Friday, April 2, 2010

Send In The Clowns....

Yeah, yeah, yeah....I haven't forgotten about the blog. It's just that, well, honestly and truly, I just had and have very little interest in the 2009/2010-to-come version of the New York Mets, and grew a little tired of posting only negative things about (she spat contemptuously).

Anyway, I saw something the other day that just made me hafta comment.

I was channel surfing the other evening, and happened across a Met spring training game being played in Tradition Field. Which reminds me; why do the Mets have to steal EVERY idea from the Yankees? You know, of course, the Yankee spring training home is called "Legends Field." I guess the Mets just had to have a meaningful name for their spring training home, as well. But "Tradition Field?" I'm not sure about you, but I'm mightily concerned about pretty much any and all Mets traditions, including, but not limited to, players that can't seem to stay healthy, ever; management that makes absolutely awful decisions; lousy trades that for some unfathomable reason are often repeated...with the same player (need I mention names here?); managers that can't deal with the heat of the New York press and/or the heat of the New York fans; managers that can't speak coherent sentences, let alone words; managers that wear funny glasses; managers named Jerry Manuel... and.... well... others.

But I digress, as my friend The Coop often says. What brought about this particular post, as I started to say in the last paragraph, was the occasion of my viewing a glimpse of the Met spring training game at Tradition Field the other evening, where I happened to notice the Send In The Clowns logo sign in the outfield.

And I just had to laugh...I really did.

I had to wonder; was it some kind of subconscious masochistic impetus on the part of the Met "braintrust" in the choosing of this particular sponsor in the last few years? Was it a half-hearted effort to be funny? Was it a sad commentary on the state of things in Flushing? Was it stupidity (which gets my vote)? Or was it, rather, a coincidence? Which I really don't believe in. Coincidences, that is. And the Mets, as well, sad to say.

And the fact that apparently, Send In The Clowns has been a sponsor of the Mets for at least a year or so now, and I did not even know it - in fact, I just noticed the sign the other day. Pretty sad, and pretty telling, of my lack of interest in the Mets over the past year or so. Used to be in the day I could name every Mets sponsor off the top of my head, in alphabetical order, with the locations of the various brand logos in the stadium, when their ads would appear in the broadcasts, both radio and TV, and how long it would take Bob Murphy to transform the pronunciation of Manufacturers Hanover Trust into Manufacturers Handover Trust, which I always thought, and still do, would be a pretty funny but accurate name for a bank. Handover, indeed.

So, Send In The Clowns. We shall shortly see them every stinking day once the 2010 season begins. It's indeed become a circus at Citifield, where we Send In The Clowns, rev up the circus, and ride the merry-go-round, around and around again, expecting to get somewhere. It's rather like having one foot nailed to the ground, and furiously attempting to run with the other. And not knowing any better, or being able to stop.

Bozo and Homey The Clown ain't got nuttin' on the Citifield version, that's for sure.

Send In The Clowns, and let the games begin.


Coop said...

I knew I could count on your for some funny commentary! However, I hate to sound nit-picky, but Tradition is the name of the development corporation that actually developed the "gated community" of Tradition, hence the name of Tradition Field. I know, it sounds like a desperate attempt to emulate the Yankees. I assure you, 'tis not! But that's why they had to sell the naming rights once again. Kind of like "I'm calling it Shea," I'm still calling it Thomas J White Municipal Stadium. Love, the Coop!

Deb said...

Yeah, well, do you really believe that? Really? REALLY? LOL Because, as we know, Coop, nothing is as it really seems with the Mets, is it? *Twilight Zone music playing in the background...*