Yeah, like I’m positive this has been an awful season. And the Mets listless and unemotional play of late is driving me positively batty.
Seriously, the negative Met stories are running on longer than the line for a burger at the Shake Shack at CitiField. Or maybe I can’t even make that analogy anymore since the Mets have suffered the lowest dropoff in attendance in MLB (last year compared to this year). The novelty of the new stadium has worn off quickly, and the patience of Met fans has been eroded by management’s seemingly unending patience with the status quo.
Sure, you might find the occasional light and positive piece on a Jon Niese or an Angel Pagan, but these guys should be cogs on a successful team, not the central focus. These type of stories about hard workin’ team players only emphasize the fact that the core of the team is floundering. Next year the Mets will pay seven current players a total of 120 million, which, to obtain the same result, will be painful.
How about a hopeful angle…Wally Backman is waiting in the wings, getting groomed in the minor leagues to take over for an ineffectual Jerry Manuel. I’d like to see a little of Wally’s fire at the helm, maybe his leadership will add some accountability to the team.
And accountability is what this team is sorely lacking. Matt Cerrone says it best in his blog on Metsblog today…”Unacceptable – Consequences = Acceptable” Jeff Wilpon called the team’s lack of progress “unacceptable” last year, but if nothing happens as a result, then that sends a message that it actually is acceptable.
The Mets were conspicuously absent from the trade deadline dealing this year. Listen, I’m OK with refusing to give up prospects to rent a Jake Westbrook. Doing nothing however sends a message that the team is keeping its fingers crossed that the nightmare seasons for Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran were an anomaly, that Johan Santana’s “decline” is a myth and that the expectations for Jose Reyes and David Wright remain justifiably high. But if that’s the Mets philosophy, then they better be active this winter!
They need some kind of Prince Charming to come in and sweep the fans off their feet again. Perhaps a Prince named Fielder….
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Written by Mark Reichman