When I first read this headline off ESPN New York, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Why the heck would the Mets be re-selling tickets to a game that already took place? I mean, it makes sense to commemorate Johan Santana‘s no-hitter since it was the first in Mets history, but this just doesn’t make any sense.
Even though a little less than 28,000 fans were lucky enough to say they saw this historic game, all 41,922 tickets from last week’s contest against the Cardinals are going to be re-printed and re-sold to anyone who would like a piece of history, for $50 a ticket of
course. The Mets have announced that each fan is limited to four tickets each, and season ticket holders will get a complimentary reprint. Fans will be able to pick a seating section, and they will be given the best seat available in that section. Apparently, this isn’t the first time this has happened, as the Marlins re-sold tickets from Roy Halladay‘s 1-0 perfect game back in 2010.
Within the first four hours of that “release,” the Marlins sold over 3,000 tickets to fans wanting a piece of history. I understand that the Mets are trying to make the most out of this no-hitter because the organization and fans waited so long for this to happen, but this is overboard. Even though it looks like most financial problems have become a thing of the past for the Wilpon family, the jokes will start coming about how they need all the money they can get, even if it means re-selling tickets. With such a fun year of baseball happening for Mets fans, we don’t need to hear that kind of criticism right now, especially right before the Subway Series.
Did I think about buying one of these tickets? For a split second, it did cross my mind because it would be cool to put that up on display, but it loses its meaning when you have to tell someone that you didn’t actually go to the game. Plus, it will make the original stubs of those 27,000 fans that were there less meaningful. I understand that organizations do this for special occasions, such as the team’s first no-hitter ever, but there are plenty other ways to commemorate this historic moment without re-selling tickets.
What do you think about this move by the Mets? Are you about to buy a re-printed ticket, or are you not even considering it?