POINTING THE FINGER

Com’on you really can’t be shocked that Jose Reyes is no longer a Met can you? I mean we’ve all been paying attention for the last year-year and a half right? Didn’t you watch the Mets last game of the season? As soon as Reyes took himself out of the game with a bunt single that all but sealed his batting crown you had to know he was right there an ex-Met. But of course as Mets fans (and NY sports fans) we have to point fingers so with let’s make sure we point the right fingers.

I’ll point two thumbs up to Sandy Alderson. Finally the Mets have an adult in charge that has the balls to make the right decision for what’s best for this franchise baseball wise. As I tweeted last night, Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon are the natural disasters who have ruined the Mets and Sandy Alderson and his staff is FEMA who have accessed the disaster which is the Mets organization from top to bottom and has put in a plan of attack to bring it back to where it’s a contender in the NL.  This will take time as most clean ups and rebuilds after devastation seem to do.

Two middle fingers pointed at Freddy Skill Sets, Uncle Saul Katz and Uncle Buddy. No matter which side you fall on in the Reyes departure we can all agree that these stumbblin’,bummblin’ asshats need to sell the team and sell it NOW! But they won’t because they have Uncle Bud sitting in the Commissioners chair who is nothing but an enabler to the problems in Flushing. No way in hell that Bowie Kuhn, Peter Uberoff or Fay Vincent would have put up this this destruction of the NY NL franchise. Right now I would say the Wilpon’s are the worst owners in the history of New York sports. Worse than Walter O’Malley, worse than Horace Stoneham, worse than even Jim Dolan. The Skill Sets are worse because they are holding on to the team for selfish reasons for their own personal pleasure. In their heart of black hearts they know they days as Mets owners are numbered as the debt just keeps piling up (if I had the dough I’d rent a billboard off the Grand Central with a debt clock like the one on 34 St that tracks the National debt to track the Wilpon’s debt on the Mets, Citi Field and SNY) if it weren’t for the cozy comforts of the Bud Selig’s Commissioners abode the Skill Sets would have been out on their broke ass a while. It’s going to happen sooner or later as Selig won’t stay in office too much longer and the banks and other lenders will be calling in their markers soon as will the Federal Court that will hear the law suit by the Trustees trying to recoup the Madoff loses and of course the shysters looking to be paid for their time and trouble.  You are living on borrowed time Skill Sets.

One thumb up for Jose Reyes. You were one the best and most popular Mets players of all time. Having met you on a couple of occasions I thought you were a great guy, full of energy and you seemed to really enjoy being a Met and a New Yorker. I’m happy for you and your family that you are all set for life financially; I wish you all the best and success in South Beach

One thumb down for Jose Reyes. I’m not torn up that your leaving the Mets, I know I should be but in a strange way I’m glad you’re gone. In another administration you would have been given 10 years and $200 mil in Madoff Bucks, then you’d have been out of shape and pulling hammy’s like Turkish taffy. You waited for the Mets to make you an offer but your agents forgot that Omar doesn’t live here anymore and were told by Sandy Alderson, “make you an offer”? No, how about you go out and find what the market is then call me back” Guess what? There was only one bidder in the market. I’m sure Marlins President of Baseball Ops Larry Beinfest was overruled by Jeffery Loria and David Samson on this signing. The Marlins pulled a MInaya, bidding against themselves. Give Reyes agent Peter Greenberg credit for getting his client this deal as no other team would come close to offering it to Reyes.

Two big middle fingers, a crotch grab and drop my draws kiss my Royal Irish Ass to the Mets beat writers who no matter how this went down would kill the Mets. They all had two stored away on their laptops one for when the Mets sign Reyes to a long term deal so they could kill them for over paying in money and years and the stories we see today, killing them for not signing Reyes. It goes back to the organization allowing itself to get bullied by the media and never striking back. I’ll give props to the Late Leader of the Bronx Bastards, he knew how to get back at the press, take away their free food, fucking freeloaders.   

Ten fingers waving bye-bye to all the fair weather Mets fans who say they won’t go to Citi Field again and won’t watch the games on TV and on and on. How people spend their money and time is their own business and if you don’t want anything to do with the Mets that’s fine. We won’t miss you guys anyway.

