What’s Inside of a 2018 Club Mets Membership Kit?

Like I mentioned previously, I’m a member of Club Mets. For those that don’t know much about the Mets official fan club, here’s a basic primer.

Well, today, my membership kit arrived! It did arrive a little late, only a few days after Opening Day, due to third party shipping issues, but the folks out at the ballpark were aware of the delay, so it didn’t cost me anything.

The card comes in a basic economy-sized envelope:

Inside the kit, you have the breakdown of the perks on one side, and a very nice personalized card on the other, with fans cheering in the background.

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Did you get a Club Mets Membership? 

Alex Anthony Update: Is This why Alex was “Dismissed”?

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Photo Credit: Gary Dunaier 

Most Mets fans will agree that the last seven days have been pretty good in Mets-land. Mickey Callaway is pushing all the right buttons, the bullpen has been fantastic, and the Mets are in first place, with a nice 5-1 record.

With that being said, there was an apparent difference in the ballpark experience, with backup PA announcer Rob Rush calling the players up to the plate, instead of Alex Anthony, the longtime voice of the Mets who was recently dismissed. And, while we didn’t know too much regarding the circumstance of his firing, Bob’s Blitz is now reporting that an inside joke, done behind closed doors, is the reason for his dismissal, according to a close friend of Craig Carton, host of the Carton & Friends radio show:

“A friend of mine who is close with the Mets tells me that he (Alex) was in a closed office with a buddy, the door was closed and it was very private. The person who claims to have heard the joke was outside of the office. It was not done in front of anyone or done to embarrass anyone.”

Now, before I comment on this, we do have to note that this is still a rumor, the Mets refuse to say anything on the matter, but as they aren’t disputing this claim, it’s only fair to take it at face value.

Also, I do understand why the Mets should not be tolerant about this. While not everyone is an angel outside of working hours, you shouldn’t be disrespectful either, behind closed doors or not.

With that being said, the punishment Alex was given over a private joke behind closed doors” isn’t relative to the punishments the Mets have given to other instances of employee negligence. Take the Mr.Met incident, for example. After Mr.Met made a disturbing gesture in front of thousands of fans, many of whom are kids that idolize him, the employee was simply reassigned. That’s right, not fired, despite the whirlwind of negative press that ensued afterwards. Given that, I don’t think it’s plausible that the Mets fired their longest tenured PA Announcer over a private joke.

Like Carton said in his radio broadcast: “that sounds like a bit of a witch hunt against a guy who was with the team for 14 years”.

Either the Mets wanted him out over a preexisting matter, and they were looking for an excuse to do so, or, there is simply more to this story that we don’t know about. Simply put, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

 

Club Mets 2018 Memberships Available

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Since 2016, I’ve been a Club Mets member. The membership has cost $19 since I joined, and while there are a lot of pointless benefits, you do get two complementary tickets for any non-Saturday non-Opening Day game. So, if you use the ticket voucher wisely, that easily negates the $19 price tag, so a membership, in my opinion, is worth it.

This year, there is going to be a slight change for the Club Mets membership, instead of one membership, there will be two “tiers” of memberships. The regular membership, called the “Standard” membership, will cost $19.95, and will include all the basic amenities of the membership and will include Gameday Audio.

Additionally, there will be a brand new “Club Mets with At Bat Premium” level. This will include everything included in the standard level and a free At Bat subscription, for only ten bucks more at $30.95.

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I truly believe that the membership is worth it. You get a Citi Field Scoreboard message and two tickets, which is pretty much all you’ll get for the $19. I will renew for the $19 standard membership, as I already have MLB.TV.

If you do not have a Club Mets membership, I’d recommend getting one here.

WATCH: 2018 Seventh Inning Stretch

Who doesn’t love take me out to the ballgame, followed by everyone’s favorite “Lazy Mary”?

Now, you can live the stretch from the comforts of your home. Enjoy:

Taken by Niko Goutakolis on 4/4/18

How I’m Beating the Facebook MLB Deal

 

I’m going to the game.

Yep, it’s that easy.

I’ve been upfront with everyone on my thoughts of this horrid, horrid deal, which gives the user-only Facebook exclusivity to Major League Baseball games, and the Phillies and the Mets are the guinea pigs.

Not wanting to have anything to do with Facebook and having a desire to watch Noah Syndergaard, I made a trip to the ballpark yesterday to get tickets for the game!

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The weather is far from perfect, but I will do next to anything to get away from this Facebook deal, and this was a fantastic alternative.

