Ceetar posted the below as a comment yesterday. I think he's on to something, but I didn't want it to get lost in Beltrangate which seems quiet at the moment.
Here's Ceetar followed by my take:
'm attached to the '99-'00 team. I'm slighly older than 25, but not old enough that I remember '86 and '88 as anything more than my parents being really excited and me missing my cartoons when the Astro game went into extras. The thing is, they shouldn't be feeling forced to welcome these guys back, and they should take any excuse to trump up past success and get people excited. Who cares how silly it is. Wright ties Strawberry for Home Runs as a Met, invite 5 (for Wright) Mets power hitters to Citi and celebrate it. Have them each throw a BP pitch to Wright to swing at. Honestly, I think the biggest issues the Mets front office has is they are woefully boring and uncreative.
So that gave me an idea. Home Run Derby Day. Chicks and kids dig the longball right?
12pm on a Sunday, have a home run derby. I kind of like the old classic version that you sometimes see on ESPN Classic but I'm up for the modern version.
Imagine the fun of seeing if David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Howard Johnson or Darryl Strawberry would win. Could be fun and a nice variant on the Old Timer's Day type thing.
Heck, you could even make some alternate home run derby jerseys and monitize it!
Maybe it becomes a fun mini-tradition and the occasional visiting player takes part. Imagine the Subway Series version!
Just trying to help the Mets. Now it's not a logistical nightmare. 4 of the 5 guys I names should be in the building. On behalf of all fans I promise you we won't start in with "the home run derby screwed up his swing" is Wright goes 0 for his next 8.
While I'm on a role, if you want to mix up Old-Timers day a bit, make it like the All-Star celebrity softball game. there are a ton of NY celebrities that would come play with retired Mets. Even mix in WFAN/SNY. Have Kevin Burkhardt and Evan Roberts be captains, invite guys like Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robin Ventura, and have 'em fool around and play softball. It'd be a blast.
a) Boycott the team. b) Shame everyone who continues to support the Wilpons financially. c) Set up protests outside of Wilpon's Folly until they SELL the team and an entirly new front office steps in. d) Encourage new ownership to fix the stadium as best as possible, even if we have to deal with another round of reduced-seating capacity.
Seriously---the Beltran Fiasco is the last straw. The Wilpons' cynicism to put injured players on the field or just outright lie about players' health conditions is pure greed...
Jeff Wilpon is mentally slow and has NO business running a MLB franchise in NYC.
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