The only team in baseball having a better October than the Mets are the SF Giants. The introductory press conference for Sandy Alderson proved a point on why the Highlander organization and fan base fear the Mets more than any team in baseball.

Highlander high strung manager, Joe Girardi was signed to a three year extension the other day and the reaction by the NY sports media was “that’s nice but did your hear? Sandy Alderson will hold a press conference on Friday”. To those too young to know this, there was a time around here that everyday was like yesterday, where folks walked around town with Mets hats and jackets and greeted one and other with “Hey, how ‘bout those Mets”. The Alderson era brings Mets fans hope and that has not been in abundance around here for a long time. Sandy Alderson also has a plan, another strategy missing in Queens as well, and most importantly he wants the same exact thing for the Mets franchise that we all want, respect and accountability.

Alderson knew just what to say yesterday. First when he talked about the NY Mets being an iconic franchise, my face was flush. I’ve gotten on my soap box time after time here about the Mets being the flagship team of the National League and how our lineage goes back to 1876 when the New York Mutuals played the first NL season and then of course in 1883 when our ancestors the New York Giants came to be. The NY Highlanders were not even a glint in Ban Johnson’s eye when NL ball was featured in NYC and for Sandy Alderson to acknowledge that made an outstanding first impression on me.

Alderson was asked about his choice for manager as Mets fans are nervous nellies because the reports and track record of Alderson’ is he goes for the weak silent type. After surviving the Dead Manger Era (Art Howe) and the Clueless Manger Era (Jeff Torborg) we waited to hear what our the new leader of free Mets world would say. When the words “I like a manager who kicks ass and takes names” rolled off his tongue, it was 1964 at the Ed Sullivan Theatre all over again. All I needed to hear was “and the Black uniforms and caps have already been shit canned” then I’d have had to been resuscitated. Alderson gets it. He knows that he not only has to build a winning team but he has to build an entertaining team and a team Mets fans want to embrace. Rooting for a losing team sucks but being a supporter of a team you can’t stand is heartbreaking.

Think about the dimension we are about to enter Mets fans. We have gone from a GM who had no time for statistical analysis of which he called “false hustle” which was really Omar Minaya verifying he was behind the times and quite frankly lazy as a GM, to a man who will use those numbers and a consensus from his staff and scouts on player evaluation for drafting, trading and free agent signing purposes. Welcome to the 21st Century Mets fans.

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  1. Part of the whole thing is presence. Sandy has presence. He projects, most importantly, he instills confidence. What a contrast to the clueless dolt (Oh, he was such a nice guy) who ran things until 10/4/2010. The GM is a main face of the organization. When people laughed at the Mets for the last few years, in part it was the losing, but a big part of it was the GM who could not form a sentence. And please don’t give me the “second language” shit, he grew up in NY. I work for a German company, and when people come over (who have never lived a day in the US), they can make full sentences.

    Love your Highlander point. I went to the gym and Whole Foods today, and saw more Mets stuff than I have in a long time. Soon, when Highlander rooters say “we have 27…”, people will say, “here’s 50 cents, call someone who gives a shit, I’m watching the Mets.” NL town yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

    It’s all about pride and confidence. Sandy was honest yesterday, and the fact is, the Mets will be about .500 next year (barring a miracle) due to Omar’s baggage. But it’s ok to be .500 if you have a plan (he does) and you know better days are coming (they are). Also, it’s ok to be .500 with a competent GM and competent manager (we will have those). Pride comes first. We can be proud of our team. Then comes winning. Then, hopefully, comes consistent respectability. Holy shit, I sound like Scarface!

  2. Keep dreaming, girls.

    The smart money says Sandy won’t extend the little punk at shortstop.

    Just remember until the Shake Shackers beat us in the World Series, bragging rights remain in The Bronx. It will be a long summer without rain before that happens. Or, Osama will convert to Judaism before that happens.

    So, I stay smug, proud, and secure.

    I’ll leave you and your envious comments for awhile.

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  3. I am all for “new age” statistical analysis, I am also a fan, of believing what your eyes telling you. Pitch counts? They are crap. BABIP (batting average ball on balls in play) I can understand that. Fact of the matter is, you probably need both. I did not need stats to tell me that Ike Davis, even as a rookie was one of the best fielding first baseman in baseball. Not a stretch to say that in a year or two, if healthy, will be third best first baseman in Mets history (if he plays long enough he will be second). However, I am pretty sure that the new fangled stats also bear these things out about Davis. I did not need fancy data to tell me that if the game is on the line, I would have no problem with a RA on the mound, regardless of how is throwing, because he has cajones.

    Now, Mr. Alderson, please go get a manager that I can get excited about. Someone you think will not accept crap from lazy ball players. Backman would be great, but it does not have to be him. What it can’t be is the usual suspects. The Bob Melvins, & Terry Collins’ of the world. Met ties are nice, but not necessary. Arer Oberkfell or Tuefel those guys, I do not know, I will have to trust your judgment. DO NOT GIVE ME ART HOWE.

  4. Why not take the Giants even further back than that; as the second team EVER, and the Knickerbockers’ only competition during those earliest days on Elysium?

    This is by far the best executive hire the Wilpons have made in the post-Doubleday Era; and the Club’s best executive hire since Frank Cashen. The string of in-house promotions and familiar hires is over. Sandy will inject new blood into what grew into a stale, in-bred Front Office thought process. Alderson will finally implement a Standard Operating Procedure this organization desperately needs. And lastly, I credit Jeff Wilpon for checking himself at the door hiring Sandy Alderson, as he is someone who now doubt will dominate Jeff’s business and baseball acumen. There will be no backseat driving. I’m positive Alderson didn’t agree to come here to be another victim of Nepotism. But if I WERE Jeff, I’d be thinking of dispatching a pigeon over to Mr. Doubleday with a note saying, “How do ya like me now?!”

    Let’s Go Mets!

  5. Omar was a joke, it was all part of the Wilpons going for market share with Hispanics. Heck we have Jackie Robinson Rotunda!!!!!!!!! How many blacks have played for the mets in teh past 10 years. it’s about time they got back to hiring people that know what they are doing. Hopefully the Wilpons will stay out of his way and let him build a team. The WIlpns only care about money and the money is drying up so they went with a pro.


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