It has been a slow time for the Mets and will likely continue to be that way until January when the arbitration period begins. I was at the mall this morning. Just browsing. For those who haven’t finished your Christmas shopping and are looking for something for a Mets’ fan, there is no shortage of things you can buy.
The first thing I would get if I were shopping for a Mets’ fan is the obvious choice, and that’s tickets. Individual game tickets are available. The next would be a trip to Port St. Lucie for spring training. The chance for autographs is probably the first two weeks. There are no games and you can usually get players entering the facility in the morning and during breaks in the workouts when they are on the back fields.
No guarantees, of course, but after years of watching spring training that’s a decent bet. Once the games start, if the team is on the road, players who didn’t make the trip stay back can usually be had.
After the experience of the seeing the Mets, the gift choices range from the obvious to the outrageous.
There are T-shirts, sweatshirts, jersey tops, jackets and more varieties of caps than you can imagine. I haven’t seen a Mets logo on shoes, but I probably didn’t look hard enough.
Of course, there are books, calendars, and videos. Hopefully, I’ll have a book for you this time next year. I’ve been working on a few ideas and you can bet I’ll give you a taste here.
I’ve seen jewelry, from watches to bracelets to earrings. It would be nice to gift the players championship rings, but those are earned and not given.
Among the more unusual gifts are cooking related. There’s something for grilling where you can flip your burgers and steaks with a spatula with the Mets’ logo. I think there’s even one where you can imprint the logo on pancakes. Of course, there are cups and mugs.
I’ve seen Mets’ ornaments, a Mets Pez dispenser, rugs and blankets, and collars for your dog. I think you can even get a food bowl for your best friend bearing the logo.
This is a little off course, but you can even order a coffin or urn for ashes bearing the Mets’ logo. That’s another story, obviously.
In the interim, pleasant shopping. And, when you’re out in the stores and see something odd bearing the Mets’ logo, give me a shout.