Is anyone else going out to the ballpark to avoid watching the game on Facebook?

Mets to add Rusty Staub Patch for all Remaining Games

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This is a nice touch.

To commemorate the life legacy of “Le Grande Orange”, Rusty Staub, the Mets have decided to add a patch to be worn for all remaining Mets games this year. The patch, which will be opposite the Mets skyline patch, features Rusty’s signature in orange on a black backdrop.

This is the first commemorative patch since the Ralph Kiner patch back in 2014. Kiner’s logo remains with the rest of the retired numbers over the Promenade level in left field.

While not currently on-sale, it is probable that these patches will go on sale soon, with the proceeds going towards an applicable cause.

 

Mets 2018 Walk Up Music

Since we talked about Alex Anthony yesterday (any updates on that situation will be posted) I thought we should stick on the same topic of stadium audio with one of the more pleasurable aspects of the ballpark experience:

Listening to the players walk up songs!

There is a good mix this year. We have country, religious, hispanic, pop, classical, and even mariachi.

None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the fantastic editing of YouTuber jaspnguy, all credit goes to him.

Syndergaard- Thunderstruck by ACDC
Game of Thrones Theme by Ramin Djawadi
Nimmo- So Will I by Hillsong United
Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams
Cespedes- Quiereme by Jacob Forever
Bruce- Public Service Announcement by Jay-Z
Feel So Good by Mase
Cabrera- Scooby Doo Pa Pa by DJ Kass
Dura by Daddy Yankee
Frazier- Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Gonzalez- El Mariachi Loco by Mariachi de la Ciudad de Mexico
Plawecki- Ignition Remix by R. Kelly
Rosario- Vamos Amanacer by Secreto El Famoso Biberon
Flores- I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts
Lagares- Todo Se Lo Debo A El by Marcos Yariode
Gsellman- The Stroke by Billy Squire
Swarzak- Cochise by Audioslave
Familia- Danza Kuduro by Don Omar

 

 

Alex Anthony, Mets PA Announcer, Dismissed after 15 Seasons

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Photo Credit: Gary Dunaier 

This is very troubling news. The longest tenured Mets PA Announcer, Alex Anthony, the stadium voice of the Orange & Blue, has been “dismissed”, according to New York Post beat writer Mike Puma. Puma also indicates that the Mets are on the search for a new public address announcer. In the interim, the backup announcer, Rob Rush, (who has filled in since 2014) will call players up to the plate.

Considering they had Anthony reading promos for this season, and that he was the PA announcer during the Winter Classic, it’s obvious that this was a last minute un-expected change. Alex is also listed as the PA Announcer in the media guide.

I don’t want to speculate too much into what happened, as there are a lot of possibilities, some better than others, but clearly there is some bad blood. I honestly never thought Alex would leave. His voice was cemented into Citi Field, it was just so “Mets”, and somehow everyone realized that.

Hopefully we get some closure on this. Alex was the most iconic and longest tenured PA Announcer in Mets history, so fans definitely deserve an explanation, and we will be waiting for one.

Rest In Piece, Rusty Staub

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This is a very sad story for the morning of Opening Day.

Everyone’s favorite Met, “Le Grand Orange”, Rusty Staub, has passed away.

Rusty was 73 when he made his transition early Thursday morning.

Stub’s legacy has always been prominent with the Mets fan base and will be immediately felt at Citi Field, where the Mets begin their 2018 campaign at 1:10pm, against the St.Louis Cardinals.

It was reported a few weeks ago that Rusty was in critical condition down in West Palm Beach, Florida, it was one of many health issues that Rusty faced late in his life.

Everyone wishes Rusty Staub’s family and friends their deepest sympathies.

#LinksAboutHim: Opening Day Edition

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Welcome to a very special #LinksAboutHim. Today, we are not talking about a person, but about an event. The event that is better than Christmas, Easter and your birthday put together. It’s Opening Day! Be sure to share your posts with me on Twitter @NikoMetsPlus. 

  • The folks at Amazin Avenue share the lineup and the complete game preview here.
  • Something out of Tony LaRussa’s playbook, Noah Syndergaard, tomorrow’s starter will be batting eighth. Here’s what Newsday had to say about that.
  • Josh from Mets Merized shares a report that the Mets have considered adding Greg Holland to upgrade the bullpen depth.
  • The 7 Line blog details news of a rather unique way to get to the ballpark, the Transit Museum vintage run.