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Thanks for the link, Matt.August 21, 2012 August 19, 2012
I did this video a week ago but was on vacation and unable to post it at this time.August 11, 2012
I’m a little late with this but FYI…
From the Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., August 6, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced that Pat LaFrieda of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors will introduce his Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich to the public at Citi Field tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7 when the Mets host the Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m.
The original LaFrieda family recipe features hand-cut 100% black angus seared filet mignon topped with Monterey jack cheese and sweet caramelized onions, served with a secret au jus on a custom-made and toasted French baguette (see attached photo).
The sandwich will be available in LaFrieda Meats’ own stand in Taste of the City on the Field Level behind the centerfield scoreboard near section 139. This officially marks LaFrieda Meats’ first and only retail location. Prior to Citi Field, LaFrieda’s steak sandwich was only available to lucky family and friends.
“We are honored to be the first public venue to sell Pat’s signature sandwich,” said Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer, Mets. “Pat, with his long family history in the meat world, well-respected work ethic and choice of quality meats, is a perfect addition to the All-Star lineup of world-renowned restaurateurs and chefs at Citi Field.”
“Partnering with the New York Mets to bring our steak sandwich to the fans at Citi Field is a dream come true for our family,” says Pat LaFrieda. “While at a game recently, I noticed a great steak sandwich was the only thing missing from the phenomenal food line-up, and thought our LaFrieda family recipe would be a perfect fit. We are honored to be able to open our first retail location at the home of the Mets where the Pat LaFrieda Original Filet Mignon Sandwich will take its place amongst the superior quality of food at one of New York City’s most iconic venues.”
Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors will also supply Citi Field’s Delta Sky360 Club and Acela Club.
LaFrieda, known as the “Magician of Meat,” owns and operates New York City’s most prestigious and valued meat packing facility, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, which supplies the finest restaurants in NYC, DC, Philadelphia, Ohio, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and more. His family stars in the reality show “Meat Men” on The Food Network, which debuted in April. The third generation meat supplier is famous for its aged steak program and over 50 custom hamburger blends. LaFrieda is the mastermind behind such burgers as the famous “Black Label Burger” and aged steaks at Minetta Tavern (the reigning haute burger in NYC), as well as signature custom blends at hot spots such as Shake Shack, Spotted Pig, Union Square Café, and Blue Smoke.August 8, 2012
RA Dickey may be one of the most unorthodox pitchers in baseball, but there is no denying his dominance this season. Although the Mets continue to unravel, the crafty 37-year-old still offers consistency atop the rotation. Though his numbers have slipped since the All-Star break, he still leads the team with a 14-2 record. He also ranks second in the National League with 123 strikeouts in 146 innings, holding opposing players to a .222 average in 22 starts. At SeatGeek, an online ticket search engine, we wanted to see how Dickey’s presence has impacted Mets ticket prices. By comprehensively tracking ticketing data from the entire season thus far, we were able to uncover this and other interesting information about Dickey’s influence across the secondary market.
Below is a summary of our findings:
The average ticket to a 2012 New York Mets home game on the secondary market through the first 2/3 of the season is $71.79. This is 17% more than last year’s $61.42 average ticket price during the same period. The $71.79 average is also over $10 or 18% more than the $59.41 average secondary market ticket price for all remaining MLB games this season.
In Dickey’s 11 home starts this season, tickets are averaging $79.21 on secondary market sites. From April 7 to May 17, the knuckleballer started four home games, which averaged just $58.86—well below the team’s season ticket price average. Since his May 27th start against the San Diego Padres, however, prices have soared to $88.26. This 50% spike in just over two months is likely related to Dickey’s dominance leading up to the All-Star Break. RA went 5-0 during this stretch, fanning 62 in 53.1 innings, bringing his season ERA down to 2.40.
The most expensive game RA Dickey threw at home this season was against the New York Yankees on June 24th. The game pit the Mets ace against CC Sabathia, and fans responded by shelling out an average of $126.85 to see the matchup, making it the priciest home game on the team’s schedule this year with the exception of Opening Day. It is also the most expensive since May 22, 2010 when tickets to see the Mets at home against the Yankees averaged $136.08.
Interestingly, tickets to see fellow Mets starter and former ace Johan Santana are the lowest among all pitchers in the team’s shorthanded rotation. Despite throwing a perfect game this season and posting a winning record at Citi Field, his presence has not had a significant impact on average ticket prices. In fact, when he takes the mound, tickets sell for an average of $56.81 on the secondary market. This is 26% lower than the Mets season ticket average and 39% less than what fans pay when RA Dickey starts.
On another Dickey-unrelated note, the New York Mets also have the highest average home ticket prices in the National League East, which may surprise many considering the team ranks 16th in the majors in fan attendance. However, New York’s $71.79 ticket price average is 30% higher than that of the Philadelphia Phillies and 130% more than what tickets for Marlins games average.
Here is a breakdown of average home game ticket prices across the NL East:
|Team||Average Home Game Ticket Price|
|New York Mets||$71.79|
From The Mets:
FLUSHING, NY – Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and New York City today unveiled the official logo of the 2013 All-Star Game, which will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16th.
Those in attendance for today’s unveiling at Citi Field, before the Club’s evening game against the Miami Marlins, included Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon; Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Business, Timothy Brosnan; the First Deputy Mayor of New York City, the Honorable Patricia E. Harris; Mets manager Terry Collins, who was a National League coach at this year’s All-Star Game in Kansas City; three Mets All-Stars: six-time Midsummer Classic participant David Wright, 2012 N.L. All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and four-time All-Star left-hander Johan Santana; and former Mets All-Stars Ron Darling, John Franco, Dwight Gooden and Keith Hernandez.
The official logo of Baseball’s 84th Midsummer Classic is reflective of the primary mark that has represented the Mets throughout their history. Shaped within a baseball with orange stitching, the logo features a bridge against the backdrop of a blue New York City skyline, symbolic of the City’s five boroughs.
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “Major League Baseball is proud to partner with the New York Mets on their first All-Star Game in 49 years and the first at their spectacular new home. We look forward to celebrating not only New York City’s great National League tradition but all the best of the national pastime with the loyal fans of the Mets.”
Fred Wilpon, CEO of the Mets, said: “We look forward to our fans, all New Yorkers and baseball fans from across the country enjoying the series of events celebrating baseball’s best leading up to the Midsummer Classic.”
“Major League Baseball hit a home run when they chose to hold the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Incorporating our city’s iconic skyline into the logo highlights that the game will be played on the world’s biggest stage.”
The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the second time that the Mets, who are commemorating their 50th anniversary in 2012, will host the Midsummer Classic. Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 All-Star Game, a 7-4 National League victory that featured 21 participating Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, as well as two of MLB’s Executive Vice Presidents, Frank Robinson and Joe Torre. (Highlights of the 1964 All-Star Game at Shea Stadium are available here, courtesy of MLB Productions: http://atmlb.com/JjiQ9W.) It will be the ninth All-Star Game in Baseball history to be played in New York City, which is the most of any host city.July 30, 2012
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