Monday, September 16, 2019

Mets Security on Sunday 9/15/19

I personally didn't have a problem with getting into security walking into the Rotunda Gates. Two minutes to get into the ballpark with security being courteous while wanding. This is a huge turn around from what I have been dealing with when I have come to games in the last few months and from the shit show on Friday night. BUT...But.. Before I heap praise upon these Mets, a fellow fan who Saturday Night had a good experience with security had a really crappy one.

So if I had $100 in single dollar bills in my pocket, I have to remove it when they say take all metal out of pockets. Since Mickey Mouse was in the house last night, maybe he could have taught some of the security guards who don't get it how Disney's security handles 100,000s of folks daily going in and out the various gates at the theme parks that they own.

Mickey Mouse throws out The First Pitch at the Mets Game

Last night on a 7pm start for Sunday Night Baseball had Mickey Mouse throwing out a first pitch.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mets Game Notes 9/15/19

I went to the Mets game last night. Security edition.

I went to the Mets game last night and was dreading going through security. While I was hanging with friends at the MTA lot listening to their stories about dealing with security issues the whole last week. One of the things I didn't hear about until yesterday was that the security staff opened up cigarette packs and removed the cigarettes by hand without wearing gloves. That's out of control there. I still can't get over that they supposedly tried to pat down a toddler. 

I went to get on line at 6pm. I wanted to give myself an hour to get in just in case. I got inside the stadium in 3 minutes. Yes. 3 minutes. I don't know what was different yesterday vs. Friday night but the security wasn't invasive to me at all. I was shocked. Outright Shocked. 

Let's check out Twitter:

You can't walk in any gate? Since when?

What changed?

Good job Mets with pivoting last night and making it easier to get in. The security staff seemed more cordial and polite to the fans entering the ballpark.
I heard a few different things about Friday night. From the Security Union's contract is ending after this season and also the MLB did a security audit on
Friday night which through the security staff into a tizzy. Anyone hear anything about this? With the way everything looked on Friday night, I really think
that they might not have passed. I am going again tonight and we'll see how it looks tonight. Hopefully last night's trend continues.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mets Game Notes, Roster Moves, and Line Up 9/14/19

ROSTER NOTE: The Mets selected LHP Donnie Hart from Syracuse (AAA). He will wear #68. The Mets designated RHP Eric Hanhold for assignment.

Saturday, September 14
vs. Los Angeles (NL)

Amed Rosario – SS
J.D. Davis – LF
Jeff McNeil – RF
Pete Alonso – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
Robinson Canó – 2B
Todd Frazier – 3B
Juan Lagares – CF
Jacob deGrom – RHP

@mets. Besides all the security issues and lines, how do you run out of Free Shirt Friday Shirts.

Hi. We are the New York Mets. We instituted a backpack ban to speed up the lines, make it safer to
attend a Mets game, and to make the ballpark experience more convenient. In what is known as a
LOLMets moment, the Mets have now made it less convenient, slower moving, I don't know about
the safety but I do know that I don't think I feel safe with the lines that are out of control out of the 
front of the ballpark. The Mets are not making this easy on us fans security wise.

My next question is, how do you run out of tee shirts for "all" fans when you know that you have over 40,000
seats in your ballpark. I don't get the thought process. When you guys ordered these shirts were you like, "eh. we'll be out of the hunt. Attendance will be down. We only need 25-35 thousand shirts."

More @mets security gripes.

Remember the Mets banned backpacks to make the experience of getting into the stadium quicker and more convenient.I just see it getting harder and harder to get in. The Mets are in a wildcard hunt and fans should be enjoying going to games and not having to deal with this nonsense. Gothamist has a story about it from May. Read it here.

Comment on FB page

Stacks Edwards Last night , i had to take my hat off, cash out of my pocket and hold it out in front of everyone Then i was constantly wanded over and over lol i mean its a joke i said i fly to California and i get checked less. Then i had to lift up my jersey and show my belt buckle. I asked a security guy i know inside he says hes not sure but they have a problem with people sneaking in liquor, im like whattttt? But hes not sure if the two are combined. Geez at least if they were checking for weapons, but noooo they wanna make sure u dont sneak in booze lol

