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Banner Night, Say The Mets

Posted By Howard Megdal On January 15, 2013 @ 12:59 pm In Business of Baseball,Game wrap-up | Comments Disabled

So arguably the three finest days of the 2012 season were Banner Day, Johan Santana’s No-Hitter, and R.A. Dickey’s 20th victory. The Mets could only plan one of them.
[1]To their credit, they recognized the success, and planned a repeat Banner Day for Sunday, May 26.
Through no fault of theirs, ESPN chose May 26 as a Mets game to move to Sunday night.
So the Mets have two choices: keep Banner Day for that game, making for a far more difficult time navigation for children, or move the promotional day to any other Sunday (or Saturday, for that matter).
But a Mets spokesperson has confirmed to me that the Mets will be keeping Banner Day on May 26.
Assuming timing is the same as last year, registration would begin at 5 PM for an 8:05 start. And for kids for whom Banner Day is supposed to serve as part of a special memory at the ballpark, that will mean parents choosing between keeping kids up past 11 PM, or missing out on at least part of the game.
Whether parents will want to pay Sunday ticket prices for a partial game at best is to be determined as well.
Last season’s Banner Day drew just 28,361, middle of the pack in announced attendance for the Mets in 2012 home dates. Perhaps that is the driving force; it is a shame, though, because Banner Day’s effect on those who attend seems to be far greater than most games, in my experience.
My then-two year old couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks, and still does. Unfortunately, it will be hard to get her back to a repeat this year, when the game itself starts after her bedtime.
My guess is we’ll be hearing more about this one.

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