The Angels and Blue Jays battled late into the night on Friday, with the Jays eventually emerging the victor after Jose Bautista‘s home run gave them the edge in the 13th inning. In order to help pass the time, most of the 40,176 fans in attendance tried to set a world record for the largest gathering of people wearing capes at one time.
Red superhero capes were distributed to fans prior to the game, though the official count didn’t take place until the fifth inning. Several Angels players got into the spirit before the game, as they were unable to participate in the count while on the field:
The attempt was verified as a Guinness World Record, the ninth such honor bestowed on Angels fans after they set records for most Snuggies worn in 2010 (beating the Cleveland Cavaliers’ own Snuggie-wearing world record), most wrestling masks worn in 2011, most cowboy hats worn in 2012, most wigs worn in 2013, most Santa hats worn in 2014, most sombreros worn in 2015, most selfie sticks used and, for good measure, most umbrellas opened in 2016.
There’s no word yet on which world record attempt the Angels’ marketing team is cooking up next, but the club’s promotional schedule is advertising a maracas giveaway during Cinco de Mayo next month, so stay tuned.
It’s can’t be easy being a Mets fan. Your team plays in the biggest city in America and should, theoretically, have big payrolls and always be in contention. They aren’t, however, partially because of horrendous luck and ill-timed injuries, partially because of poor baseball decisions and partially because the team’s ownership got taken down by a Ponzi scheme that, one would think anyway, sophisticated businessmen would recognize as a Ponzi scheme. We’ll leave that go, though.
What Mets fans are left with are (a) occasional windows of contention, such as we saw in 2014-16; (b) times of frustrating austerity on the part of ownership when, one would hope anyway, some money would be spent; (c) an inordinate focus on tabloidy and scandalous nonsense which just always seems to surround the club; and (c) a lot of disappointment.
You can file this latest bit under any of or many of the above categories, but it is uniquely Mets.
Team president Jeff Wilpon spoke to the press this afternoon about team payroll. In talking about payroll, David Wright‘s salary was included despite the fact that he may never play again and despite the fact that insurance is picking up most of the tab. Wilpon’s comment:
I’m guessing every team has a line item, someplace, about the costs of insurance. They’re businesses after all, and all businesses have to deal with that. They do not talk about it as a barrier to spending more money on players to the press, however, as they likely know that fans want to be told a story of hope and baseball-driven decisions heading into a new season and do not want to hear about all of the reasons the club will not spend any money despite sitting in a huge market.
This doesn’t change a thing about what the Mets were going to do or not do, but it does have the added bonus of making Mets fans roll their eyes and ask themselves what they did to deserve these owners. And that, more than almost anything, is the essence of Mets fandom these days.