I’ve been writing on this blog for 13 years and for 9 of those years it’s been fun. I couldn’t wait to post something here and discuss the wins, loses, positive steps the organization was making and pointing out their failures. But as I said the last 4 years have been a chore to the point where I really, really have to be motivated to post anything here.
There are just so many anti-owner and fire the manager and cut this guy and sign this guy and lower your ticket prices posts you can do before you realize, what’s the point.
Of the 4 teams I root for in pro sports, it’s the NY Mets I love the most and the one that gives back to me the least.
Rooting for the NY Giants, NY Rangers and Boston Celtics can be a challenge as well at times, but with those three teams I know that each and every owner, GM and coach is committed to winning. Can I say that about the Mets? Sadly no.
Not one of those organizations would allow a coach to stay on for four seasons with not just losing records but without any positive progress either.
It’s not just the fact the Terry Collins will most likely stay on as manager, it’s also the lack of confidence I have that the front office and ownership will make changes to the roster and make this team into a contender. As much good work as Sandy Alderson has done building a solid foundation with the farm system and trading veterans for solid prospects, he hasn’t shown that he can make the baseball trade where he deals his young talent for another teams young talent.
The ownership puts its tap shoes on when the question of raising the payroll out the Oriental Avenue territory to at least Marvin Gardens. Jeffy and Fred give us the ol’ okey-doke like the Abbot and Costello gag about 13 X 7= 21. The Skill Sets get $30 mil off the previous year’s payroll and spend just $20 mil of that and tell us that the payroll for that year is up $20mil. When Sandy Alderson is asked about the other $10 mil he goes into lawyer speak and our eyes glaze over and our minds turn to mush to the point where we forget what the question was.
The lethargy is even spreading to the TV broadcast booth. Thankfully Keith Hernandez keeps on being Keith Hernandez but I get the sense that both Gary Cohen and Ron Darling are a bit burned out from the suckitude of that last few seasons. When it’s just Gary and Ron the energy drops a bit. That’s not a criticism because really who can blame them for not getting juiced about this listless bunch.