There was an interesting article by Joel Sherman in the NY Post this past Sunday. He argues that the only way the Mets can cure their woes, is by trading R.A. Dickey and David Wright for a bunch of prospects.
Really Joel? Just up and trade the two reasons why Mets fans still watch the games? That’s the fix?
I couldn’t disagree more. The logic is sound, but this move would lead to further fan frustration. The Mets are having a hard enough time filling seats in the stadium, and by trading the two main players that fans come to watch, you will have a hard time giving away tickets for free, let alone selling them.
The only way to fix this mess is to spend money. Bring in top flight free agents to help Wright and Dickey take the Mets to the next level or the promised land. There is no guarantee that this rebuilding process the Mets are banking on, will lead to winning. It could lead to more rebuilding. Then what? We wait three more years? No thanks.
It’s a ridiculous notion to trade stars for unproven prospects, and quite frankly, hardly ever works out for the team getting the prospects. If the Mets really want to turn this around they should do the complete opposite of what Sherman is proposing. The Mets should be the team packaging these unproven prospects, to try and get some help for Wright and Dickey. There are no prospects that should be untouchable if the Mets are committed to winning right now. The problem is, they aren’t committed to winning now. They already made up their minds that they are sacrificing the present for the future.
George Harrison once said
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”
Mets fans want to win now. They don’t want to hear about how great of a team they might have in two or three years. Fans, much like Harrison, understand there is only the now. The goal should be to win now. Please stop telling us about a future that is not guaranteed. If the Mets do end up doing what Sherman proposes, which is basically sacrificing the present for the future, then it will be a lot longer wait than two years before the Mets start winning again. As a result, Citi Field will be as empty as these dreams of winning in two years that the Mets brass are feeding us.