Friday, November 25, 2011

"Kick A Wilpon" Promotion Leads To Second Straight Black Friday Trampling At Citi Field

Just like last year, the New York Mets hoped to boost sagging merchandise sales at their stadium shop by hosting a black Friday sale early this morning.  Unfortunately for the Mets, the results were similar to last year's debacle, sending several fans to the hospital.

This year the problem stemmed from a promotion involving the team's new 50th Anniversary jerseys. According to, any fan purchasing one of the jerseys on Friday would be given the opportunity to kick either Fred or Jeff Wilpon.  The idea of kicking one of the Mets owners was irresistible to disgruntled fans and the crowds got out of control rather quickly.

Chants of "Kick The Wilpons" (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) echoed through the Mets museum as fans pushed and shoved to be first in line.  When the Mets owners saw the unruly mob they decided the joke had gone far enough and made a run for it.  This angered the crowd and the shoving increased as fans began to try and break down the doors.

Fortunately for the Mets, they were prepared for this and had Lt. John "The University of California Pepper Spray Guy" Pike on hand to quickly put an end to the uprising. In the end 26 people needed to be treated for minor injuries but the Mets did report the sale of one 50th Anniversary this guy.

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