How many of you have actually read the New Yorker article? You know what Wilpon said BEFORE the comments about Reyes wanting Crawford money? “He’s a racehorse.”
The firestorm about this article and Fred’s few sentences in a massive piece may seriously be an event which will give the phrase “much ado about nothing” a new level of meaning.
Toobin’s piece is huge; and it can be read for free at the New Yorker’s site:
This writer overreacted upon first hearing the “highlights.” This is what today’s outrageously dishonest, attention-driven corporate media helps us do.
Yes, Wilpon uttered a handful of sentences in which he said a few slightly critical things about Reyes, Wright, and Beltran. While also calling Jose a “racehorse” and admiring his base-stealing skills. And while also heavily complimenting Wright.
The article went on and on and detailed many things about Wilpon which have been common knowledge for years. He’s a self-made man, who eschews ostentatious shows of wealth. He’s a very generous family man. He’s very charitable, with a special soft spot for veterans.
Some usual suspects in the major sports media combed through this article, which is quite long, and picked out a handful of sentences–the ONLY ones in this huge piece which would create controversy–to attempt to ignite a media firestorm and paint an utterly out-of-context, inaccurate portrait of a man who quite clearly does love the team, and is pained by its failures.
Wilpon’s comment on the Dodger-centric original nature of Citi Field: “All the Dodger stuff-that was an error on my part.” I bet Adam Rubin did not publish that in his panting, euphoric race to again bash the Mets. Rubin again showed that he is the classic 21st century sensationalist-a giant, well-written, fair piece is clipped into the handful of things it contains which can be used to create a dramatically overstated slam against the Mets and the Wilpons.
Should Fred have made those remarks? Of course not. Was it an error in judgment made by a man whose major error might have been in being a little too honest while giving just a little too much access? Probably. And while he was watching the Astros game when the Mets lost after Jose was doubled off of first on a bad Thole bunt! Do any of us FANS remember that game? How were WE feeling during that low point of the season? This author did the postgame for this site that night, and that was THE low point of the year–after that horrible loss, the team sat at 5–13.
Yes Mr. Rubin and the rest of your kind–let’s judge Wilpon by a few sentences he made in the glowing stench of that loss.
But did he rant and rave a la Steinbrenner? Did he really slam his players? Absolutely not, which is very clear from actually reading the piece.
He criticized Jose’s desire for Crawford money—after calling him a “racehorse” and before admiring his stolen base abilities. He said Wright isn’t a “superstar.” How many Met fans disagree with this? And this was while calling Wright “a really good kid…a really good player.” Was Beltran overpaid? Absolutely. Is he maybe 65-70% today of what he was from 2006—2008? At best. Have they been a “sh***y team” the last few years? Sure have.
And that’s it.
That’s ALL Fred said in a massive article about his life, his history, his family, his friends, his charitable work, and his ownership of the Mets.
This writer is embarrassed and apologizes for knee-jerk reactions which assumed Toobin had somehow tricked Fred into saying things he did not.
This writer also most definitely is sticking to his guns in believing that this is one of the all-time classic cases of “much ado about nothing.”
Those who follow the likes of Adam Rubin in determining morality and the value of public figures miss the mark by a margin which is barely calculable.
Toobin’s piece was utterly fair, well-researched, and a well-rounded portrait of a man who has been hugely successful as well as hugely vilified. Leaving the Madoff issues aside, the venom which has come from some quarters today towards Wilpon for a literal handful of mildly critical statements is completely ridiculous. Absolutely unfair and totally out of proportion to what he actually said.
Read the piece and decide for yourself.
Don’t let the ratings-hungry distorters of truth decide for you.