Sandy Alderson’s Mets Honeymoon Ends Wednesday Night

This winter will be more of an inferno than a hot stove for the Mets and it will be the defining off season for the Sandy Alderson regime. From reading Mets news this morning the hottest topic of the winter will be what becomes of David Wright and from where I sit I’d say we are looking at Wright becoming an ex-Met by the new year than a long term Met with a contract extension.

I’ve gone through this exercise before, it may be best for both the Mets and Wright to separate, this isn’t to say I want Wright to go, not at all, if he signed a long term contract to be a Met For Life that’s fine with me and if he and Sandy Alderson can agree on terms that are beneficial to the team and Wright well, hallelujah but the odds of that happening are as slim as Tom “The Blade” Hall in the stretch position.

What Alderson has to worry about is getting back players of value for Wright if he and Team DW are so far apart in negotiation that he has to think about moving him, if he lets Wright walk a la Jose Reyes, I’m heading for the nearest fallout shelter because it will Mets fan Armageddon in Flushing.

At some point we in the fan base have to make up our minds do we want a winning team or do we want this bunch of great guys to hang around and win 70-75 games every year?  There are some in the fan base who treat the Mets as a Lifetime Network movie, they get all emotional when players they love are mentioned as trade bait (or should I say traid bate ?) You can’t keep everybody. One of Frank Cashen’s successful management moves was to shuffle the roster even when coming off a successful season.  Cashen was drawn and quartered for not giving in to Ray Knight’s contract demands after the 1986 World Series in which Knight was the MVP of the series. As it turned out, Cashen made the correct move in letting Knight walk.  Alderson will make the same decision on Wright and do what is best for the New York Mets.  If Wright leaves there will be outrage and nastiness not seen in these parts since June 15th 1977, unless of course the Mets win the 2013 or 2014 World Series, then it will be David Who?

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NEW YORK METS WILL CONDUCT WINTER COAT DRIVE ON WEDNESDAY AT CITI FIELD

On Wednesday December 14th the Mets and New York Cares will join forces for their 5th Annual Winter Coat drive. For donating one or more winter coats you get a voucher for  two tickets to a Mets game at Citi Field for select April games. Here are the full details of the coat drive:

The New York Mets, SNY and New York Cares are teaming up for the 5thannual Mets “Warm Up” Holiday Coat Drive Wednesday, December 14 at Citi Field.

 Fans donating one or more coats will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to a select Mets game in April 2012 and a coupon to receive 15% off regularly priced merchandise at the Mets Team Store on December 14 only.  Season Ticket Holders who donate coats will get 20% off regularly priced items upon showing their Season Ticket Holder ID card.

 

Coats will be collected at the Seaver VIP entrance of Citi Field between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Fans may use parking Lot B (Entrance 8) on the north side of the ballpark off Shea Road.

 

In addition, the New York Cares’ Youth Service Club team that collects the most coats through December 23 will be honored by the Mets during a special on-field, pre-game ceremony at Citi Field in 2012.  The Mets will also give the winning team tickets for students and a friend to attend the game at which they will be honored.  The New York Cares’ Youth Service Clubs provide community service opportunities at 48 New York City public schools.

 

The goal of the New York Cares Coat Drive is to collect 100,000 coats by December 31 for men, women and children in need in New York City.  There is a special need for children’s and large men’s coats this year. 

 

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THE METS KNEE-ED THAT ONE

 

photo courtesy of the NY Daily News

When you haven’t had a walk off win all season you take what you can get, and last night after Frankie Rodriguez came one strike away from saving a stellar start by R.A. Dickey (any of you dinosaurs out there still rely on won-loss record to evaluate starting pitcher’s?) but spit the bit and sent the game into extra innings. It wasn’t until Ginger Turner took one for the team in the 13th taking a pitch to the knee to force home Lucas Duda for the win.

What a game and what a day yesterday. First the news that Ike is not progressing well and we still have to wait three weeks to see if Ike will be back in August or February. Today we get more medical news on David Wright and with the way the Mets luck has been with injuries I wouldn’t be shocked to hear he’s done for the year as well. When you’re a Mets fan it’s “expect the worst and hope for the not so bad”.