An email to the Mets from a reader-

Hello Mets,
 My wife and I were very excited to go to tonight's Mets game against the Dodgers. We then saw all the pictures, videos and complaints about the lines getting in last night on the Media Goon Website, Keith Blacknick twitter feed, Mets Police Website and twitter feed. Horrifying. You checked a woman's sunglass case and a pouch where she keeps her birth control pills and tampons? You patted down a toddler? Are you kidding me? You need to rethink this. People were waiting in line for well over an hour? The terrorists have won already.
My wife also had a bad security experience from last Sunday. She is weeks away from 60. What a threat she must be. You made her angry and she never gets angry. Your security guard started to open up her wallet and opened her glasses case. My wife said she was not friendly.  I wrote about it in my game survey. We have decided not to go tonight. The security hassle and lines are not worth it. The Mets better wake up. You are understaffed and some of your security people are unfriendly and overzealous. Maybe that is the type of security you want. Well us customers will vote with our wallets. Instead of the Mets game today we are going to Belmont Park where you can just walk in. No crazy security guards, metal detectors or long lines. 

My wife and I  bought a 20 game Sunday plan for next year. Please change your security methods. Also have more staffing. As my grandfather would say I must have rocks in my head for buying anything from the Mets. If you don't change things we will not attend. I will chalk it up as a life lesson.  

Thanks JS

Mets. This is what I warned you about for months. Security sucks. You lost me as a half season plan holder. I am staying with my 7Line seats only because those are my friends and family. You guys have really made this a crappy experience for all. I am attending today's game. Will be going to tomorrow's game. I can't wait to see this experience today and tomorrow first hand.

Will the Mets issue an apology for the line's to get into last nights game?

The scenario that I have foreseen and was bitching about for a while now has been
 the jerkiness of the MetsSecurity Staff. I have posted about it over and over and over 
again. From them wearing their stupid wannabe tactical vests to the attitudes of the staff 
itself, it has not been good. The Mets banned backpacks in the middle of the year in the 
guise that it was for the fans convenience, safety, and to make the lines move faster. Security is now 
rifling through every pocket in bags, in every pocketbook/wristlet. You have keys? They are going to 
look at those too. They are going to pull your things that you have folded nicely out of your bags and 
then make you rush to jam it back in. They have checked through tampons, birth control pills, and even 
supposedly tried to pat down a toddler.A TODDLER!! Mets what the hell is going on. You have already 
alienated me. I am not renewing my 1/2 season plan.You are on the verge of alienating my good, good 
friend MJ who was the Mets fan of the year a few years ago. Now you have even made diehard  fan NY1
reporter Roger Clark say that he is never coming back to a game. What the F is going on with you guys?
 Is this how you are going to treat fans from now on? Your security staff is making the TSA look like
Disney cast members. Is there going to be an apology to the fans that got there in plenty of time to get 
inside the gates and watch the game by 7:10 pitch? It really might be time for you guys to reevaluate 
your procedures before you have zero fans coming to the ballpark.

Oh and Btw look what Great American Ball Park is doing for folks with backpacks.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Tonight's @Mets security/entry lines at @Citifield. OH BOY(They tried to pat down a toddler?)

You guys might have thought I was nuts talking about security here and why I am not going to renew my tickets. Here is what I have been dreading and expecting to happen. The backpack ban was supposed so bring the line times down for safety. This doesn't look safe to me now. This looks like a potential target.


It sure can seem that way.

I wonder if this might make NY1 news.

No lines? I see pics that prove otherwise Mets.

Mets security has broken Roger Clark now.

Wait. The Mets said that there were no lines.

They tried to pat down a toddler?.

This is a post from yesterday with the over aggressiveness of the security staff. click here.

My Mets security rabbit hole post. Click here.

New Mets Survey.

Just got this survey last night. Let's see what some of the questions are:

I give it an 8. 

I think they can do more with the signage. It's good but not great. You can see folks that don't know how to navigate the ballpark get confused.

Pace of play sucks

The parking staff gets confused very easily in the main lot.

You guys know my thoughts on this. I feel safe but the security guards have been acting very jerky lately.

The Ford "machine" challenge sucks.

Mets have woken up and the team has been fun since ASG break.

Choices are good. The staff seems like they don't care about working in some of the kiosks

50/50 shot of having a good experience. 25/75 shot of having good experience with security.

These are all good.

This is a clusterf*ck trying to leave at night. I know it's more the NYPD setting up the traffic patterns but it sucks when you try to leave. The parking staff don't help.

Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman signing their book at Citi Field Sunday

I hear that there is a Queens Baseball Convention mention in the book.

