A blog that chronicles the mind-numbing actions of the New York Mets
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Mets swing and miss with bloggers
I applaud the Mets and their campaign to reach out to fans through social media. Many players are on Twitter (Ike joined this week), Sandy Alderson is on Twitter, and the Mets have hosted Social Media nights at Citi. Last night, the Mets hosted one of a few "Blogger Nights" that they have had this season. The team has selected several bloggers, whom they deem important enough, to be invited to the park, interact with players and management, and sit in the press box for the game. Interesting concept, right? When you're a blogger who is never invited to these events, you wonder why that is. Then you look at the invitees and their blogs, and quickly realize that many of the bloggers write in sub-standard English (you know, "the Mets need to address there catching situation. If your a Mets fan, your frustrated"), resort to profanity to make their points, and are decidedly negative about the team. Ahhh, but there's the answer! They invite the ones who rip them, to leverage access for a changed writing style. Does it work? Of course it does. But there's one more point. Many of these invited bloggers seldom buy tickets. They probably get a Mets t-shirt for the holidays. So the Mets extend the olive branch, and several high-value perks, to those who abuse them and can't, or won't, financially support the team. It's frustrating for me (and others with whom I've conversed-yes, you use "whom" in this context). I spend mega dollars on this team, write what I think is a fair blog, and get stiffed for my efforts. Final point, the bloggers who have been granted access have become insufferable. Their congeniality toward the rest of us has quickly turned to a condescending sneer.