The Mets just lost 2 very winnable games in 4 hours. That's unfortunately nothing new. The bullpen is shot, no lead is safe, and as fans we're trained to expect the other shoe to drop, and it does, a lot.
Instead of being a game over .500, the Mets ended the evening 3 games under. They've been flirting with the mediocre mark for most of the season, and every time I convince myself they're about to go on a run, they take two steps back. Again, nothing new.
Now wins and loses aside. There is one major thing the Mets can control at the ballpark, and that's the fan experience.
Watching from the couch I noticed these kids having a great time on Friday night at Citi. Love to see it.
Loving these kids behind the plate paying homage to Bo Field.— The 7 Line (@The7Line) June 15, 2019
Mets OG superfan Bo Field left a lasting impression on my fandom. If you haven't heard me talk about this in the past, my Grandfather ran security at the Press Gate at Shea for a good portion of my childhood. That led to great seats behind the plate to pretty much any game. Insane perk that for sure led me down this orange and blue path.
For those not in the know. Google her. pic.twitter.com/fhgofDnAOv— The 7 Line (@The7Line) June 15, 2019
Bo was awesome to me, and to all the other kids that would gravitate towards her at the games. How could you not want to join in on the fun? She was it. Cheering on the Mets in good times, and mostly bad, and just enjoying life.
This brings us to the 8th inning. Look around the ballpark. Fans aren't exactly banging down the doors to get a seat. This isn't just a Mets problem, it's largely a baseball problem. Attendance seems to be down across the board at most parks, and this should be a big concern for the sport.
These kids were absolutely loving life. While coincidentally, or purposely, paying homage to my old friend Bo some 30 years later.
Unfortunately that came to a screeching halt. For whatever reason, these Flushing Faithful with top dollar tickets were told to knock it off.
I don't blame the security guard. She's was probably just following orders, but whoever makes these demands needs to reevaluate what a ball game should be all about. Fun. Especially for the kids.
I remember the first time I met Bo, and not to sound overly dramatic here, I really hope these kids don't let tonight tarnish their own Mets path going forward.
The Mets aren't in a position to be losing fans, and no matter where you sit, you should be encouraged to have a good time, not told to sit on your hands.
Kids (or your parents), if you're reading this, hit me up. Future game with The 7 Line Army on me. You can stand up, roll your arms, and cheer all game.
As we did before our Subway Series outing earlier this month, we'll be pre-gaming in the brewery before heading in to the seats on Tuesday night vs the Padres.