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  • Originally posted by ribant View Post
    You guys are probably right.

    But from a marketing standpoint they should go with thier ace when all the media is focused on them.

    I would not be surprised if the evil empire has C.C. or at least A.J. pitching one or both of thier first two games.
    Pettite will open NYS if I was a betting man
    FORMERLY Section 522 Row 2; Mezz Reserved Row E

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    • Originally posted by ribant View Post
      You guys are probably right.

      But from a marketing standpoint they should go with thier ace when all the media is focused on them.

      I would not be surprised if the evil empire has C.C. or at least A.J. pitching one or both of thier first two games.


      I really don't think Jerry Manuel has given a 2nd thought to the marketing aspect.

      The best marketing strategy is to win.

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      • Anyone get an email regarding ST's today?

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        • Originally posted by Ralf View Post
          Anyone get an email regarding ST's today?
          Nothing. Funny thing - my doorbell rings and the guy says "UPS". I'm thinking, "Great. Season tickets!" But no. It was a different package that I wasn't even expecting today. The wait continues.

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          • Originally posted by Ralf View Post
            Anyone get an email regarding ST's today?
            Nope...Only a Yankees telling me I didn't win their lottery. Well, I initially said they'd come the 23rd, and I thought that was a conservative estimation. Now, I'm gonna have to guess the 26th.

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            • For what it's worth (which is probably very little)... I was talking with the infamous "supervisor" today regarding some Wheel Chair seating & he told me that all FULL season tickets will be mailed out by the end of this week & PARTIAL plans will all be out by the end of next week.

              Oh, BTW, my ticket partner Bill (the guy who went on the tour for me & took those pictures of my former seats in 522) bought 2 games during the pre-sale for 2 Monday night games in April & May. He got 518, row 4, seats 1-4. I told them they were "what the Mets admit are obstructed view". Otherwise, they would be GREAT seats & sold as ST. I confirmed this with the "supervisor" today and he confirmed-- he said "They have an acceptable view for a single game here & there, but we wouldn't sell them to someone who was going to sit there for an entire season". WTF?? Suppose you only could afford 1 or 2 games a year-- you should be stuck with an "acceptable view"??? BTW- they were FULL price... and Bill received his tickets already & they are NOT marked obstructed view.

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              • Originally posted by Dishy24 View Post
                For what it's worth (which is probably very little)... I was talking with the infamous "supervisor" today regarding some Wheel Chair seating & he told me that all FULL season tickets will be mailed out by the end of this week & PARTIAL plans will all be out by the end of next week.
                When you say "this week" do you mean March 16 - 20?

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                • Originally posted by Ralf View Post
                  When you say "this week" do you mean March 16 - 20?
                  Yes, by the end of this current week FST should all be mailed out. (So he claimed!)

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                  • Originally posted by Dishy24 View Post
                    For what it's worth (which is probably very little)... I was talking with the infamous "supervisor" today regarding some Wheel Chair seating & he told me that all FULL season tickets will be mailed out by the end of this week & PARTIAL plans will all be out by the end of next week.

                    Oh, BTW, my ticket partner Bill (the guy who went on the tour for me & took those pictures of my former seats in 522) bought 2 games during the pre-sale for 2 Monday night games in April & May. He got 518, row 4, seats 1-4. I told them they were "what the Mets admit are obstructed view". Otherwise, they would be GREAT seats & sold as ST. I confirmed this with the "supervisor" today and he confirmed-- he said "They have an acceptable view for a single game here & there, but we wouldn't sell them to someone who was going to sit there for an entire season". WTF?? Suppose you only could afford 1 or 2 games a year-- you should be stuck with an "acceptable view"??? BTW- they were FULL price... and Bill received his tickets already & they are NOT marked obstructed view.


                    What sucks about this, is the majority of fans have no idea those seats are obstructed, because the park is brand new (and they're not obsessed like us).

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                    • Originally posted by Dishy24 View Post
                      Yes, by the end of this current week FST should all be mailed out. (So he claimed!)
                      What ever happened to "the Mets are going to get their tickets out earlier this year". Is there any advantage to sending them out this late?

                      Between the Mets and Stubhub I'm starting to get a wee bit frustrated.

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                      • Originally posted by tomzpc View Post
                        Santana will in all probability pitch on Monday 4/6 in Cincinnati for opening day in which case there's no chance he pitches on 4/3 (his last tuneup would be 4/1). Then he'll pitch the 11th in Fla and back home to close the SD series on the 16th. That would mean we'll likely see Ollie P and Maine for the opener and second game on the 13th and 15th. If Ollie pitches opening day at Citi and gets into one of his wild streaks early it's REALLY gonna put a damper on the excitement fast.
                        I'd see Pelf and Lester duke it out, although hopefully by next week I could buy a ticket to the exhibition at StubHub.

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                        • Anyone know what the Mets charged last year for Season Ticket Holders the opportunity to forward their tickets using mets.com? Was it a per game or per ticket charge?

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                          • Originally posted by tomzpc View Post
                            What ever happened to "the Mets are going to get their tickets out earlier this year". Is there any advantage to sending them out this late?

                            Between the Mets and Stubhub I'm starting to get a wee bit frustrated.
                            I don't like it either, but to answer your question, the later they send out the tickets, the more time the printer has OR the later the Mets can wait to give the printer the go-ahead. This probably gave the Mets additional time to sell more season tickets. There is no advantage that I can see for us.

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                            • Originally posted by rjg7872 View Post
                              Anyone know what the Mets charged last year for Season Ticket Holders the opportunity to forward their tickets using mets.com? Was it a per game or per ticket charge?
                              I believe it was $4 and the the buyer could either pick them up at Will Call for free or pay an additional $2.50 for print at home tickets.

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                              • Originally posted by johnql View Post
                                I don't like it either, but to answer your question, the later they send out the tickets, the more time the printer has OR the later the Mets can wait to give the printer the go-ahead. This probably gave the Mets additional time to sell more season tickets. There is no advantage that I can see for us.
                                Last Sunday 3/15 was the deadline for all season tickets to be sent to the printers. Any orders placed after 3/15 will be printed at Citi Field on the "plain" tickets.

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