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Mets at the Movies">METS AT THE MOVIES III: THE SEARCH FOR OUR OPENING DAY ROSTER
Let's be honest, I complain about a lot of things the Mets front office gets wrong in my writings.
Therefore, in the interest of equal time, I should also take a minute to praise something the team has very clearly gotten right. I am speaking, of course, about Mets at the Movies.
Those that know me well know that movies and baseball rank very high among my passions. The Mets have managed to combine the two, and in what may come as a surprise to many: They actually got it right!
To those of you who are unfamiliar with MATM, it is a once—a—season event where the Mets rent out Manhattan's fabulous Ziegfeld Theater and turn it into a mini stadium where a thousand or so fans can watch an away game on the big screen with all the comforts of Shea/Citi Field.
Aramark brings their vendors so you can get beer, peanuts and hot dogs while you watch the game, as well as more traditional movie snacks at the theater snack bar.
The Mets bring their sound effects team so the occasional organ music or signature Let's Go Mets drumbeat will come on during a Mets rally. Batter walk-up music is occasionally played for big at-bats.
There are T-shirt launches, trivia contests, and more. Basically, anything you would find at Citi Field is replicated at the theater, Lazy Mary included.
There is something incredibly sublime about watching a game in a movie theater with 1,000 or so Mets fans that you have to experience to fully grasp. After a while you forget that you are not at a live event.
At my first MATM in 2007, I expected to sit there and quietly and watch the game but by the third inning I was shouting at the screen and I wasn't alone. It's cheesy, corny, and maybe even a little sad, but make no mistake—it is fun.
In between innings, SNY brings out guests for interviews and Q & A sessions. Guests usually include former Mets players and on—air personalities.
It is also fairly cheap. Tickets are $12 a pop—more like $15 after fees—but in past years the Mets have gone out of their way to give you your money's worth before you even step through the door.
In 2007, at the first MATM, the Mets gave out gift bags at the door that included Mets swag and two tickets to a future game at Shea.
At Mets at The Movies 2: Electric Boogaloo in 2008 everyone got a Mets yearbook at the door, which was worth more than the face value of the ticket. Not to mention all the prizes you can win inside.
You actually have a fighting chance in a T-shirt launch when it's just 1000 people in a theater. Last year my fiancee and I left with two yearbooks, two Shea T—shirts, and two fleece blankets.
So, at the risk of sounding like too much of commercial for this event, all I can say is if you have nothing to do on June 17, come on down to the Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan and check out Mets At The Movies.
It is a truly different baseball experience that you can only find in the Big Apple and the kind of promotion only the Mets would do.
As an added bonus, if you find me there, I will be autographing printed copies of my Bleacher Report articles, provided you bring the printed article...and a pen.
So hopefully I'll see you at the movies. Until then, the balcony is closed.