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MORE WILD CARD TEAMS? THANK YOU UNCLE BUD!

A few quick hits as my workload is piling up and next week is a real shorty for me:

I guess I’m numb to MLB screwing with the game that I’m not upset over the adding of a second wild card, maybe as soon as this coming season. In fact as a Mets fan, I should be ecstatic about it as it gives the team a better chance to reach the organizations goal of “meaningful games in September”.

 I would even go further even further with the destruction of what was once sacred the 162 games season and a true league champion, and abolish the division structure and make two 15 team leagues and have the first 8 teams make the playoffs. I guess it’s the NHL/ (defunct) NBA fan in me that would like to see this. Cut the season to 148 or 150 games and start 1 plays 8, 2 play 7 and so on, 7 game series.  You’d have to have a balanced schedule, which  you should anyway with a wild card spot in play, and with 15 teams per league, there has to be an interleague game every day. Hey can’t have anything but anything that gets the Mets closer to a post season berth gets my vote.  

Check out Ed “Rusty Jr.” at the Real Dirty Mets as he has posted video of the Mets bloggers talking with Howie Rose and David Wright.

I guess you heard that the Skill Sets have seven investors lined up to buy a minority share of the club for $20 mil. I am proud to say I have inquired about buying in and have 20 of these bills ready for delivery to get my piece of the Mets pie.  NYUCK! NYUCK! NYUCK!

As we get closer to Thanksgiving I just want to say how thankful I am that I am not a fan of the NY Jets. Being a Mets fan is agonizing enough but I really feel for the Mets/Jets fan of which they are plentiful. With that said, Dirty Sanchez sucks, Rex needs to shut the fuck up and Brian Schottenheimer makes the awful Kevin Gilbride look like Vince Lombardi in his heyday as NY Giants OC.  By the way, for all the insults hurled at Tim Teabow, he may not be a work of art and statistically unimpressive but the results are there as the Broncos are tied for the AFC West lead with Oakland. Who’da think it Teabow in the playoffs and Dirty Sanchez on the couch.

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FOR METS FANS, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

Yes, this is a picture of the Greatest Rock N Roll Band of all time!

It’s getting harder to post anything about the Mets because every time I start to write a post this song pops in my head.  Every day, all day it’s Reyes and Wright, Wright and Reyes. Reyes to the Marlins or the Brewers or the Giants anywhere but the Mets. Trade Wright, Pay Wright, Bring the fences in for Wright on and on it’s the Mets fan/media version of waterboarding.

It seems there is a segment of Mets fans out there that cannot see the Shake Shake   for the chop shops, it has not sunk into the skulls of a segment of the Flushing congregation that the family who owns our beloved Mets are close to broke and have no clue how to raise capital to run the franchise nor do they trust anyone outside their inner circle to bring in as partners. The Skill Sets are the Amish of MLB.

It is these same clueless fans who think Sandy Alderson owns the team. It escapes their pea brains that the GM can only spend what is allotted to him in a budget and even if he had an unlimited budget he still would not spend it like a clueless dolt (ladies and gentlemen  how about a hand for Omar Minaya).

The Mets are up shit’s creek for a few reasons, first, Bernie Madoff got caught and the funny money from his Ponzi scheme that fuled the franchise coffers are gone. Second, the legal fees alone are ruining the Skill Sets, sharks lawyers don’t work for free and I’m sure the shysters are livin’ large on the Skill Sets dole, third, The Skill Sets are selfish bastards who should sell the team but are hanging on for their dear self-centered life with an assist from Uncle Bud.  All in all it makes for a huge mess. The mess was inherited by Sandy Alderson, a man who knows how to clean up such messes, the problem is this mess is beyond sweeping and moping it’s a real industrial strength mess that may take a while to clean up.

Mets  fans want to be told that the franchise is in rebuild mode. Well, since some of you can’t figure it out by reading all the clues you’ve been given, I’ll let you in on the Skill Sets dirty little secret, the team is in rebuild mode.

