Billy Wagner continues to make light of the Mets lackluster off season with some strongly worded comments about where the mets rank in the their division. In his opinion not only do the the Phillies rank ahead of the Mets, but the Atlanta Braves as well.
The comments were made during SNY’s broadcast of Mets Hot Stove with Kevin Burkhardt, and was first reported by Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog.
Billy Wagner got himself into same hot water back in November when he criticized Omar Minaya for what he perceived as no sense of urgency and an unwillingness to make the necessary improvements on the team. Minaya immediately addressed those concerns in private with Billy Wagner and supposedly everything was straightened out according to Omar back then.
It’s too bad Wagner can’t apply some of his closing skills to his own mouth, and spare the team the unneeded negative attention and embarrassment.
It’s a sad situation when one of your key players goes on the record and basically says the Mets will not go into the post season in 2008. Rather than exhibiting some enthusiasm for the upcoming season, he instead chose to shoot down our hopes. Even if Billy Wagner is right, shouldn’t he have kept it to himself?
Is Billy Wagner becoming more trouble than he is worth?
We gave him a landmark contract when the Mets signed him, making him the highest paid closer in the National League at that time. I think he owes the Mets a little more respect than he has given them.