I have learned to accept a lot of things as a sports fan.
I accept that the Field Level seats I used to buy for $16 in 1998, somehow now cost $125.
I accept that on Saturday when I drove into a Preferred Lot, the police were called to escort me back to the commoners lot with the rest of the serfs.
What I refuse to accept is being told one thing and then having the rules constantly changed on me. This is what the Citi Field brass seem to be doing this year.
Let's take a moment to flash back to February. The Mets are running these Citi Field infomercials to get people to buy tickets to Citi Field. We get to see Jeff Wilpon in his adorable little hardhat walk us through the park. He makes a big deal about the Promenade Club and how any fan with a Promenade ticket could enjoy it. (By the way, in Citi Field terms "Promenade" is just a big fancy word for upper deck.)
Move ahead to opening day. As I make my way towards the Promenade Club with my ticket in hand, I am greeted by a cheerful woman who kindly tells me that I do not have the right kind of promenade ticket and politely turns me away. In the background I could swear I heard a voice saying "No Dogs Allowed".
For those of you not familiar, the Promenade Club is a small strip of an enclosed bar directly behind home plate. It offers a climate controlled atmosphere, televisions, a fully stocked bar and a terrible view of the ballgame. There are no seats, but there are a few tables you can stand at. Honestly, it wasn't a big loss to not be let in, but I did feel a little lied to.
It probably would have ended there, but a couple of weeks later while at the game, I catch wind of a rumor that they have lifted stipulations for entry. Well I head over to check this out and I am greeted with a hello and welcome to the club. "Wow!", I think to myself, "The Mets actually did the right thing for a change." The gentlemen explains to me that the Mets have changed the policy. My guess is: Would anyone really pay extra for this glorified bar with a mostly obstructed view?
Honestly, the view from the club is so poor, I usually avoid it, but my fiancee loves the idea of climate control on a cold night so she thought it was pretty cool. I am not one to go against the fiancee, so on a cool night last week we headed to the club to warm up. We are stopped at the door and, you guessed it, the club has gone exclusive again. The gentleman at the door says the policy was changed on Monday and he doesn't know why. I'm never one to harass uninformed security personnel, though I do often get a tickle from their blank expressions, so I turn away and slink back to steerage.
I guess what has me mad is not so much there are so many areas of Citi Field where I am not allowed, it's just that they keep changing the rules as they go.
Don't get my hopes up with your little air-conditioned bar and then take it away from me. That's just wrong.
I keep trying to defend the Mets and their constantly fan-unfriendly ways but I am running out of excuses. Throw us a bone, Jeff, give us back the bar you promised us.
What about you guys out there in internet land? Am I off-base here? I would love to hear your stories about what you like or dislike about the new park so click comment and tell me where to get off.
Till then, I'll see you in the Upper Decker, I mean Promenade.