Bats: Mets Selling Souvenir No-Hitter Tickets: Will You Pretend You Were There?
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Historic events always make instant souvenirs out of the tickets that proved you were there. This was certainly the case when Johan Santana pitched the Mets’ first no-hitter last Friday and ostensibly reserved for the 27,069 officially in attendance at Citi Field.
But now the Mets have decided the joy should be spread around further, and are selling replica tickets to the game for $50 each.
In its announcement, the team said tickets would be reprinted on the same paper season tickets are printed on:
The Mets will reprint all 41,922 seats at Citi Field. There is a limit of four seats per order. Fans can select a seating category and receive the best available seat in that location.
Oh, and better yet, there is a shipping and handling fee. (Of course there is!)
While the Mets could hardly be faulted for trying to cash in on a wonderful moment in franchise history, the ticket-reselling has several layers of ridiculousness. First, would you really pay $50 for a fake ticket to a game you didn’t attend? Would you try to tell people you were really there? Would there be something particularly hilarious about having a ticket to a seat that wasn’t filled for that game (there are more than 14,000 of those) or funnier to have a ticket to a seat someone else’s backside was occupying?
To the Mets’ credit, season ticket holders are being given free replica tickets (although order and shipping fees still apply) for their seats and smaller plan holders get a discount.
And it is rather a nice service for people whose tickets got covered in mustard before their value was realized or those who bought their tickets online so their souvenir was a piece of paper spit out by their inkjet printer.
But otherwise, it seems a bit cheesy, doesn’t it?