Yahoo – In a few short days, and for a price, New York Mets fans can buy something that could prove they attended Johan Santana’s recent no-hitter — even if they weren’t within a thousand miles of Citi Field when the last out was made. The team announced it will sell reprints at Mets.com for each of the 41,922 seats in the ballpark to commemorate the only no-hitter in the club’s 50-plus season history. Season ticket holders get them for free, and those with packs get a discount, but any old Tom, Nolan or Jerry off the street can buy a no-no ticket for $50 and say “they were there.” The Mets probably got inspiration from the Miami Marlins, who pulled a similar scheme two years ago after Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a perfect game on their home turf. And what’s wrong with the club getting a cut of the secondary market, considering one exists for actual tickets to the game? It’s a bit odd that 41,000-plus people could be walking around with tickets to a game that, perhaps, 20,000 attended. And yes, $50 is a lot of money for a ticket to a game that already has been played— no matter that it was a great game, and an historic occurrence. Especially considering you can spend $5 or $15 or $25 and see a game that hasn’t happened yet.
The Phillies may be currently worse at baseball than the Sixers are at basketball, but at least we’re not selling people’s tickets back to them for a $50 profit (plus “order” and shipping fees). What the hell is an order fee, anyway? And even though yesterday I watched the first Phillies day game in recent memory that made me wish I didn’t work from home, at least I can take a little pride in knowing that the Mets are still the Mets. And even after they STOLE their first no-no in team history (LOL aka 50 years) after Roy Halladay had two in the same season, they still found a way to Mets it all up.
Yeah, Chad Qualls may have given up like a dozen runs in the 9th yesterday as our defense collapsed into error-filled sadness. Yeah, we may be cheering on Carlos Ruiz pinch hits like he’s Prince fucking Fielder because he’s the only bat we got. Yeah, we may not win the division for the first time since 2007…but at least we don’t shake down our fans for $50 (plus order and shipping fees) so they can own a piece of history that A) they already paid for and B) didn’t happen. At least we ain’t the Mets.