In my column yesterday I spoke of a strange dream that I had in which featured extremely jovial ex managers Jerry Manuel and Willie Randolph. The dream I had lingered in my memory bank throughout the day,and I couldn’t help dredging it up during yesterdays twin bill debacle.
Here is a disclaimer before you read on , I still believe in this team – and I still stand by my prediction that this team will be a over .500 team once the dust settles.
But if I was the Wilpon and Saul Katz right now, I would contemplate taking heavy doses Ambien right now, because I do not see them getting much sleep in the near future. First off I am sure seeing the now three year old structure known as Citi Field three quarters empty on Thursday made Jeff Wilpon take a mad dash to the Rums of Puerto Rico stand for a extra strong strawberry daiquiri. And truth be told if the team keeps playing this abysmal style of baseball his hand, along with Daddy Fred and Unky Saul will have to sell way more than 25 % of this team if they are going to be able to stay financially viable for this entire season.
There were reports yesterday that two-thirds of the final three investors have walked away from the table because they did not like the way the books dictated the financial stability of this franchise. Was this more of a passion play in order to leverage more power from this franchise ? Probably, I can’t see a investor freeing up twenty million dollars for a parking space, season tickets and a right to attend board meetings where they won’t have a say. That’s like saying I am willing to buy a piece of Capitol Records – and the only thing I get is a free Barry Manilow back catalog.
So far I am happy with the job that both Sandy and Terry are doing. They seem to be trying their best with a fundamentally flawed roster. Sandy seems to be attentive to the team’s blunderings – and has tried to make adjustments. Terry seems to be saying the right things during his daily briefings, but he is just one man, he can’t go out and make the plays on the field for his players. He seems to be living and dieing with every loss that piles up. He isn’t a jokester like Jerry – or mousy like Art. There is a obvious fire in his belly, and if this shoddy lay continues I expect to see Mount St. Terry erupt.
But in the mean time I think it is time for Fred and Saul to start looking for retirement homes in Boca, and Jeff maybe you can live in the guest house.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include:
An original member of Casey Stengel’s coaching staff, Solly Hemus is 88 (1923).
One time Astros star who would become the Mets hitting coach from ’03-’04, Denny Walling is 57 (1954).
Pinch hitter for the Mets during the ’01 season, Gary Bennett is 39 (1972).He appeared in only one game for the Mets that season, and had one hit in one at bat. He was demoted to the minors after that and was traded to the Rockies for Ender Chavez later that season.
Mo Vaughn feels that all the Mets need to change their evil ways is a seven burgers two orders of chili fries , three hot dogs from 5 Guys and a Diet Coke !