Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/19/13
The New York Mets' Class-A minor league affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, announced a "Fictitious Friday" promotion to capitalize on the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax. A mocking press release from the New York-Penn League team said that they are talks with the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Leave it to an arm of the Mets organization to somehow cash in on the duping of the public — since they've catfished their fans for years by pretending to be contenders. They should be calling it "Facetious Friday." The Cyclones are just one of the many teams with some lame attempt at cashing in at the beleaguered Notre Dame star's expense.  In the Mets case, it's also five months down the road when people will probably be asking, "Manti who?" The big day will be on June 21 at MCU Park on Coney Island. Friday's press release also hyped a petting zoo which will have a unicorn, a minotaur (Alex Rodriguez perhaps?) and a mermaid.  What?  No R.A. Dickey? Just not to confuse the ever-believing Mets crowd, the release made it clear to Cyclones fans that "Just like Manti Te'o's girlfriend everything will be made up." That includes the Mets playoff chances.
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