The 2009 New York Mets: Built to Compete, Not To Win

Richard Marsh@RichardMarshSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2009

I am going to make this short and sweet. The New York Mets, in the midst of two of the worst collapses in their history, seem hell bent to repeat the debacle of the last three, yes three Septembers.

Mets fans have been overwhelming in their support for the acquisition of Manny Ramirez. They have also begged ownership and their general manager to stand up and take accountability for the disaster at second base.

They are obviously enormously pleased with the bullpen overhaul, but if opening day was tomorrow they would be spending the entire season chasing the Phillies.

I have said previously as much as I loathe "The Evil Empire," I have to respect the effort they make each year to put the best possible players on the field, to get them into and ultimately win the World Series. Whether they do or don't is a matter of records and say what you will, but 26 championships looks like "scoreboard" to me.

The Mets don't operate that way. Does anybody really believe that the Wilpons do not have the money to spend? Are you serious? These are billionaires. They've got it, they're just reluctant to go "ALL IN."

This is just ludicrous and I don't mean that rapper guy. What is it going to take to wake this ownership up? Frankly, after watching the slow improvements that this team tries to make every year in order to compete, it's just not enough.

I grew up in this country's first city and that city is New York. We walk around this town like we're Tony Manero and to be on top should be our criteria. I am sick and tired of this team acting like they are a small market club and the red headed stepbrother to the Yankees.

It's the same thing with the Giants and our NY J-E-T-S Jets.

It's now or never, wake the hell up Mets. The 2009 season is just two months away and soon there will be no impact players left. You've already played your early cards and everyone knows what's left in your hand. If you play your remaining cards the way you always do you are going to lose again and again and again.