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Can Someone Tell Mets Ownership That the Phillies Won the World Series?

Bob BarkerContributor IJanuary 25, 2009

I know Omar Minaya knows that the Phillies are world champions (no sentence pains me more to write), but do Jeff and Fred Wilpon have any idea?

Do they understand that their team has choked away back-to-back September division leads? Do they know that the Phillies and Braves improved themselves this offseason and that the Marlins are emerging as competitors as well?

While they are busy counting their cash from PSL's, $7 hot dogs, $10 beers, and ticket prices that not many are going to be able to afford in today's economic climate, the fans are certainly going to be wondering "what if?" I can see myself and other die-hards asking these questions by June 1:

What if...

The Mets had signed Manny Ramirez to a two- or three-year deal to play left field and bat cleanup? Would anyone want to face a 3-4-5 of David Wright, Manny, and Carlos Beltran? How can you possibly game plan to pitch to that?

Wouldn't a splash like this be a perfect gift to an extremely loyal fan base for using THEIR tax dollars to build a beautiful new stadium? Wouldn't this be the sense of urgency the fans are looking for after two heartbreaking and gut-wrenching September meltdowns that saw the offense stall in the most important and clutch situations? And wouldn't this be a great answer to the championship that our arch rivals now claim?

What if...

The Mets recognized the giant anchor at second base and made a play for Orlando Hudson and worried about getting rid of Luis Castillo later? Don't they understand that Castillo is going to bring about the first flurry of boos into the new stadium?

What was Minaya thinking when he gave him a four-year contract? Are they seriously trying to exchange him for another bad contract (why not call Arizona about Eric Byrnes for Castillo and Nick Evans?) or was that just said to appease the fans? Did they watch any of Castillo's at-bats last season and want to rip their hair out, as many of us did?

What if...

The Wilpons hadn't lost all of that money in Madoff's investment scam? Would Manny be here by now? Would they have upped the ante to get Derek Lowe? Would they be more willing to roll the dice on a guy like Ben Sheets? Would they be more hesitant to pay two guys at the same position (second base)?

What if...

The Phillies had just won the World Series after the Mets endured their second September collapse? Would ownership show a sense or urgency to improve the team and assure the fans that they are more committed to winning than they are to making money?

Wait, we know the answer to that one...

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