All this medical talk has gotten in the way of Mets fans favorite past time, figuring out if Jose Reyes will be traded, re-signed or lost as a free agent. The subject it seems has not been beaten enough so let me give my opinion on the Reyes situation that changes daily:

I want Jose Reyes to stay with the Mets but:

If Sandy Alderson gets bowled over with an offer from a team that feels they are a World Series contender that includes a young ML ready starting pitcher or a top flight number one pitching prospect then he has to make the deal.

If there is no top offer like that then keep Reyes and take a chance you can match any offer he gets in the off season.

Again Mets fan this is not about you, you do not figure in any of the Reyes negotiation. It’s about Reyes and the financial security of his family, it’s about the Mets committing years and money to one player when this team is not one player away from being a winning team , it’s about Reyes making the biggest decision of his life whether to leave the only organization he has ever known to go to parts unknown. So does Reyes take in the old devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know adage, or does he say baseball is baseball and follows the money. Rally’s and signs and t-shirts are nice and shows ownership that there is still passion in the fan base so maybe a small part of the discussion to keep Reyes will be the fan reaction (a/k/a buying tickets) bottom line is Sandy Alderson has to do what’s good for the Mets and Jose Reyes has to do what’s good for the Reyes’s .

Right now it’s all in a holding pattern, check back on July 10ththe last game before the All Star break to see which way the wind blows in Flushing. If the Mets are still part of the Wild Card pack then they could be buyers (a catcher, reliever or if Ike is done for year a right handed bat for 1stBase) if they are also ran’s then the selloff will be on.

Right now let’s concentrate on the Mets beating the A’s today for a series win.

Here is something we can all agree on, we can’t stand Joe Buck and hate when his new gravel voice comes on the FOX Game of the Week. So it is your duty to sign the petition put forth by Matthew Falkenburry of The Daily Stache to have FOX give the World Series play by play job this season to Vin Scully. Since the day I subscribed to MLB Extra Innings I’ve found a new appreciation for Scully doing Dodger games solo. His play by play and storytelling are still spot on. I don’t know if Scully would be up to doing another World Series as he doesn’t travel past Denver to do Dodger games plus we’re dealing with FOX here, a place where closed minds are pre requisite for employment but it’s worth a shot to show FOX and MLB that a change is needed in the national broadcast booth and to send a message to Vinny that baseball fans still love him.

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz WHAT? NO, NO METS NEWS TODAY, ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

Motivation to blog about the Mets is a real challenge today. Everyday at the Winter Meetings is Groundhog Day. But I guess there are a few moves that need to be addressed so here we go:

Scott Boras has entered the building and I agree with Mike Silva, Boras needs the Mets to get in the mix for Matt Holiday just to drive the price up. The Mets, Cardinals, Red Sox and maybe the Angels are Holiday’s best bets and with Boras blowing smoke up Mets managements ass about having the wherewith all to sign Holiday it’s quite clear that playing for a winning team is not paramount to Holiday signing a contract.

“The Mets have a network and they have an infrastructure there that is, I mean, it’s a juggernaut economically,” Boras said at the winter meetings Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve seen what NESN has done and they’ve become if not a multi-billion, over a billion-dollar franchise. The YES Network is a multi-billion dollar network and franchise. The infrastructure that they’ve built with the SNY network follows. They’ve got a brand new ballpark. They’re in New York City. Their revenues are in the top three or four in baseball. I mean, the New York Mets have a lot of choices. And the Wilpon family is very successful. Sure, the Mets can sign any player they want to if they so choose to.”

There is nothing in that statement that you can argue with. If you are a Mets fan, Scott Boras just did you the biggest favor of the off season by calling bullshit on the Mets inactivity. Of course he doesn’t give a shit about you or me or any Mets fan but by calling out the ownership to get in the game, we owe him some gratitude.

The piece of baseball news I’ve heard so far these winter meetings was that Peter Gammons has left the WWL and will join MLB.com and the MLB Network. I have had the pleasure of watching the Cape Cod League All Star game with Gammons a few years ago in Orleans and he was a real gentleman. We not just talked baseball but he is a real encyclopedia of Rock and Roll history as well. Congratulations Pete!

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