rather, a single rate. The only games I'd charge slightly more for would be weekend divisional games. We would have fan promotions every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in addition to a rotating weekday. We would honor our past players and invite them back EVERY year on an Old Timers day and a Banner Day. Twice a month, we'd have half price food day. All food and soft drinks 1/2 price. Id' make the entire Pepsi Porch a $30 all you can eat seat. We would encourage the fans to come decked out in blue on Blue Bleachers Day, orange on Rusty Staub day, and white on White Out day. We would provide the appropriate color t-shirt to every fan on their way into the stadium.
Finally, since no current prospect is untouchable, I'd push my GM to trade for Halladay and create the best 1-2 pitching tandem in the bigs.
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