Meet Pete Alonso at T-Mobile in Times Square today.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mets Game Notes 9/12/19

More fun times with @Mets fans and @citifield Security

He sent this to his rep. I also sent this to the the folks I know at @citifield.

Hi Jimmy --

Was hoping to actually track you down at the game tonight. For the first time, after attending about 40 games this season, I was required to throw out my extra AAA headphone batteries at the RF Gate. These cost at least $20. The season ticket table just asked me to email you regarding this incident, as batteries are not on the banned list. The people at the gate told me this policy has been in place "since the John Rocker days" which is surprising since this is not listed on the Mets security policies published on Am hoping you could help clarify and rectify this.


Then Hard emailed me this.

 I was at the fan services window.they called over a security supervisor who apologized, and for the lines about John Rocker, and that I should feel lucky to bring in a laptop at all because you can't at yankee stadium (he said that too!). Supervisor said he's going to talk to them.
Bummer cause i have no idea how we're up 5-0. 
There is definitely a problem with who you are hiring Mets.

Pete Alonso gets it. MLB doesn't.

Pete Alonso. I tried not to fall under your sway. You seem to be too good to be true. From donating part of your winnings 
from the HR Derby to wanting to do something special to remember the heroes and the victims of 9/11. 
You stepped up. @metspolice and I have been yelling for years about wearing the caps. Folks have rallied 
behind this also. Pete, you sidestepped the rules to show reverence to this tragic day. I give you credit for this.  
A lot of credit. Good job.

@Mets score 9 runs on 11 hits on 9/11

This is so weird that this happened.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mets Game Notes 9/11/19

@Mets fans want the Mets Players to wear First Responder Caps during game. Willing to play any fines for players.

If you look over at, you know every year Shannon tells the Mets that they should wear the first responder caps. When I was writing over there I did the same thing. I do it here too. NYers are so passionate about this that they are willing to start up a gofundme to pay the fines of any players who wear the caps. MLB let the Astros wear NASA caps, why can't the Mets wear NYPD, FDNY, PAPD, DSNY, and other first responder caps. This is where the Mets org and players should make a stand.

I also just tweeted at Todd Frazier

Let's go down the @Mets security rabbit hole at Citi Field.

This is the tweet that started it all tonight. Got the text from my sister. I get 9/11 is today, but the security issues have been going on for a while. The backpack ban was supposed to move the lines and  be better for the fans. This all sounds like crap to me. 

Do the Mets have any credible threats being reported to them? Are fans in danger? 
Should they be telling us?

Mets. What is is the policy here? Who is training these guys?

Security have been acting jerky before this week I get what Chalula is saying though. If this was the only few days stuff like this happened, I get it.

Security guard doesn't know what airbuds are? Come on. Training.

One more tweet then I am going to emails.

Here's one email from a plan holder that renewed his tickets

This past Sunday my wife was at the bag check. The security woman was poking around in her bag and she lifted my wife's wallet out. She asked what is this? She started to try to open it and examine it. My wife said it is a wallet what do you think it is? The security lady then opened my wife's glasses case. She has very expensive glasses. I was waiting near the ticket taker when she was at the check bag table. She looked upset when she got to me. I asked her what is wrong? She told me the story and she thought the security lady was rude and unfriendly. I said lets find a supervisor or go inside to Mets customer service. She said no just forget it. I could tell it bothered her. 
This was Sunday. I have been to other venues. MSG, Jones Beach, Barclays Center, and you know what? Almost every time I had an interaction with Security going in was pleasant. If i pinged because of my belt there was a joke showed them the belt and then they were satisfied made another joke about it and went on my way. Not with the Mets security these days. A lot of them have just been acting jerky. And if you guys think this was just because of this week, here are some posts from last month.

Security Problems August 28th- Click here

Mets Security Close off Shea Bridge after games. Start Setting up in Bot of 8th-Aug 26- Click here

Mets Security Guards wearing NY METS SECURITY BRANDED looking tactical vests Aug 26 -Click here

Mets Security being jerky to fans at a signing- Aug 23rd - Click here

Mets staff/security issues Aug 20th(Incident happened on July 7th)- Click here.

You guys might think I am crazy but if enough of this is going on to other folks there is something that needs to be fixed at the ballpark. I am not condemning the security aspect of a crowd going to venues where there is a possibility of stuff happening. I am condemning the way it is being implemented.

This happened outside of an arena. When? When a ton of folks we're leaving. 

Here's what some venues are doing also.