First it will be letting Jose Reyes depart, unless of course he’ll take a 4yr/$75-$80 mil deal. He won’t. Next it will be David Wright departing. The fences of Citi Field were brought in so Wright can get back on the offensive track so he will be quite desirable to other teams come the trade deadline, this is fatting up the hog for slaughter.  Same deal with Johan Santana, Alderson and company are hoping he comes back like the old Johan so maybe there is a team who would take on his bloated contract to make a post season run. In order to deal off Jason Bay it will take a cocktail of strong narcotics or snapshots of a GM mating with an animal to get that done.

Let me give you folks a dose of reality, the Mets will not contend in 2012 in fact 2012 has a chance to be worse than 2011. So you can make your plans now, either hang in and ride out the storm the next season or jump ship and find another team to root for. In fact all you Jose Reyes groupies can flock to the team that he signs with since your allegiance is more to the players than to the team.

Me? I’ll hang with the organization, the same organization I take to task on what seems to be a daily basis but can’t ever think of turning my back on. It’s going to be a long summer at Citi Field but I’ll still be there rooting for whoever puts on the Mets uniform because to me it makes no difference who owns the team. I look at like this, I was here before the Skill Sets and I’ll be here after the Skill Sets but what has me seeing at least a glimmer of light at the end of the Cliff Floyd Tunnel is I believe Sandy Alderson has a plan and he feels the plan will pay off. I guess I need to hang my hopes on something.

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MONEY, WE’LL GET BACK I’M ALLRIGHT JACK KEEP YOU HANDS OFF OF MY CAP

Cap-gate just won’t go away, now that all parties involved are in full CYA(Cover Your Ass) mode. Reports today claim Bud Selig is outraged, outraged I tell you, that MLB is being viewed as the villain here. Selig feels he was betrayed by Mets management over this awful publicity claiming that LB told the Mets way in advance that the New Era $36.99 retail caps with the American flag sown in Taiwan must be worn as the game day cap. Ooops someone forgot to tell the players that.

Then we find out that Jeffey Skill Sets was on the horn with the Commissioner’s office ( I guess Freddy and Uncle Saul were playing in a Maj Jong tournament down at the beach club, leaving a boy to do a man’s job) and as all things involving Jeffey, a bit of a cluster fuck ensued. My guess is Jeffey thought because Uncle Bud is tight with Daddy and Uncle Saul, he’d tell the players that the organization would be met with a heavy penalty if they wore the caps.  But Uncle Bud claims “no way” that he would have taken action against the Mets via fines or any other punishment. Well, Uncle Bud didn’t say it, his mouth piece ,Clueless Joe Torre did as he made the rounds on the radio to defend MLB but instead came off as a shill for the Commissioners office instead.

Then we have the players, and my question is how is Josh Thole the Mets player rep? Here is a young guy just his first full year in the big leagues trying to adjust to big league life and has to be the union rep as well. Not for anything but David Wright can you please step up in that clubhouse for once in your Mets life. Wright does a lot of marvelous charity work and is to be commended but how about stepping up and not leaving tough team decisions to a kid who is trying to hang on to a big league job. I feel for Thole as he is not in a position to take a stand as he can be sent back to the minors at any time but Wright, it would have been nice if he stood up and said “Fuck this, put the hats on fellas’ and let’s go” it would have gone down as one of the great moments in Mets history.

Now we come to the manager who made be starting to show a little bit of wear and tear from a difficult season. Seems he’s put the blame on Cap-gate as the reason the Mets were not focused last night against the Nats. Last night’s starter, Old Reliable R.A. Dickey said that as far as the players were concerned the cap controversy had nothing to do with the loss or team focus.  I think the woeful play is more the fact that this was a game played by two teams that are playing out the string and are counting the days until they can go home and enjoy the fall and winter. Collins using the cap controversy is a cop out and as much as I feel he has done a great job this season and deserves  an extra year on his contract, it’s situations like this that make me feel that his tenure as Mets manager could fall fast and furious.

Hopefully this cap-a-skew is behind the team and they can get on finishing off the season on a high note and hopefully the manager can calm down a bit and not find excuses for losses.

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