Mets Front Office Turned The Tables On The Players And The Fans
I was reading the excellent post by Joe D that was inspired by a statement from Metsie entitled, “Are The Players Turning The Tables On The Mets Front Office?” But I felt one key factor was missing from the summations made in the piece and on the comment thread that ensued.
One chapter in Mets recent history that needs to be pointed out again, was the deep, wide-stretching amount of damage Sandy did when he opened up his big and insensitive mouth this year at mid-season. That was when he decided to shirk his own responsibility for the state of this team and throw his players under the bus.
He thought we Mets fans were so stupid that all he had to do was suggest it, and as though he were using Jedi-Mind-Tricks, we fans would actually blame the players for the state of the team as they started to crumble and not Alderson himself. And this coming on the heels of the players over-achieving for most of the first half of the season.
That was when Mr. Alderson lost me. And he didn’t lose just me either. He also lost most if not all of his players and coaches, and a great many fans. If you were David Wright, would you want to play for owners like these, and a GM that doesn’t care or even respect his players?
If you were R.A. Dickey and you saw the way they handled the Jose Reyes contract situation. The way they have done nothing to improve the major league team, and I mean nothing. The way they disrespect their own players. The way they are committed to losing rather than winning. Would you want to sign a four year commitment to play for this team? And possibly without David Wright as part of it any longer?
These guys are competitive, pro-athletes, who got to where they are in life by competing and winning. They don’t want to play for a team in turmoil, a team with no direction, no plan, no clear path or understanding.
Alderson is a corporate extension of the owners’ malaise, and ineptitude. He is their reflection. Their mirror image. Two suits staring at one another, Wilpon and Alderson. Alderson and Wilpon. Okay I give up which is which? Because I can’t tell them apart anymore.
The fact is ownership doesn’t give a damn if the team wins or loses, and the GM they hired doesn’t care either.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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