Sorry all trades are final, yes everyone on that list is available. You can mix and match, an outfielder and a pitcher for a back end reliever or Ike, a Billy Wagner bobblehead and an 8X10 of Jeff Wilpon and 50 Cent for shortstop, make me an offer nothing will be refused”
This past Sunday was one of those rare and wonderful days when I had nothing to do. It was a sit back relax and watch baseball day. I started out watching our beloved Amazin’s miss out on a sweep of The Cincinnati Red Legs losing 2-1. From there it was off to the west coast through the magic of MLB Extra Innings to Oakland to watch the A’s and the Mariners.
I love watching games from the Oakland Coliseum. It’s the closest you can get to remember the ambiance of Shea Stadium of the 1980’s. A’s fans put on a non-stop display of what it’s like to “root, root, root for the home team” complete with bells, whistles, drums, flags and banners. Just about everything you are not allowed to bring into Citi Field. The noise from the stands doesn’t break stride, in fact as I was enjoying my day of baseball, my wife was working on the NY Times crossword when she looked up and said “that’s not the Mets game is it” No dear it’s the Oakland A’s, I said to which she replied “I thought so, it was too noisy to be a Mets game”
Now my wife is not a baseball fan but she remembers what it was like at Shea in the ‘80’s when we were just like A’s fans. Mets fans hooted and hollered and jumped up and down so much it made the Upper Deck sway. We took our queue from our team of renegades just like the A’s fans do today and we fed off each other.
That feeling is lost at Citi Field. There have been a lot of columns written in the past couple of days about how this Mets team has been poorly constructed. Kevin Kernan of the NY Post wrote about the FUBAR approach Sandy Alderson has taken in handling the 1st base assignment. Michael Geus of 2 Guys Talking Mets Baseball wrote about the disconnect between the fan base and this team and how Alderson needs to step up and make a move and not let this season go down the drain. John Mackade of Mack’s Mets writes about the lack of direction and commitment to winning as well. Now I’m writing about it and many are Tweeting and posting comments on this site and many others are calling sports talk radio to vent that it’s time for Sandy Alderson to stop sitting on his hands and take charge and make some moves to improve this team. Not just with physically more talented players but with players who have better make up than most on this current roster.
The fans at Citi Field have taken on the personality of this club. This Mets team, just like the last four editions lacks a winning mentality. I have taken Terry Collins to task many times here as being more of a camp counselor than baseball manager but I’m starting to think I’ve given Collins more grief than he deserves and I’ve been too lenient with how Alderson has done his job.
We are in year four of the Alderson Era and while he has made big improvements in the farm system and pulled off two terrific trades, he’s failed when it comes to finding the type of players teams with limited money acquire that not only produce but have that certain something that translates into winning.
Alderson has done nothing to clean up the mess that is the Mets infield, where the only positive is David Wright at 3B. The rest of the infielders are comical on defense just as they have been last season and the season before. It seems he has gotten the outfield right although free agent signee Chris Young is on the shelf with a sore quad which leaves us with Eric Young Jr. Composing a bullpen has been more difficult for Alderson to solve than Calculus.
It’s time for Alderson to make some bold moves, if Lucas Duda is your man then deal Ike Davis. If you can deal Daniel Murphy for a reliever then do it. If you feel Wilmer Flores can hit at the big league level then bring him up. It’s time to step off the egg shells and get pro-active. The fan base in is a deep malaise. There are more fans milling around the Shea Bridge eating Shake Shack burgers and slugging down fancy boy beers and talking about how shitty the winter weather was and how they’ve been trying to sell unwanted tickets they have which is as fruitless as selling encyclopedias door to door.
This organization needs a solid kick in the ass and it’s up to the GM to put some steel toed boots on and start kicking.