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New York Yankees Fan's Take on New York Mets Losing Jose Reyes to Miami Marlins

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Fans hold banners in reference to Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 28, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Kate ConroySenior Analyst IIDecember 6, 2011

The New York Mets ownership could take a lesson from their neighbors in the Bronx.

A team doesn’t let their best player go without a fight, but when your owner is broke and too selfish to sell a team he can’t afford, guess who is going to suffer?

The team.

That is exactly what happened to the Mets when the news broke via a Ken Rosenthal tweet that shortstop Jose Reyes signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical.

Mets fans will be livid with this news and knowing that no offer was even on the table to Reyes in the first place, but what could they really expect?

See, when current Mets GM Sandy Alderson took the job last offseason, owner Fred Wilpon was still an upstanding citizen with a lot of money.

Now Wilpon is broke, with a pending lawsuit against him for being involved in his childhood buddy Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

In essence, leaving the Mets and Alderson hogged tied with zero money to spend; but according to a recent article I read on Mets Merized Online, this was not a surprise for Alderson, as he knew this coming into the job.

Still, regardless of the Mets financial history, it doesn’t change that their best player has gone to a division rival; along with the promises Wilpon made to give Mets fans a winning team, which is clear by the payroll being lowered to under $100 million.

To a fan, this just seems like more lies out of a selfish man’s mouth.

Wilpon needs to put aside his inflated ego and do what is right, which to sell the team. It is not fair to the city of New York, but mainly to the loyal Mets fans that have suffered way too much already.

This team plays in the biggest spotlight, and has been in the shadow of the New York Yankees for way too long without a fighting chance to compete.

My guess is losing Reyes is just the start of more misery in Queens, and the only person to blame is Fred Wilpon.

Hopefully it won’t get to the point were Citi Field is empty, as MLB commissioner Bud Selig can force the sale as Wilpon owes baseball $25 million that was to be paid by this past November, but it was not.

Look, if all the other rumored debt the Wilpon family is supposedly up to their ears in is deemed true, the Mets could get a new owner sooner, rather than later.

For now it is adios to Jose Reyes, and all hope that maybe 2012 would be a baby step in the right direction for the New York Mets.

It certainly makes me appreciate the Yankees ownership a lot more, as the team always comes first in the Bronx.

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