On The Inside… Looking In

An article by posted on August 12, 2009
I was watching the post game show after one of our many recent losses. You know the kind I’m referring to. The kind of loss where our lack of hitting turns marginal starters into Sandy Koufax. The kind of loss where a team who has not been hitting suddenly erupts and breaks out of their collective team slump against one of our pitchers A loss to a team who we would consider ‘inferior’ that now resembles the 27 Yankees.
As I’m listening to yet another post-game wrap-up, I had to do a double take. Was this tonight’s game? Or was this a repeat from some earlier Mets loss?

For all intents and purposes, these post-game shows are beginning to resemble each other. It almost seems it would save time just to replay the same excuses…I mean interviews…from the previous defeat.

How many times have we witnessed the exact same scene played out? The post game wrap up starts with Jerry Manuel. Speaking slowly as if he is having trouble reading the cue cards that Jay Horowitz is holding off to the side, Manuel uses the same clichés every night. Solemnly, he points out how “we are not executing,” how we need “more consistency,” how we need to focus on “fundamentals.” After Monday’s loss to the D-Backs, he actually said, “We have to perform better.” After Tuesday’s defeat he said, “We’ve got to pitch better.”

Then David Wright comes on the screen. I tip my hat to our perennial All-Star who never shies away from talking to the media and answering the same old tiring questions night after night. Depressed, looking beaten down and defeated, David makes comments how the team needs to “do the little things better,” how we need to “start hitting,” how the opposing pitcher had his “good stuff” tonight and how there is “still time left” to turn things around.

After David gives the media their sound bite, on comes the Mets pitcher. It really doesn’t matter which one. They all say the same thing. Be it Pelfrey, Perez, Sean Green, whoever. They all claim they “mostly made good pitches but got a few up,” how they just didn’t have “their best stuff tonight,” how they were mostly pleased with their performance with a “few exceptions.”

Losing is hard. Losing the way we have this season is heartbreaking. But watching these post game interviews is just downright depressing. I know there have not been many bright spots this year, but I’ve seen more optimism at a funeral then in the Mets clubhouse.

And as I watch these wrap-ups, I began to wonder how this very website relates, in some ways, to the ambiance of the Mets.

Safe to say that all of us love the Mets. Those of us lucky enough to be a part of the staff don’t love the team anymore than the fans who simply comment. There is no “loyalty meter.” We all share the same affection for our boys. Those of us on the staff frequently throw ideas out there about what this club needs, how we can improve and what we need to do. Joe D wrote an excellent well thought out piece a few days ago entitled “Fixing The Mets Wont Be Easy, But It’s Doable.” And the readers counter with comments, sometimes positive, sometimes negative. Either is okay. We are all Mets fans and all want this team to succeed. But when all is said and done, none of us–not those who write for this site nor those who read the articles–really have any effect on the team. We are on the outside looking in.

Yet these comments that Manuel and David and the rest of the team make cause me to grimace. When Jerry Manuel can say, ‘We have to perform better’ and we have to ‘execute better,’ well, isn’t that HIS job as manager? Sure, easier said then done.

This team has numerous problems and the issues we face wont be solved overnight. But he is not on the outside like we are. We fans all point out the same problems as does the Mets skipper. He is on the inside. If the team is not executing, if the team is not playing with any consistency, if the team is making fundamental errors, as he points out after every loss, isn’t his job to fix it? He admits the problem. He realizes where our faults are. But I don’t see any thing improving. As the saying goes, ‘Admitting you have a problem is the first step.’ At least Manuel admits that much. The question now is will anything be done about it?

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A Mets fan since 1973, Rob was born in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Luckily, his parents moved to Queens at a young age so he was not scarred by pinstripes. Currently living in Las Vegas, he writes crime fiction and mysteries.

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