Who would have thought that a simple $40 investment for a foldable poster board, ruler, pencils, letter stencils and paint markers would turn into such a media frenzy? Not me.
Just 7 nights ago I worked on this big ass 4x3 foot sign for close to 4 hours. It sure as shit doesn't look like much but it took forever. I watched one hell of a basketball come from behind win by the Mavericks against the Heat as I patiently filled in each penciled out letter with blue and orange. When I finally finished up and headed to bed I never imagined that just 24 hours later the publicity shit would hit the fan.
Friday night rolled around and I headed to Citi with my sign tucked nicely under my arm. I got off the train and strolled to McFaddens for multiple cold Budweisers and headed in just in time for the first pitch. We chatted it up with our boy Kevin Burkhardt for a bit and he mentioned on Twitter that SNY would most likely show us on the tube. How could they not? Their were anywhere between 400-800 Reyes supporters hanging on the Shea Bridge cheering on #7 and chanting for him even while he was in the field. It was a great feeling knowing that I was somewhat behind this Don't Trade Reyes movement. When I put up the tshirt graphic on Facebook to get fan reactions I never thought it would turn into this. Again a huge thank you to Donna Bauer, Maria Corvino Valentino and Mary Shannon for posting the event on Facebook, making the fliers and organizing the night. Not taking complete credit for the trade hype but having hundreds of people in your tshirts helps push the topic along rather quickly. Everyone noticed us, it was the talk of the stadium and SNY.
Saturday rolled around and we got some mentions around the internet and on CBS radio 880. Reyes himself was interviewed by ESPN and he said he could hear us loud and clear.
On Sunday the sign hit the New York Post and I headed back to Citi for the final game against the Braves. Of course brought the sign with me for some hopeful round 2 exposure. I actually forgot it and had to back track to my apartment to pick it up on the way to Citi. Good thing I did... you know the rest... if you don't READ THIS.
That night ended with my removal/ejection/tossing from the stadium and resulted in an insane amount of coverage bringing even more attention to the fans perspective of the Don't Trade Reyes movement and The 7 Line.
Monday morning was ridiculous. I was woken up at around 6:45am by 1010 Wins radio calling for a few quotes, heard about the two page spread photo in the Daily News and followed that with Boomer & Carton talking about the incident for close to 10 minutes.
Check it out:
Boomer & Carton
Sports Illustrated Hot Clicks
New Yorker Magazine
CBS New York
Wall Street Journal
Those are a few of the ones that I remember. The story has been EVERYWHERE. It was never my intention to get kicked out of the stadium. Anyone who knows me can attest to my laid back attitude and easy going personality. Either way it happened and the Mets ended up giving me "more mileage" as Carton put it, by kicking me out. So I guess I have to say thank you to them for that.
I wrapped up today with a visit from SNY and Mets Weekly (who haven't Tweeted since SEPTEMBER?). The segment should air in about a week and I will of course keep you posted on that. Thanks for coming by guys, it was fun!
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