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Mets offer former season-ticket holders free seats

Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets

Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch to Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds. (July 5, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

The Mets, in a continuing effort to lure back old season-ticket holders, have treated members of that group to free game tickets this week.

After getting positive feedback from the last such venture, conducted during the Mets' May 21-23 series against the Yankees, the Mets welcomed back some former season-ticket holders to Tuesday night's game against the Reds. Others were invited to attend tomorrow's or Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

"We want to convince them to come back for the second half," Dave Howard, the Mets' executive vice president of baseball operations, said. "We look at them as a loyal and dedicated group. It looks like we're going to be in the race for the whole season."

Howard said that some people from this target group purchased pro-rated season-ticket plans for the duration of the season, although he wouldn't provide a specific number or estimate.

Michael Weinstat, an independent investment adviser from Roslyn Heights, canceled his season tickets following the end of the 2009 season.

"After being a full season-ticket holder for 23 years, I never thought that I would be seeing two games with great seats on the Mets the year after being forced to give them up because of the high prices," Weinstat said. "It just goes to show how desperate they are to get the season-ticket holders back who had the premium seats."

Entering last night's game, the Mets had drawn 1,364,725 fans for 42 home games. The drop of 5,902 per game ranks as the second-worst in baseball, behind Cleveland 's decrease of 6,184 per game.

With Anthony Rieber

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