Darling Regrets Not Reading True New Yorkers Letter

In a harsh rebuke of the front office, New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro points out how the Mets vowed in the spring of 2013 that this was going to be the year they blew the dust off their wallets and jumped back into the game, act like they own a team based in New York City, not Oklahoma City.

“And, you know: act like True New Yorkers.”

The Mets, who are 1-6 since asking their fans to sign a loyalty oath letter, may be the victims of their own bad karma:

The Mets do have just enough starting pitching to keep themselves in a lot of games. They have just enough professionals who seem to relish the underdog challenge that this big-market overdog needlessly inflicts on them. And they were 15-11 at the start of May. Easy to root for, despite their flaws. Easier to feel good about.

Except the Cabinet of Stupid couldn’t leave that alone, so it famously dispatched the Loyalty Oath letter, and followed that up with another, and another, and still can’t believe why anybody thought it was a bad idea. Honestly, there’s no correlation between the Oath and the fact that the team has gone 1-6 since hitting the “send” button. Unless you believe in karma.

Vaccaro asserts that the men who run the Mets – who he repeatedly refers to as the Cabinet of Stupid – have become very good at playing their fans for fools and insisting that everything is back to normal financially.

“That would be considered shameful,” he writes. “But then the men who run the Mets have proven time and again that they have no shame.”

“And so they run out a lineup night after night that looks paltry compared to just about everyone they play. It’s the Marlins who are supposed to be the joke of the NL East, operated by con men; look at that roster and then look at the Mets’. And ask yourself: Who’s fooling whom?”

The Mets payroll which now stands at $86 million dollars is now at it’s lowest level in 15 years since Steve Phillips was the general manager.

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Regarding the loyalty oath letter, former Mets pitching great and current analyst Ron Darling, admitted during a WFAN interview on Wednesday, that he and other players had no idea what they were digitally signing their names to and expressed regret for not personally doing his due diligence.

“I was asked to put my likeness and name to something, I didn’t read what was going to be put out there,” Darling said.

“I didn’t do my due diligence to read what went out. It’s on me. It’s not on anyone else. I put my name on it. I put my likeness on it. I have to live with it.” 

Darling understood how poorly it reflected on him and the team and said that there is an obvious disconnect between the team and their fan base.

“What is happening now — and I’m not saying it’s rightfully so — but it seems like everything that comes out from the Mets is looked at poorly. …I don’t think there has ever been a time that any organization would do something to anger their fans, which would be silly.”

“I just think that there has to be a reevaluation of the disconnect and how to reconnect to how fans feel and what the team is trying to do. And I think that’s an obvious thing.”

You can listen to the entire Ron Darling interview here.

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