There is something in the air . I can feel it. I can smell it. I can taste it, and whatever it is it’s not good.
Ever since Dino Costa of Sirius/XM erroneously claimed that the Miami Marlins were just a physical and a pen stroke away from signing Jose Reyes, I have sensed that for many Mets fans the honeymoon period with Sandy Alderson is over. But the question remains – why ?
First off lets get one thing clear, I am on the record stating that I believe Reyes is gone. That being said, I don’t think Alderson will let Reyes go without making the best offer that he can to retain Reyes. There just has to be a point where he says you know ” I have done all I could do with the budget that I have been given”. And this is where the rub lies.
As much “autonomy” (one of the most misleading words in all of baseball) that Sandy has, he is still at the mercy of the Wilpon’s finances. I am sure that Alderson would love to run a team with a payroll of 140 million dollars or more, but he has not- nor will he get a blank check to plug all the holes that this team has.
Alderson is in a classic “Catch 22″ situation. Other than the huge amount of debt that ownership has to pay down, coupled wth lawsuits filed by the victims of Madoff. It leaves Alderson in the bind that he has to rely on ticket sales as the main source of his operating budget. The less fans that pass through the turnstiles at Citi Field, or the less Mets centric merchandise that is sold will dictate into a lower budget to go out and obtain top Major League talent.
I know the old argument ” Well you need to spend money to make money !’ That is true and I am not denying that I am not happy that it looks like this will be another off season of dumpster diving, hoping we find another hidden gem among the Major League castoffs. But this is the card in which Sandy has been dealt and we have to live with it.
As a child I grew up rooting for the Mets during some of their darkest seasons. I saw their franchise players get traded for promising prospects that became borderline major leaguers. I saw first hand Shea Stadium – once a fun filled destination – turn into Grants tomb. I saw this teams rebirth in the ’80′s as well as it’s numerous ebbs and flows since. I am and always will be a Mets fan, and with being a Mets fan comes the feeling of hope. Yes hope is a four letter word that seems to be bandied around a lot these days. But it seems like the only things us Mets fans have to hang out orange and blue caps on.
So please let us not place the blame on Alderson when Jose leaves, or cry for his head if he comes back with Guillermo Mota as our closer for this season. He is trying to do more with the pennies and Wooden nickels that make up his budget.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
The first right fielder in Mets history, Gus Bell would have been 83 today (1928).
Mets reliever from ”85-’86, Randy Niemann is 56 (1955). “Captain Nemo” spent much of his time in the Mets organization. He was most recently the Mets bullpen coach in ’10.
The Atlanta Braves signed outfielder, Claudell Washington of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 15, 1980.
The New York Mets traded middle relievers, Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for reliever, Jon Adkins and outfielder, Ben Johnson on November 15, 2006. Many fans consider this one of Omar Minaya’s worst moves during his tenure as Mets general manager. Bell went on to become one of the best relievers int he National League, while Johnson and Adkins were gone by the end of the ’07 season.
The San Diego Padres signed reserve outfielder, Chip Ambres of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 15, 2007. Chip played in three games for the Mets that season. In three at bats, Chip went 1-3 with an RBI.
For Mo Vaughn it’s all about the cheese !!!