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Apart from the burgers at Shake Shack, can we all agree that it's been exceedingly hard for either of the new ballparks in New York to generate any positive headlines?

Most of the time, the issues have been within team control (ie: bad sightlines for the Mets at Citi Field , expensive seats at new Yankee Stadium).

But also consider these two Citi Field-related headlines that are circulating the web today and make it seem like the baseball gods might actually be angry at New York for taking Shea Stadium and The House That Ruth Built out of circulation:

"The Mets have swine flu, pass it on"

"Officials in upstate Sullivan County said yesterday that the Mets may be linked to the swine flu outbreak. A resident of Liberty became ill last Wednesday, three days after attending a Mets game at Citi Field on Mother's Day, said Sullivan County manager David Fanslau. The unidentified victim became the county's first confirmed victim of the H1N1 virus Monday afternoon, he said.

"Because the woman's trip to the game was her only known foray out of Sullivan County lately, Fanslau said, local officials suspect there may be a link."

"Woman trapped by Citi Field toilet"

"A hapless Mets fan tried to make a diving catch when her gold tooth fell into a Citi Field toilet — and got her arm stuck in the commode.

"The unidentified woman's bizarre Flushing adventure happened during last Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, sources said yesterday.

"It's unclear how long she was trapped screaming in the john, but stadium security guards and emergency medical personnel eventually showed up."

Almost makes you want to design a new sleeve patch for the Mets, doesn't it?

Citi Field: "Come for the swine flu, stay for the evil toilets." 

You have to admit: It does have a certain ring to it. 

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