Will the New York Yankees embrace tradition and eschew the "jersey sponsor patch" trend that's sweeping MLB? Don't count on it; sadly, they just haven't found their perfect match yet. It's coming.
At least they managed to hold off and let the Mets and Red Sox go first (and get roasted for their obvious mistakes).
First, Boston chose a Yankees fan to plop the sponsor patch on their jerseys, which seems to be going well so far. Then, the Mets came right out on Thursday and, with a complete lack of self awareness, announced that they'd be henceforth sponsored by a hospital.
Yup. The team saddled with the legacy of trainer Ray Ramirez, known for flying concussed outfielders cross-country and crossing their fingers, has decided to throw it back to the Wilpon Era and remind fans of a hospital from every angle. It's like Hal Steinbrenner's Yankees being sponsored by a crypto scheme or the Astros being sponsored by Waste Management. It's just ... the type of easy-to-avoid faux pas you probably don't want to make and invite easy scorn.
Needless to say, fans and media personalities who believed the Mets had moved past the era of tripping over their own shoelaces had plenty to say.
Mets jersey patch sponsor is bad, hopefully turns out worse than the Yankees' choice
Guess $498 million in an offseason can't buy you common sense.
If only New York Presbyterian had provided a doctor who was more willing to look the other way, Carlos Correa could've rocked one of these uniforms! Alas.
Some fans went old-school with their references here.
Yup, haven't seen that particular "Mets hospital" graphic since Steve Cohen reversed course and changed everything. (Staind voice) It's been a while.
Let's get one thing straight: We love New York Presbyterian Hospital! Everyone does! It's just ... an ironic jersey sponsor for an always-injured team. And the patch is massive.
Nobody wants the patch to be massive.
Combine the timing of this announcement with the cancellation of Opening Day on a balmy spring sun-flecked day, and we weren't the only ones feeling whiplash to the Wilponzi days.
Meet the Mets. Meet the Mets. Step right up and shield your eyes from the blinding sun during a "rainout," sponsored by a hospital.
Feels like old times.
Ready for a shocker? Less that 24 hours after the patch's announcement, Steve Cohen told the media on Friday that the "Phillies colors" in the patch would have to change.
No word yet on the patch shrinking. At least he's taking action.