Normally, if a player has 71 RBIs, is batting .285, and has 21 homeruns on the season, a baseball team isn't actively seeking to trade him—especially on the night they plan on giving away free T-shirts that were designed for the player. But the New York Mets aren't just any baseball team.
For starters, the team that calls Queens home pays Bobby Bonilla, who hasn't played a game with the team since '99, $1.2m every July—every year until 2035. Oof. And the team keeps adding to the headaches of its fanbase by deciding to trade Marlon Byrd on Marlon Byrd T-shirt night.
That's right, the Mets had planned to hand out free T-shirts that has Byrd taking a swing and the phrase "Let It Fly" across the chest, with Byrd's name and number on the back. Fans received the tees as the outfielder was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates just hours before he was set to take the field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hey, at least the Mets won, 5-0, last night. Maybe that's a good sign?
[via For the Win]