The Mets have used pre-season television commercials to get fans excited about the upcoming season for decades. Advertising the team’s changed roster, or new manager, and a promise of great things ahead. Here are a few old Mets commercials from the 1980s.
When it comes to promoting Mets baseball, things can get tricky. In 1980 the Mets were fined $5,000 because the ad agency they hired made a commercial insinuating that Yankee Stadium was not safe because of the neighborhood it’s in.
Before the 1984 season, the Mets made a commercial for WWOR Channel 9. It features new manager Davey Johnson, with outfielders Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, George Foster and reliever Jesse Orosco.
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Those ’84 Mets would go 90-72 and finish in second place 6 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs. There were no Wild Cards back then. Still, it was a huge improvement over the previous season when they finished 68-94 and in last place.
Next is this old Mets commercial titled “Catch the Rising Stars” for WOR 9 Secaucus NJ in 1985. Putting aside the cheesy music and poor picture quality, it shows action shots of Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Strawberry, Wally Backman, and newly acquired Gary Carter.
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What a year that team had! They went 98-64 but came up 3 short to the St. Louis Cardinals. Gooden won the Cy Young award. But since there was no Wild Card, the Mets had no post-season games.
They followed that up the next year with this Mets commercial hyping the 1986 season. The tag line was “Bring it home” and they did!