Celebrate the Surrender!


At least one ardent Mets fan has lost faith in the 2009 season — Lynn Cohen.

Poor Lynn chose October 3rd as the big day for the “Gary, Keith, and Ron” / Pitch In For a Good Cause “main event” at Citi Field. Her optimistic side thought, finish a great year with a bang! The Mets would surely be bound for the postseason, and what better way to celebrate than have a big party — and raise money for charity at the same time?

How was she to know the highlight of the Mets season would be staying ahead of the Nationals?

But, the show must go on, and it will. The Mets will play all 162 games, and GKR will hold their season-ending event. There are a total of 800 tickets reserved for the event, which includes a two-hour pregame gourmet appetizer extravaganza, raffles, giveaways, and a $15 swipe card that can be used anywhere in the ballpark (that’s more than enough for a Shake Shack burger and shake, FYI).

As Lynn stated in an email to a number of Mets bloggers:

Obviously if the team is firmly in 5th place, the fundraiser is in danger! What to do with all of the tickets and swipe cards on the desk? Let’s make it a party, she thought. Not an end of the year party, but the beginning of a new one! A 2010 New Beginning party. Come to Citi Field with your GKR friends to purge the bad moments of 2009 and celebrate the good ones…and the even better ones that are sure to come next year.

Wow … when Lynn Cohen has given up hope, you know it’s time to raise the white flag. But you know what? I like the angle she’s taking. To be a Mets fan is to be eternally optimistic — “Ya Gotta Believe” is the standard mantra — so we just need to forget this godforsaken season and shift our optimism toward 2010.

And another thing Lynn is doing right — she’s offering 15% off the tickets to the event (and 15% off any GKR merchandise) to anyone who enters the code “blogger” between now and August 15th.

David Howard, are you listening? This is what businesses do when people don’t want to buy their junk — they discount it. (Not implying that the GKR merchandise is junk … David Howard and the Wilpons’ “product”, though is up for debate.) The Mets should take Lynn’s lead and begin discounting tickets. Now.

(Again, you must enter the coupon code “blogger” in order to receive the discount, and you have only until August 15th to get the discount. If you haven’t yet seen Citi Field, this would be a fun way to do so — and to help someone else at the same time. Click here to get tickets to the GKR event.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 August 11, 2009 at 1:43 pm
  2. sincekindergarten August 12, 2009 at 4:59 am
    When the WIlpons “celebrate the surrender” by surrendering themselves and selling the team, then I’ll think about going there, and buying merchandise. I talked to one season ticket holder that said that she’s through, after the soap-opera pilot that was the Mets FO this season.