Right as Mets spring training officially got underway this week an unwanted sight for Mets ownership erected – a billboard stating “Fred, Jeff & Saul – Ya gotta leave” went up on a nearby highway in Port St. Lucie.
It’s no secret ownership hasn’t been beloved by the fans for some time now. There is a strong disconnect between themselves and the fan base. And while it’s become quite clear they love owning the franchise, the feeling isn’t exactly mutual.
Mets fan Gary Palumbo took his protest one step further than most. He started a kickstarter campaign to raise money in order to create these billboards encouraging ownership to sell the team. When I first saw this on twitter I laughed it off. Figured it was just a guy who came up with this idea at the bar one night with his buddies and was probably half serious about it. Sure enough once the campaign started he quickly found out he wasn’t the only fan who shared these feelings.
With an original goal of raising $5,000 he has surpassed that with $6,714 to this point. Meaning fans will be seeing multiple of billboards surrounding Queens this summer.
It’s hard for Jeff, Fred and Saul to receive any sort of sympathy. After all, it’s hard for anyone to feel bad for a group of Millionaires. But, if they tuned in to ‘Better Call Saul’ a few weeks ago, they might have found a way to earn some goodwill…
Not that I would ever expect to see this happen. But I sure would love to see Saul Katz (has anyone ever seen this man do an interview?) give this a try.
The only real solution to this problem is to win. If the Mets are winning ballgames this season than this will become nothing more than background noise. Nobody hopes that is the case more than Jeff, Fred and Saul.