Well, if the New York Mets couldn’t win in Citi Field, the three American League ballparks, and the other 15 National League ballparks in 2010, why not try somewhere new in 2011?
According to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News, the Mets are working on playing some regular-season games in Puerto Rico. The games would be considered road games for the Mets and would be played in Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.
The most likely opponent would be the Florida Marlins.
This is the equivalent of the NFL playing games in London, but people in Puerto Rico care about baseball and this actually makes sense.
Thanks to the signings of Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado, the Mets have a large Puerto Rican following. Beltran, who is opening up a baseball academy in Puerto Rico, would sell out the game by himself.
The Mets also have Pedro Feliciano, Angel Pagan, and Omir Santos on the roster who were born in Puerto Rico.
The Marlins being the opponent for the Mets makes a ton of sense as well. Since the Marlins draw like 5,000 fans for a home game, the Marlins would probably generate more revenue from playing three games in San Juan than they would playing three games in Florida.
Hiram Bithorn Stadium was home to the Montreal Expos for some games during the 2003 and 2004 season.
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