New York Mets take over Bobby Bonilla Day with weird Citi Field Airbnb promotion (with Bobby Bonilla!) | This is the loop
I’ll do my best to explain this to you consistently, and if I fail I refuse to take any blame because none of this is consistent.
Let’s start here: “Bobby Bonilla Day” (not yet recognized as a federal holiday) commemorates July 1, when the New York Mets are forced to pay their old bust $ 1.19 million until 2035. Payments started in 2011, but in reality they started in 2000, a year before Bonilla retired, when the Mets wanted to buy out his $ 5.9 million contract and made the choice. daring to do so in annual deferred payments of $ 1.2. million over 25 years from 2011, with interest. Why on earth would they do that, you ask, since simple calculations tell us the grand total is several times greater (almost $ 30 million) than a one-time payment of $ 5.9 million? Excellent question! As you can guess, this is largely because they wanted to free up some money because some of theirs was tied up somewhere else, and the “elsewhere” in this case was in an investment account managed by a company. man named Bernie Madoff who was supposed to earn them more than enough to pay Bonilla in perpetuity.
Did it work? My friends, no.
All of this leads to the situation in 2021 where 58-year-old Bobby Bonilla is making more money in Major League Baseball than Vlad Guerrero Jr., and a number of other very good players. When Mets new owner Steve Cohen took over last year, he hinted that he might recognize Bobby Bonilla Day in a funny way, and that seems to be what’s going on here. Together with Bonilla and AirbnB, they’re giving lucky fans the chance to stay overnight at Citi Field, kick off the first pitch ceremony, watch three games, and eat plenty of free hot dogs in a private suite:
But wait, you might be thinking, isn’t this Bobby Bonilla day on July 1st? What does this have to do with booking a room at Citi Field on July 8 for a night in late July?
STOP ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS. They announced it on Bobby Bonilla’s day, so that matters, okay? GOD.
the official list gets into the benefits of what you might expect, and the text is a joy to see:
“If you’re looking to add MPH to the old fastball, you can walk to the Mets gym for a workout and shower before hitting the hay in the sequel.”
Hell yes I want to shower in the same place as Luis Guillorme! Also, if you were worried that you might not be able to offer both Mr and Mrs Met in your new Mets room, worry no longer:
“You and your guests are probably so uncompromising that your friends call you Mr. or Mrs. Met – but during your stay you can hang on to these icons, in the flesh (or in cowhide?)”
It all sounds like fun, actually, and for $ 250 I absolutely would. Seems like it’s a crazy first come, first serve ride that starts July 8 at noon, with just four lucky guests, so it will be impossible for anyone to book, but hey, someone has to get the ticket from gold, is not it?
What is less clear is if you actually meet Bobby Bonilla, or if he’s involved in it besides lending his name to a promotion that has nothing to do with him and doesn’t even happen on the day of its namesake. I hope he comes at least once, because honestly, for $ 1.19 million in summer, that’s the least he can do. Just make sure his visit doesn’t overlap with Mr. and Mrs. Met’s; Bobby is a respectable man.