Monday, September 24, 2012

Mets Celebrate First Ever Souvenir Cup Championship With Sweep Of Marlins

Mets organization is presented with the cup at City Hall
In a season that has already seen the Mets make history with their first no-hitter, the team can now add another first to their list of accomplishments. On Saturday afternoon, the Mets clinched the organization's first ever "Souvenir Cup" championship. The award, largely a marketing gimmick to generate buzz for two terrible teams and sell some Pepsi in the process, was created by Major League Baseball just hours before the start of the Mets-Marlins weekend series.

On Sunday morning the Mets were officially presented with "The Cup" by MLB commissioner Bud Selig. As is the new tradition, the winning team gets to select what Pepsi product goes in the cup.  The Mets chose Pepsi Max (a diet beverage) to avoid any conflicts with New York City's new soda restrictions. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was on hand to make sure any soda drinking was on the up and up, praised the organization.

"I think it's a real testament to the Mets organization's concern for the health of New Yorkers that they have chosen a sugar-free beverage to celebrate their meaningless award.", said Bloomberg, who then repeated the statement in some of the worse Spanish you've ever heard.

But don't tell the Mets this is a meaningless award. After completing the sweep of the Marlins on Sunday, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada led the team in the ceremonial passing of the cup, a tradition that dates all the way back to five minutes earlier when Tejada thought of it. Players took turns holding the coveted plastic cup and some even brought the cup into the stands so Mets fans could touch a piece of history.

As for the Marlins, they were clearly disappointed as well. "It was a missed opportunity.", said shortstop Jose Reyes. "To see those guys celebrating with the hurts almost as much as when they started trading away all my teammates."

Mets fans are getting into the act too. Fans began lining up at New York area Modells stores late last night when the company announced it would be receiving Souvenir Cup champions merchandise this morning.

The MLB is hoping the celebration adds a touch of excitement to the end of another lackluster Mets season, but more importantly gives fans a taste of what it might be like if this team ever wins an award that isn't entirely made up.

For now, we can only dream.

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1 comment:

  1. I love it..just make sure you get the MLB licensing "hologram" and they will be flying off the shelves at "New York, New York , Sports, Sports";)


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