The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves went into Tuesday’s MLB action separated by just one game in the NL East standings. And with just eight games left in the regular season, the two teams have plenty of meaningful baseball left — including a three-game series in Atlanta.
The Marlins, on the other hand, don’t have anything close to meaningful baseball. But you didn’t expect the marketing team to resort to straight-up desperation.
Fans who had recently purchased tickets for games at LoanDepot Park received a promotional email on Tuesday that was oddly targeting a New York Mets audience. The sales pitch was to buy tickets to root against the Braves in the season-ending series starting Oct. 3.
Fans that have recently purchased tickets through the Marlins received an email today from the team that included a message:
“Calling all Mets fans” to buy tickets and root against the Braves in the final series of the season
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) September 27, 2022
It doesn’t get much more pitiful than that.
The obvious flaw in the email is that they won’t find many Mets fans on a Marlins mailing list, and the Mets also have games against the Nationals at roughly the same time from Oct. 3-5. What diehard Mets fan is going to watch Braves-Marlins in person over their own team’s crucial series? Not many!
The Marlins have the second worst attendance in baseball, so that ticket department knows there isn’t much to lose by trying to appeal to a different fanbase. Well, except their dignity — they lost that, judging from the reaction across MLB Twitter.