The Don't Trade Reyes movement went national last night!
Here's the story:
I made the sign for the official "Don't Trade Reyes" event that was posted on Facebook by a few of the fans. That was on Friday night and I brought the EXACT same sign. On Friday it wasn't a problem and they even talked about it and showed it multiple times on SNY.
I decided since I was going to the game last night I may as well bring the sign with me again. I stood outside before the game with the sign opened at my legs. Out of the thousand or so people who walked by me 99% of them had a positive reaction. "I agree" was the most common response.
I started the game off on the "Shea Bridge" and decided to go down to my seat in the 4th inning for Jose's at bat. The fans around me saw the sign and were pumped up on the message. We all want Reyes on this team. When he walked to the plate I told the fans around me that we would be chanting Don't Trade Reyes clap clap clap clap clap.... They were into it and it spread to the other side of the stadium in seconds.
Now I completely understand that its obnoxious to sit behind someone holding a gigantic sign but it was up for about 20 seconds TOPS. It just ended up being at the right place at the right time and it luckily caught the attention of the ESPN cameras.
I was told by a security guard that I can't hold up the sign when the game is in play. I agreed. That makes complete sense. After he got a hit I put up the sign again and a supervisor then came down to tell me that I can't have the sign up because it has a website address on it. Ok... again, makes complete sense. I am getting free advertisement LIVE on national television. Makes sense.
I decided to leave the section on my own and walk back to my original spot. I agreed that I wouldn't show the sign anymore. They didn't kick me out right off the bat. I folded up my sign and while walking out (while fans booed of course.. they wanted me there) and people around asked how to contact me. I gave out about 10 business cards and that is what set off security even more. That is now soliciting I guess.
The guard asked to see my ticket. I did in fact have one for that section. He then confiscated the ticket and asked me to leave on my own or leave in cuffs. I asked on what charge and he said "now you are trespassing, you don't have a ticket". Real classy.
I've never been kicked out of any stadium before. At first I was pissed but in the end... it was worth it. Thanks guys! Media frenzy!
Either way the message was shown and it's making all sorts of press right now. Thanks for checking out my website and pick up your own Don't Trade Reyes shirt HERE.