Pete sent it over and says it is something called "Banner Day."
Pete claims this photo was taken at Shea Stadium in 1978.
To believe that I would have to believe the Mets let fans walk on the field with signs telling everyone how much they love the team.
Why would a team do such a thing?
I mean who is going to do that, some little kid?
As if 35 years later that kid is going to remember that he walked around the field with a sheet.
As if a team could invent a tradition unique to the franchise.
As if a team wants the fans walking around feeling like a community.
Hogwash I say. Just run around the bases kid, spend two seconds with Mr. Met II and be happy with that.
Nice try Pete, I don't know how you photoshopped this, but there's no way the Mets would ever let children walk around the field holding a sheet. I've been following this team this entire century, and I'm telling you there's no way they would ever do such a thing.
Next thing you'll want them to bring back old Mets players, as if someone wants to see a bunch of old men in baseball uniforms. That would be way too much work to organize.
''That's silly, and that's not the reason,'' said Dave Howard, the Mets' executive vice president for baseball operations. ''It was particularly unpopular as a promotion. We didn't see an increase in ticket sales or interest from sponsors or even from people who already had tickets. It died of its own unpopularity in the early '90s. (Times)
It's all about the money Mets fans. Always is. Read the quote read the quote read the quote.
Whew, got worked up there. This post was supposed to be part of Share Your Shots where you send your Mets photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and I kinda went on a tear and then typed Banner Day David Howard into google, and even though he's talking about Old-Timer's Day there it still made me see red. Gotta go chill. Send me some pictures will ya?
Speaking of sponsors, I can't wait for the promotions calendar. My post that day will be something like this...
"May 16th. Kraft Singles Mets crazy straw night" - I'll whip out Dave's quote and then rant that Kraft could spend money on crazy straws but we can't have Ed Kranepool come by?
Ok I'm ranting again. I've done this before but here goes. I'm going to plan Old-Timer's Day.
Hey Keith and Ron, need you to come downstairs at 1 on August whateverth. Someone call Seaver and tell him we'll give him 50 grand and plug the marines and his wine. Tell Bob Ojeda at SNY to catch a ride with Burkhardt. Do we still have Mazzilli's number? How we doing with that prominently displayed Gooden signature we promised? Call Doc and we'll knock that out. Tell Wally to let the third base coach run the dopey A ball team.
That's 5 minutes work, three phone calls and I have 7 Mets there already. Kranepool will show up, trust me.
Rant over. For now. Your turn.
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