As expected, the Mets are going to keep their $400 million (thank you) and not rename Citi Field.
“The company is still an ongoing company and a vital company that is doing business around the globe,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday. “The taxpayers are backstopping what’s going on in the global economy. It’s not really Citi’s fault that they’re in this problem. There are a lot of other banks in the same situation — with naming-rights deals, also.”
Last week I asked UmpBump readers whether the Mets should rename Citi Field given the current economic turmoil surrounding Citigroup (the people obviously behind the naming rights).
Though not an overwhelming majority, 34% of you did vote for a name change that would somehow allude to the fact that the government dipped twice into tax payers’ wallets, first by subsidizing construction of the ballpark and most recently by bailing out Citigroup.
Here are the final results.
I voted for the “I don’t give a crap” option, not because I didn’t think the Mets should’ve renamed it, but because I believe there are bigger things at work here. Like, uhm, a crumbling economy. And I also happen to think that a multi-million dollar naming-rights deal by a financial institution getting bailed out by Congress is an example of said crumbling economy. But I digress…