Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mets To Expand Sleepover Promotion To Home Games In 2014

By all measures the Mets' recent sleepover promotion at Citi Field was a rousing success. Actually, the only measure the team uses is whether it makes money doing something and it did - so there.

If you're not familiar with the sleepover event let me enlighten you. 500 fans paid to be able to sleep on the outfield grass at Citi Field in Flushing. Their tickets entitled them to a dinner, a snack, and breakfast the next morning. The scoreboard in center field showed the Mets game as they were playing a night game in Arizona. It was followed by a movie.

Now sleeping on the outfield grass is not a totally new idea. There is evidence that Lucas Duda slept in right field during the 2012 season and in left this year. He likely is not sleeping on the field in Vegas lest he risk awaking with third degree burns on places one would prefer not be burnt.

Given the success of the sleepover promotion, the Mets plan to do it twice more in 2014 but this time during home games. Now it could be tricky both for the outfielders and the patrons what with fielders having to skirt around prone customers on the grass. And the fans in the field will be in some danger of getting conked with line drive hits, but what a story that would make for. Talk about a buzz.

And as for the scoreboard - should the Mets game not be interesting (usually defined as one not started by Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler) they'll pipe in a game from elsewhere to keep the fans on the outfield grass entertained. The movies that will be shown after the games are "Angels in the Outfield" and "Ponzi'd: The Bernie Madoff Story".

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Follow Larry on Twitter @dr4sight.

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