Sandy Alderson could not care less what you think.  He knows if it were up to Mets fans, not only would Wally Backman be the manger of the team but everyone associated with the 1986 Mets, with the exception of Tim McCarver and Steve Zabriskie, would have some kind of meaningful job in the organization. Alderson knows how much we all worship our last conquering heroes and he couldn’t give a rats ass. That’s what I like about Sandy Alderson and it’s clear he’s the right man to run the Mets.

There is no other fan base in this town that is as sentimental about their past than Mets fan.  We savor and love to reminisce about seasons past, not just the good but the bad as well. As the years go by, the great seasons become immortalized and the bad seasons start to have redeeming qualities, it’s just how we are; we can’t help it, we’re an emotional bunch. That’s why we are in no position to say who the next manager of the Mets should be.

It looks as though Wally Backman will not be considered for the Mets manager’s job. There will be outrage about this in the Land of Orange and Blue as how dare Sandy Alderson not give us the man we want.  Make no mistake I love Wally as much as you and that’s the problem.

Last year going to Brooklyn Cyclones game was better than any of the previous seasons going to the ball park on Coney Island because I was so pumped up about Backman being the manager. I bored my son to tears with stories about Wally and how he and Lenny Dykstra were the one-two punch at the top of the order that set up a kick ass middle of the lineup of Hernandez-Carter-Strawberry and how Backman never had a clean uniform and would anything on the field to win. It’s this kind fanboy admiration that makes me recues myself on picking the next Mets manager.  Of course my heart says Wally Backman but my head says let a guy with no ties to the organization and a guy who has succeed in this job before pick the manager that he sees will fit to carry out his plan.

There are some in the younger demographics of Mets fans who are anti-Backman and who are tired of hearing about the 86’ers. I can see their point. It’s similar to my late mother who one day when friends of hers and my father had come to visit and part of the conversation swung to the “good old days”. Nothing got my mother’ ire up when the “old biddies” pined for the ‘good old days” when bread was three cents and milk was a nickel.  My mother would tell them “yeah and when you got the flu it killed you” which was followed with an eye roll and then a lecture later that those biddies were horse’s arse’s.  But  while the those Mets teams of the mid 80’s should have won more than they did, I can’t forget that going to Shea Stadium back in the day was like celebrating New Years Eve, Spring Break and Madi Grais every night , it was THE place to be. Maybe $iti Field will be that way someday instead of being the catering hall/shopping mall it is now. But I digress……

Whoever Sandy Alderson and his All Star Band of front office folks pick to manage the Mets there will be outrage by this passionate of all passionate fan bases.  If it were up to the fans, Backman would be manager, Doc Gooden the pitching coach, Darryl Strawberry the hitting coach and Lenny Dykstra the 3rd base coach and Mazz as Wally’s bench coach. That’s thinking with your heart and with unbridled emotion. Alderson is thinking with his head and is taking his time to make his decision because (a) it doesn’t look like any other manager hires are in the works (if you want to count the Pirates job fine) and (b) the manager right now is not important because the Mets will not be signing any big ticket free agents  this off season.

All I can say is let’s put some faith in Alderson, a man with a winning track record that he’ll make the right choice of manager . Of course the first time the Mets go on a five game losing streak all bets are off.

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  1. I like some manager candidates more than others but as you say whichever one Sandy and Co. want I’ve got to give them the benefit of the doubt on their choice.

    Funny that you note the announcers as exceptions. I support that. Sadly, I still remember Zabriskie’s lame call when the Mets clinched the division in ’86:

    “The inevitable has finally happened.”

    Epic, timeless, historical call there. Not.

  2. I’m impressed that you used “recuse” in a Mets-oriented blog. Well done, Mr. Kranepool, Law School awaits.

  3. A Nice Read, good points all around.

  4. Always thought Zabriskie was a pro’s pro. I liked him. Emotional, no but good.

  5. Good golly……..

    Can’t seem to get 1986 out of our systems. Can’t we get over it, babe?

    But I suppose we all need something to cling to.

    On the other hand, I have a plethora of memories as the Yankee experience is simply second to none.

    Now go ahead and threaten to take the town over again as I shake and quake in my boots.

    2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

  6. Rich, that’s what you get when you watch rerun after rerun of Law and Order

  7. GDHebner I don’t know what was worse Zabriskie’ delivery or his bright yellow dyed hair

  8. Well, McCarver is intelligent and informative ,smarter than most of us concerning baseball[which pisses off alot of folk] and I still miss him on broadcasts…I am stunned, staggered that wee Wally is not going to be chosen. Chastened into silence.Sandy must really really be in charge,which means housecleaning time, and means Melvin or Collins,{is Melvin the answer.Really?Sandy,really?}I am trusting to mystery here,trusting that all the brains assembled know what they are doing. Moot point ,though if Junior is still calling the shots

  9. Michael

    Since you’re the Yankee expert there’s something I’ve been wondering for a while and maybe you can help me out.

    What game is Michael Kay’s oft-repeated “This is the greatest game you will ever see!” call from?

  10. @GDHebner
    7/01/04 versus Boston.

  11. Patrick back in the day McFullofshit was a spot on analyst but now days he’s just annoying as hell. I blame Joe Buck because I blame Joe Buck but I blame Buck for all suckitude

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