It has been a tumultuous week for the New York Mets. The week did not include any MLB transactions, but rather a scathing analysis of Mets ownership by Marc Carig of Newsday, a Sandy Alderson contract extension, news about Fred Wilpon being irked by the New York Yankees moves, and an Omar Minaya reunion.
Just when you thought the week was over, Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post also put the Mets ownership on blast with a critique of ownership entitled, “A simple solution for Wilpons if they hate owning Mets so much.”
The solution Vaccaro is referring to is one in which many Mets fans have been calling for for years. A message that has been erected in the form of a billboard near First Data Field and Citi Field a few years ago. That message is for the current ownership to sell the team.
“If this is such a miserable thing, owning this baseball team, why don’t you do yourselves a favor and sell it?” wrote Vaccaro. “I mean … isn’t this supposed to be, you know, fun? Isn’t owning a sports franchise supposed to be the reward for a life of hard work and not the source of eternal angst? And the men who own the Mets aren’t just victims of angst. They are a breeding ground.”
Carig’s remarks and now Vaccaro’s remarks resonate with a vast majority of Mets fans. The news surrounding the Mets this past week is not the type of news any fan wants to hear during the offseason.
Even last offseason when the Mets simply retained four players (Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Jerry Blevins, and Fernando Salas), at least fans could gather around the table at Christmas to talk about what re-signing Cespedes means for the Mets’ 2017 playoff chances.
As good a reliever Anthony Swarzak was in 2017, the same conversation cannot be had this Christmas. After a 70-92 finish in 2017 due to injuries, sub-par performances, and trading away players, the Mets needed a lot more than Swarzak to turn the ship around for 2018.
This has angered Mets fans beyond belief and rightfully so. When you invest your hard-earned money into a team through team merchandise, single-game tickets, parking, ballpark food, TV/online subscriptions, and/or season tickets, you’d hope the franchise returns that investment with an entertaining product to watch.
Vaccaro tried comparing the Wilpons’ ownership of the Mets to the idea of them owning a bakery. He wrote that they’d be surprised why nobody wants their three-day-old products when fresher products could be found in a bakery across the street.
The difference he points out, is that while nobody would buy that failing bakery, somebody is definitely willing to buy the Mets.
“But in New York City, there is a deep list of fat cats and Wall Street players that would gladly pony up the $2 billion or so that it would require to take the Mets off their hands, to relieve them of all that annoying stress and worry and anxiety,” wrote Vaccaro.
Vaccaro took his criticism of the Wilpons much further than Carig did. He not only criticised their actions (or lack thereof), but went directly after them.
“Tell you what: Email me and tell me it was,” wrote Vaccaro after tossing an insult at Jeff Wilpon. “And while you’re at it, tell me (and The Post’s readers) why your family endures the agonies of owning this team, why you openly detest and disdain your fans, (Remember that loyalty oath you sent out once upon a time? Who tests YOUR level of loyalty?) and how you could possibly think it makes good business sense to warn your fans that the wallet might be tightening up before you even do that, which sure seems like a spiteful way to run your bakery.”
Whether you agree or not with Vaccaro’s delivery, it does reflect on the anger and frustration within much of the fanbase recently. You can check out Vaccaro’s full article here. While you’re at it, you can also read Carig’s analysis here.