Who is Buying Johan Santana Commemorative Crap?
Maybe I’m a jerk for feeling this way, but when I found out the Mets were selling reprints of the game tickets to Johan Santana’s no-hitter, I burst out laughing. The concept is hilarious to me — why would anyone ever pay for something like that? I can almost, sort of, understand buying unused tickets to no-hitters — as the White Sox and Marlins have done in the past. But reprints? Really?
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, as there are at least a half-dozen other items on the market “commemorating” Johan’s feat. For example, there is a commemorative bat (bat? um … hmm … a game that is lauded for lack of hits is celebrated with a bat?), plaques, balls (which weren’t official game balls, BTW), murals, a “desktop photo mint” (huh?), newspapers, and coins (though, none from the Franklin Mint — yet). I guess you have to admire opportunism — it’s part of the fabric of America after all. Seriously, though? Who is buying this crap?
Are you buying any of this stuff? Do you know anyone who will / would? If so, why?