I’m If you haven’t heard already, the Mets are selling re-prints of the tickets to Johan Santana’s no-hitter.
Here are some excerpts from the press release (which you can read in full by clicking here):
- Fans can purchase tickets reprinted on Season Ticket Holder stock for $50 each, plus order and shipping fees. The tickets will be available starting Monday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. on Mets.com.”Mets Season Ticket Holders will receive complimentary reprints of every seat in their account. An order and shipping fee will apply.”
- “Mets 40-Game, 20-Game, 15-Game and 6-Game Plan and Pack Holders whose packages included the June 1 game will receive a discounted rate of $30 per ticket, plus per ticket and shipping fees.”
- “Plan and Pack Holders whose packages didn’t include last Friday’s game, will be able to purchase reprints for $40 per ticket, plus per ticket and shipping fees, through an exclusive pre-sale on Mets.com starting tomorrow, Friday, June 8.”
In response to a question from @ReadTheApple on Twitter, Mets VP of Ticket Sales Leigh Castergine said:
@ReadTheApple we will not sell any tickets that were owned by sth, plan, or pack holder from the no-hitter
— Leigh Castergine (@LeighJC_NYM) June 7, 2012
I was not in attendance for the first no-hitter ever. I really wasn’t. I’m not going to lie and tell my future grandchildren that I was there, but I could if I wanted to. By all means, if you weren’t at the game and you want to buy a $50 ticket reprint of No-Han, go ahead. I have nothing against that.
But, personally, I’m not going to buy one, and that’s not because the ticket costs $50. It’s because I don’t think that it’s fair for the fans who bought tickets and were present for the no-no. I know that the Mets aren’t trying to send this message, but they really are basically saying that they don’t care about single game ticket purchasers.
Many of you probably decided to go see Johan Santana pitch against the defending World Series champions–the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Maybe you went on StubHub, maybe you scalped tickets outside of the game, maybe you ordered them from Mets.com, maybe you bought them at the ticket window at Citi Field. But, it doesn’t matter…
I’m sure that a 1986 World Series Game 6 ticket stub costs a lot of money. But if the Mets started reprinting tickets from that game, the value of the tickets from the actual game would decrease drastically. That is NOT FAIR for the Mets fans in attendance…
So, let’s just say, hypothetically, that I was in Section 110, Row 5, Seat 10 for the no-hitter. I would be extremely pissed if the Mets were to just sell my exact seat to someone else for $50. They were not at the game, so why should they have an exact replica of my ticket?
I wouldn’t. I paid for the ticket. I went to Citi Field. I saw it happen… (hypothetically…)
Now the Mets totally have the right to profit off of this no-hitter–absolutely… I’m totally fine with that. They can sell t-shirts, memorabilia, and whatever else they want. But, they can’t piss off every single fan at the no-hitter game. They just can’t.
There were only 27,069 people at Santana’s no-hitter. That’s it. There are 41,922 seats at Citi Field and 21,069 of them were occupied. The Mets therefore had 14, 853(!!!) tickets leftover. Instead of re-selling fourty thousand tickets, they should just sell 14,853 of them. They could double the price for the unsold tickets and make everyone buy them for $100 each. In this scenario, there would only be one of each ticket and everyone would be happy.
I want the Mets to make money, and I don’t like criticizing them… I’m not one of those fans. So, please Mets… do the right thing and don’t take away an awesome token away from 27,069 people. Sell 14,853 for a hundred bucks each. You’ll still make more than a million dollars from selling those fourteen thousand seats.