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Mets wore cowboy outfits for their road trip to Houston (Pictures)

The Mets completed a series in Colorado over the weekend and decided to dress up with a Western theme for their flight to Houston. The players wore cowboy outfits, and pitcher R.A. Dickey seemed to have the best time of all. Dressed as a sheriff, he shared the pictures you see above on his Twitter account. On the left he’s with the outlaw Johan Santana, and on the right he’s sticking up catcher Mike Nickeas.

Below are several other players in their cowboy outfits:

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Terry Collins admits the Mets still don’t know some of their own signs

If the Mets opponents have managed to steal some of their signals this season, they are doing a better job of memorizing than the Mets themselves. To the  casual viewer, it would appear that Terry Collins is not a fan of the hit-and-run. Through 18 games this season, the Mets have barely used it. However, that is not because Collins never calls for it. The Mets simply haven’t mastered their own signs yet.

“That’s not necessarily true,” Collins said Thursday morning when a reporter pointed out that he never calls for a hit-and-run. “We’ve missed a few signs. There’s a few secrets that aren’t out there yet. That’s why I’m not worried about the other team (stealing our signs), because we haven’t got them (down) yet.”

That sounds like a Mets problem. Collins added that he has had to change the signs a couple of times to simplify them since his players have missed two squeeze bunt signs in multiple hit-and-runs.

So basically if you’re an opposing player who manages to steal a signal off the Mets, you’re further along with their coaching staff than their own players are.

H/T Hardball Talk
Photo credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Shake Shack delivers burgers to Mets clubhouse after Braves sweep (Picture)

When your team kicks off the season with a three-game sweep of a division rival, you do your best to keep them happy. What’s the best way to keep 25 grown men happy after they just delivered on the field for three games? Greasy fast food burgers is a start. On Sunday after their 7-5 victory over Atlanta, City Field’s Shake Shack outlet did their best to congratulate the Mets. Rumor has it the Shake Shack is in high demand at Citi Field, but the photo above that Mets team chef Theresa Corderi tweeted shows us that the restaurant took the time to ship over a tray of fresh burgers to the winning team.

I’m sure the team appreciated it after all the hard work they put in, but as the Red Sox can tell you fast food during and after games isn’t the best way to sustain winning. The Shake Shack should probably just make this an April thing. Then again, crap food seems to work just fine for Justin Verlander.

H/T Big League Stew
Photo credit: The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Mets are offering $2.50 tickets as 50th anniversary throwback special

As most of you know, the Mets are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a franchise this season. As even more of you know, the Mets are not expected to have a very good year. They have struggled the last few seasons and expectations are low for 2012. How low? So low that New York is offering $2.50 tickets for Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. As if that wasn’t enough of a value buy in itself, the starting pitching match-up is expected to be Johan Santana vs. Stephen Strasburg.

On the surface this looks like a fan appreciation move or a blast from the past, but you have to consider what has transpired over the past couple of weeks. After it appeared as though the Mets would fall short of an Opening Day sellout for the first time since 1997, pleasant weather and successful walk-up sales helped the team avoid embarrassment. Phew.

The Red Sox are celebrating their 100th anniversary this season and are off to a brutal start, but I’d be willing to be about 100 $2.50 tickets that they won’t be running a special like this at Fenway Park this year.

New York did, however, begin the season with a three-game sweep of the Braves. Maybe we’re all wrong about the 2012 Mets. Perhaps the $2.50 tickets are just a way for the front office to show the fans how much they care. Maybe they’ll win the N.L. East and quiet all the critics. Stranger things have happened, right? Yeah, not really.

Photo credit: The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Mets still have ‘several thousand’ tickets available for Opening Day against Braves

Remember the days when an Opening Day game between the Mets and Braves was all you could ask for? Two of the National League’s most exciting teams — even if one of them is a perennial heart breaker — squaring off to signal the official end of winter and the return of our favorite past time. At Shea Stadium, Opening Day sellouts were the norm. The Mets sold out their first two home openers at Citi Field, but unless something changes that streak may end on Thursday.

According to the NY Post, Mets executive vice president of business operations Dave Howard says ‘several thousand’ tickets remain available for New York’s game against Atlanta on Thursday. He remains optimistic that they can still sell out the 41,800-seat stadium, however.

“I think we have got a chance,” Howard said. “Tickets have been selling well, and since Johan (Santana) was announced as our starting pitcher it has given us a surge of energy. We have a shot at selling out. If not, we’ll be close to it.”

Howard says the Mets will need solid sales Tuesday and Wednesday with about 2,000 to 4,000 walk-ups on Thursday in order to sell out. If they don’t, it would be the first time a Mets home opener failed to sell out since 1997. The cheapest ticket for the game right now is $40, which may have to come down if all the seats are going to be filled. #NewYorkMetsProblems

Photo credit: Brian J. Myers-US PRESSWIRE

Mets get ‘Underdog’ t-shirts courtesy of Jeff Wilpon (Picture)

If there’s any team in baseball that fits the underdog description, it is without question a franchise playing in the country’s largest media market. Yup, the New York Mets are easily one of the biggest underdog franchises in sports. Well, at least that’s what out-of-touch COO Jeff Wilpon believes.

Wilpon, already known as a feisty character, had t-shirts with the U logo from the cartoon Underdog sitting in each Mets player’s locker Monday.

Manager Terry Collins is either kissing up to his boss, or he likes the idea.

“I thought Jeff had a great idea. He made some T-shirts up — ‘Underdog’ stuff,” said Collins. “You know what? If it ticks you off, then we’re doing our job. You’ve got to know how you’re being felt out there.”

Third baseman David Wright was less of a fan, but he understands the message.

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Mets Going Back to Retro-Look Uniforms for 50th Anniversary in 2012 (Picture)

The New York Mets will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next season.  Considering they have won less than 80 games in each of the last three seasons, a 50th anniversary celebration might be an opportune time for a little identity change.  What better way to start than with a uniform tweak?  As Uni Watch shared with us, the Mets have decided to take some of the black out of their jerseys and unveil more classic-looking uniforms for 2012.  Take a gander:

You can have a look here at the old uniforms for comparison.  It looks like the Miami Marlins won’t be the only NL East team with a new look when baseball resumes.  Considering New York and Miami finished fourth and fifth respectively in the division last season, I suppose a change certainly can’t hurt.

Fist pound to Hardball Talk for the heads up on the picture.