The Mets plugged a Nintendo 64 into the dash for fans to buy beer during a rain delay | This is the loop
The New York Mets have been like Eeyore this season. That’s not to say they were bad or particularly surly. It’s just that wherever they go, a rain cloud seems to follow. They hit 10 weather reports for the season before the end of May, had another on Saturday, then watched Tuesday night as high winds and lightning ripped through New York about 20 minutes before the first pitch with the Brewers. With fans already in the park, the game delayed by weather and the one-time admission doubleheaders piling up, the Mets did everything in their power to keep butts in the seats and baseball on the menu.
First, owner Steve Cohen took to Twitter to make promises even he couldn’t keep (you can’t bribe Mother Nature, Steve).
Then the Mets fired the big guns, and by big guns we mean a dusty old Nintendo 64 cartridge, which they hung on the massive center field scoreboard for a game of “Major League Baseball with Ken Griffey Jr.” The fans, or what was left of them, went wild.
There seemed to be discrepancies in the roster, as Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo pointed out. The Mets claimed it was the 1997 team, but “Major League Baseball with Ken Griffey Jr.” wasn’t actually released until 1998, leaving Mets historians in the ballpark to wonder about the starting pitch.
Like all old video games, however, the nostalgia quickly wore off. Left with nothing but crappy graphics and limited gameplay, the Mets were ultimately forced to reschedule the game past 10 p.m. If they had only had a copy of “MVP Baseball 2005” lying around, they could have stayed all night.