Sold out Citi Field crowd turns out to be flash mob
on Jun 1, 2012
Citi Field finally had its first official sellout last weekend for the Mets game against the Padres. Unfortunately, all but 10,000 of the nearly 42,000 paid fans left after the 3rd inning.
A flash mob broke out in between innings when the song “We Are Young” by the band Fun played over the PA system. The entire ballpark stood up and performed a rhythmic, albeit confusing dance which left the players on the field puzzled.
“It was corny,” said Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. “Seriously, I still don’t know what the heck happened. I think I heard them chant ‘Geico’ or something. Was that what it was?”
It was. The flash mob was the brain child of jilted Mets fan, Cooper Fienberg, an ad executive from Connecticut.
“I was up against it. The blimp was running late, and Geico hadn’t advertised in over 12 minutes. If we don’t get the word out every three innings, we lose the account,” Fienberg said while reinterpreting the dance moves. “While I have you here, did you know you can save up to 15% on your car insurance by switching to Geico?”
Not only were most of the “fans” dancing advertisements, Mets reliever Tim Byrdak was a member of the mob. The lefty knew every step of the choreographed dance, and departed the stadium with the rest of the posse, leaving the Mets one arm short in the pen.
“They paid me ten game checks just to shake my ass for a minute,” Byrdak admitted with no shame. “Not only that, they gave me all the gecko paraphernalia I could fit in my duffel bag. Sweet deal. While I have you here, did you know you can save up to 15% on your car insurance by switching to Geico?”