NEW YORK (WFAN) — Darren Meenan has a successful Mets-themed t-shirt company with a close-knit following. He also had Mets-Braves tickets Sunday night... until he got the boot from Citi Field brass.
On Monday morning, Meenan explained his ordeal to WFAN’s Boomer & Carton.
“What’s crazy is I was actually there on Friday night with the exact same sign,” said Meenan. “It was all over Twitter, it was all over Facebook. We had like four hundred, eight hundred people show up.
“Kevin Burkhardt came over, talked to us. They talked about it on SNY, about how, you know, there’s a bunch of fans. Gary Cohen actually said, ‘Oh, that’ll make the Don’t Trade Reyes people happy.'”
It was such a success that Meenan returned to display his sign — hopefully — on national television.
“So I decided, ‘Alright, I’m not doing anything,'” he said. “It’s obviously not hard to find a ticket (on Sunday night), let me go back.”
So what was the issue? According to Meenan, it was the “.com” on his sign.
“(Reyes) came to bat, I actually had that sign up for twenty seconds tops,” he said. “They say, ‘Listen, you can’t have the sign up when the ball is being pitched.’ I say, ‘Alright, that’s understandable, makes sense, I don’t want to obstruct anyone’s view.’ I was completely cooperative. So I took it down.
“In between innings, I shook his hand. I said, ‘Is everything cool?’ He said, ‘Yeah, everything’s fine, just don’t do it during the pitch.’
“I put the sign up again in-between innings. A supervisor comes down and says, ‘I’m gonna have to ask you not to put the sign up anymore.’ I say, ‘Well, can I ask you why?’ He said, ‘It’s because it has a website on it and it’s considered advertisement.'”
Meenan said he decided to leave rather than create a scene. On his way to the exit, he doled out “ten business cards, tops.”
That’s when he got the official heave-ho.
“That (ticked) them off even more, they said, ‘Now I have to ask you to leave.'”
Boomer & Carton gave Meenan’s sign mixed reviews.
“Frankly, I think it’s genius,” said Carton.
Boomer zapped right back: “Frankly, it’s not allowed!”
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