New York Mets: An Open Letter to the Wilpon Family Before Spring Training
Dear Mr. Wilpon,
I have been a fan of the Mets for about five years now. I was a Yankee fan, but as I watched the '06 NLCS I saw a shift of power in New York teams, or at least I thought. I made the switch and jumped ship because I liked the talent and core of this team. With young players like David Wright and Jose Reyes mixed with power hitting veterans like Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran, it seemed like this team was destined for a title.
Then came the 2007 season, the start of the end, the team was a mainstay at first place for most of the year, until that final month. This was known as the 2007 collapse. In 2008, your general manager Omar Minaya traded for ace pitcher Johan Santana. Mets nation was abuzz about how Johan was much better than previous Opening Day starter, Tom Glavine. This was true, as Santana was hitting his prime and Glavine was nearing the end of his career.
During that 2008 season, your team underperformed and were in the middle of the bunch in the NL for most of that year. I still believe that they were feeling the effects of the collapse. Mr. Wilpon this is when you fired manager Willie Randolph and replaced him with bench coach Jerry Manuel. Many people said Minaya made this decision, but we all know that your ego wouldn't allow him to make any "real" decisions. That season the team showed heart as they made a late season push, only to be outdone by the Brewers who took the wild-card spot from the team.
Since then the team has looked more like a mid-market team rather than a big city team. I believe you are to blame Mr. Wilpon. Your friendship with Bernie Madoff also pushed this team back financially and ruined the experience for us fans. I know you say you had no idea, but believe me no one is that naive. Most of the core of this team is gone now, with David Wright being the only piece left and he will likely be traded this season.
I want you to know that you have ruined the experience of each of the last three seasons for me.
I guess I'm writing this to get most of my frustrations out, and I realize you will never read this. Hopefully by midseason of 2012 the MLB will take over the team. I know you have a special friendship with Bud Selig, but I am begging you to let the MLB take over the team!
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