Sandy Alderson arrived at Citi Field on Friday to be introduced to the media for the very first time as General Manager.
Dressed in a light blue shirt and sporting a sharp yellow tie, Alderson was greeted by a small applause as he made his way to the podium to greet the press.
Alderson, accompanied by wife Linda, daughter Kate, son-in-law Greg and granddaughter Morgan, spoke very well and he seemed comfortable both in himself, the ownership and the direction he wants to take the club.
He talked about reducing financial inflexibility, the value he puts on home runs and on-base percentage, the qualities he's looking for in a new manager, why the franchise should never be simply average, and the steps needed to turn the Mets into title contenders.
I wasn't sure just how much importance I wanted to put on what he said today, but he did a fantastic job. His passion for baseball and respect for the fans shone through and I hope this is the start in a new chapter in New York's history.
Here are some quotes from today's press conference at Citi Field.