Dickey is awesome. He’s such a fun player to root for. He’s a smart guy, he truly cares and appreciates the game. He’s finally finding success after a middling career. So why aren’t the Mets promoting more gear with his name on it? Even without the puns? Sure, you can customize stuff online, but that’s not the same as being able to walk into the Mets shop and buy a variety of Dickey jerseys and gear. The Mets also don’t get the same profits due to revenue sharing if it’s personalized and bought online compared to in their shops. This niche does get filled, but it’s filled via third party retailers like the7line.com
The same could be said for Pagan. This team needs to get better at embracing fan favorites, even if they’re not the best players on the team or signed to long term contracts. Joe Smith came up and had a good April and fans were excited. I’m sure some would’ve bought a shirt. Pedro Feliciano was a reliever, but he was a very good one and he’d been here long enough that maybe some fans would’ve wanted to honor that.
Have some fun with it. Make a promotion out of it. Declare it Dickey day. It would be similar to the foam fingers the Mets made that said “Make Wright #1” as part of an All-Star campaign. It’s quirky and a bit silly, but it’s also fun and harmless attention. Give out halos, or free Angel Pagan t-shirts, and have an “Angels in the outfield” promotion.
Addendum: Modells had a huge online sale a couple of weeks ago. (Mets Police
, via Media Goon
, notes a sale on jerseys today) So I purchased items you won’t find at Citi Field. I got myself a Pagan jersey (The new cream alternate from last year), and a blue Dickey name and number shirt. Also, an “I Like Ike” shirt, because..well you know. In addition to this I bought two shirts for my wife.