The Patch ….

THE PATCH

THE PATCH

The Mets are getting roasted these days for the patch design they’ll wear on their uniform sleeves this season to commemorate their first year at Citi Field.

The criticisms range from a lack of flash to the failure to mention Citi Field by name. I think the fundamental flaw is it’s not something that would prompt anybody to buy it on a T-shirt or cap.

It’s quite simple, and prompts the basic question: What do you think?

13 thoughts on “The Patch ….

  1. If I could increase my font size to 1 million I would.

    L-A-M-E.

    I’m a reader of Paul Lukas’ uni watch blog. I like that stuff, it’s interesting to me. I don’t always agree with him, but he had a whole column devoted to it on ESPN.com Page 2. Here’s the link: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/090109&sportCat=mlb

    Within the article he shows a design that will be used on in-stadium sales only. (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/3174470956_e547c97ba0_o.png) Take off the Citi Field portion since jersey’s cannot have corporate names on them, and you get this (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1148/3174996260_69e59b864d_o.jpg). Now why they couldn’t put that on the sleeve is beyond me.

    In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter. They could be wearing bikini’s and if they won the World Series I’d be fine with it, but it just continues to show how they don’t “get it” with the fans. Whoever the marketing director is for the Mets should be fired. Too many lame and gimmicky stunts year after year.

    Lukas says it’s flat-out the worst MLB patch ever.

    I completely agree.

  2. The Wilpons show their love for the Mets by not even mentioning the team name on the patch. Disgraceful.
    The stadium picture not there? They should love it since its Ebbets Field.
    The name… Can’t blame them there. Citi bank is not a fan fave with all that bailout $$….
    Maybe this was really a patch for the Obama Inaug and they got it cheap when the PIC rejected it as too boring….

  3. It’s horrendous, but not as horrendous as the job the Wilpons are doing by not doing what it takes to put a championship team on the field. The Braves should never, repeat, NEVER be allowed to outbid the Mets for any player. I know, it’s difficult to call the Wilpons “cheap” when you have a 140 million payroll but let’s look at this closer….

    Pedro was signed to give the Mets a face of the franchise coming off an awful PR year of 2004 with the trading of Kazmir

    Beltran fell into their lap when the Yankees did not take Boras’s proposal

    Does anyone think the Mets would have actually signed Johan had he been a FA?

    What would have been wrong with Omar going after CC? Does it make a difference spending 20 mil on one great player or 20 mil on two o.k. players?

    If they really feel like Lowe is the answer to the rotation, then you can’t let the Braves beat you out for his services.

    With the MLB draft, the Mets always adhere to the commisioner’s “slotting,” instead of doing what most other teams with money do which is to draft and sign the best player that they think is available, NOT the player that best fits into their “slot.”

    I have to think the blame falls at the very top. And if Omar is the guy to blame for this, so be it.

    But no matter what, DO NOT sell us on a rotation of Santana/Maine/Pelfrey/Wolf/Redding….no way, not going to do.

  4. 5) Steve-I was as high on Lowe as anyone but you cannot give this guy a four year deal, much less one that is worth $60mm.

    It’s one thing to spend and overpay, but not on this guy.

    Re-sign Perez and add a bat.

  5. f I could increase my font size to 1 million I would.

    L-A-M-E.

    I’m a reader of Paul Lukas’ uni watch blog. I like that stuff, it’s interesting to me. I don’t always agree with him, but he had a whole column devoted to it on ESPN.com Page 2. Here’s the link: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/090109&sportCat=mlb

    Within the article he shows a design that will be used on in-stadium sales only. (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/3174470956_e547c97ba0_o.png) Take off the Citi Field portion since jersey’s cannot have corporate names on them, and you get this (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1148/3174996260_69e59b864d_o.jpg). Now why they couldn’t put that on the sleeve is beyond me.

    In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter. They could be wearing bikini’s and if they won the World Series I’d be fine with it, but it just continues to show how they don’t “get it” with the fans. Whoever the marketing director is for the Mets should be fired. Too many lame and gimmicky stunts year after year.

    Lukas says it’s flat-out the worst MLB patch ever.

    I completely agree.

  6. The patch sucks.
    Does any one else think it looks like the Dominos logo ?
    I hope Dominos sues for trademark infringement.

    The reason the name Citi Field is not mentioned on the patch is because baseball forbids corporate advertising on uniforms and hats.
    Except of course for the logo of the uniform and hat manufacturer.

  7. Scott (5) Good one! The patch could say Mets maybe or have a picture of the park. This patch could commemmorate the inaugural season of a shopping center.

  8. For some reason when I’m posting links they are not going through, I guess. Go to ESPN, Page 2 and find Paul Lukas’ column about this patch.

    It sums up how were are all feeling. Now, if the Mets wanted to play in bikinis and won the World Series, I’d say they should do so all the time, but from a marketing standpoint, this is just another in a long line of corny and/or cheap gimmicks.

    The patch is 100% the worst thing I’ve ever seen to commemorate something on an MLB jersey.

    In the Lukas piece, there is a logo that will be used on stadium-sold merchandise only. He also photoshops out the “Citi Field” at the top to show how the patch could have been for NY’s jersey.

    Instead they treated us to this…which is beyond pathetic.

  9. The in-stadium merchandise patch is way more appealing then this neutral piece of garbage …

  10. SUCKS

    That is what the patch should read.

    I know several people who can design a better logo in 1/2 an hour. Either the Wilpons are clueless or as the poster above suggested the marketing director should be fired ASAP.

    Lame, lame, lame.

    It says nothing. It’s insipid. It makes me sleepy.

    It is the inagural season of what? They started in 1962, so this is celebrating 2009 as the inagural season that happened 47 years ago?

    Aimless, clueless, useless.

  11. (12) Dave- You about summed it up, and as much as I love the Mets, it’s just another in a long line of lazy and/or corny slogans.

    “The Team, The Time, The Mets.” “2007 Mets Your Season Has Come.”

    That kinda crap is for AA teams in the Midwest, not a Major League team in NYC.