As another season of futility is coming to an end with two long months still to go, the New York Mets have made themselves irrelevant, again.
Saddled with contracts that are undeserved, not earned, and poor judgment exercised on the part of management, the Wilpons and Omar have done it again. The translation to that last sentence...they have done nothing.
If I was a general manager on another team, I would be walking on Mars before I would take on the contracts of Carlos "Cupcake" Beltran, Luis Castillo, Jeff Francoeur, and the unmasked embarrassment of a thief himself, Oliver Perez.
If you look at the New York Mets as the team is situated right now, there are players who give us hope for the future, but I think that future will come to fruition during the 2012 season. The contracts of the aforementioned players expire at the end of the 2011 season, but what fan, even an ardent Mets' fan like myself, will stand for another losing season under the Wilpon/Minaya watch?
While I understand that baseball is a business, and I do despise the Yankees, I will give them credit for getting the players they feel will help them with their quest for another championship, and they will still make money. The Mets, on the other hand, will spend just enough to demonstrate to the fan base, that they are trying. Moreover, they will spend just enough in order to continue to fill their coffers at the fans' expense, and justify the appearance of trying.
As a Mets fan, this season is far worse than the 2009 campaign. Last season's excuse was injuries. What's the company line for the 2010 season? All the players are basically healthy, so where does the problem lie? I will give plenty of credit to David Wright, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana, Ike Davis, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, K-Rod, but they are far from the problem and I hope that the current climate of losing does not extinguish their passion for the game. It is no fun playing on a losing team without any heart. Maybe the Tin Woodsman can manage this team? However, all kidding aside, what and where are the blueprints that are being drawn up to get this franchise back on course?
There is no easy solution for the mess that the Mets are in. It will take time for the injuries to this franchise to heal. Come the 2011 season, Wally Backman could be the manager for the Mets, but I am guessing only if the price is right. As far as the general manager's job....well, Omar is under contract for two more years. I wonder what uncompromising pictures he has of the Wilpons that allow him to keep his job. Granted, not all the things Omar has done turned sour, but overall, he should be moved further upstairs and be banned from any baseball decisions, as should Fred and Jeff.
If Mets management was worried about attendance now, just wait. I remember going to games in September when there were 3,000-4,000 people at Shea. Then, they have to consider ticket renewals for the 2011 season. I am not, and never will be, a season ticket holder for the Mets for three reasons: Fred Wilpon; Jeff Wilpon; and the outlandish prices for tickets, food, and parking. I would need to get another mortgage to take my family to a game.
Lastly, take heart Mets fans, the future is on the way. If they do not screw it up.