PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets announced Friday that Citi will offer its credit and debit cardholders an opportunity to purchase 2012 single-game tickets before they go on sale to the general public, through an online presale at Mets.com/CitiPresale. The two-day promotion runs from Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.
Customers must use their Citi card to take advantage of the offer.
"Citi is thrilled to make this exclusive offer available to our valued Citi credit and debit cardholders," said Bill Brown, Citibank's Manhattan Division director, in a statement. "This is yet another benefit to having a Citi card and we look forward to seeing fans out at Citi Field cheering on the Mets this year."
As part of a series of events with the Mets Alumni Association Presented by Citi, Mets all-time saves leader John Franco will make appearances throughout New York City on Monday to promote the presale. Franco will meet fans from 10-11 a.m. at the Citibank flagship branch in Union Square, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Citibank branch on 42nd Street and Madison Avenue, and from 2-3 p.m. at the Mets Clubhouse Shop on 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Collins wishes Tejada had reported early
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sounds like Ruben Tejada will receive a modest scolding when he arrives to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie on Saturday.
"I know when he walks through the door he's going to be in good shape," said manager Terry Collins, who had hoped that Tejada would arrive early. "He's just too good a kid. But I'm going to explain to him that there's a process here when you're the guy. Maybe it's only eyewash at times, but it shows people you really want to be ready. That's going to be brought up."
Collins was critical of Tejada earlier this week, saying that he wanted his new starting shortstop to arrive early and begin working defensively with second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Position players are not technically required to arrive until the end of day Saturday. They will receive physicals on Sunday morning and begin working out as a full squad on Monday.
"I'm not going to embarrass him," Collins said. "I don't do that. This kid is a big part of this puzzle and I've got to get him ready. That basically is going to be the message: Hey, look, we need to get a head start here. We need to get out of the gate first. You've got a new second baseman you need to work with, and it would have been nice for you to get down here and get started. And that's all it's going to be."
Of the 28 position players invited to big league camp, only three -- Tejada, Ronny Cedeno and Omar Quintanilla -- did not report early. All three are shortstops.
"Maybe they're all on the same plane," Collins quipped.
Johan will start second game of spring
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Turns out Johan Santana will not start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener after all.
Because the Mets forgot to pencil a day of long tossing into Santana's schedule, the left-hander will not pitch March 5 against the Nationals. Instead, Santana will push his entire schedule back a day, starting the team's March 6 game against the Cardinals.
"There's nothing wrong," manager Terry Collins said.
Because the Mets already had inserted an extra day into their schedule in the event of rain, Santana remains on track to start Opening Day against the Braves on April 5.
Pelfrey throws session after turning ankle
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey turned an ankle during pitchers' fielding practice on Friday, but felt well enough to throw his routine bullpen session later in the morning.
Pelfrey was walking around Friday afternoon without a limp.
"He twisted it," manager Terry Collins said. "That's all."