Shave Zone = Mets Cancer

An article by posted on September 18, 2008

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have. Where is Giuseppe Franco?
As much as that commercial is annoying, I think he’s the one that has
the winning magic for us. Not Jerry Manuel, not Mr. Met, not Ramon Castro.

It’s Giuseppe Franco.

His
“Procede” commercials clogged SNY for about 90 percent of the
broadcast’s commercial spot. His signature phrase, “I don’t even know
anything about it” was in our heads as we went along our daily routine.

Gary
Busey’s expression when he hugged Giuseppe and his crazy hair is still
in our brains. But, the Mets were in good spirit and winning during
those times, especially when it was played about every commercial break
during Mets game.

Call it coincidence, but that tide has changed. A new commercial has appeared, and it’s annoying as hell.

Enter, “Shave Zone.”

The
cheesy “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” tune in the background is really
what makes me want to punch my TV. It was filmed in probably the late
90′s to early 00′s, but it feels like a low-budget 80′s commercial.

There
are two commercials, one featuring SNY’s own Lee Mazzilli and some
other sarcastic guy named Sean Garcia. His name is so common that when
I try to Google “Sean Garcia MLB” I get something related to Freddy
Garcia in a Tiger uniform.

Oh, and the line used in these commercials is something related to, “Hey tough guy, blah blah blah, you need to use Shave Zone.” Gah, this line along makes me cringe.

They
premiered this commercial probably at the end of August and slowly
turned it into another Procede commercial, except it really is a bad
commercial not because of it’s repetition but rather because of it’s
quality. Now it’s mid-September and I can’t go without a Met game
without whistling “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” or smiling while
rubbing my chin.

The more times they played it, the worse the
Mets looked. When they premiered it, I feel that the Mets haven’t seen
it enough for them to be affected by it. Now that they pretty much see
it 24/7, it probably dug a permanent hole in their brains.

Sorry
“Shave Zone.” You’re making our Mets play like a repeat of something we
don’t want to remember. This commercial is a cancer; it is hurting the
team and it is hurting the fan base.

I thought I would never say this, but SNY, please put Giuseppe Franco and his steroidic (I made up this word) hair back on-air.

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