The fact that the New York Mets can even stay somewhat relevant on the NY media circuit right now is an amazing feat in and of itself. But why is it that everything that I’m hearing or reading is simply wrong?
During a question and answer session with Mets ticket holders on Sunday morning, GM Sandy Alderson stated he expects “that David Wright and R.A. will be here, not only next year but longer term.” He also said that the Mets are “committed to trying to bring those two back. I hope they’ll both be back and I’m excited about the possibilities they will be.”
While most fans would say this is actually the first right thing Alderson has said all season, I just can’t deem it so yet. Since both players won’t discuss their contracts until the season is over, unfortunately that means that we have to wait a little longer to see if Sandy puts his money where his mouth is.
I love to dissect things, and in his wording I feel like he’s taking Mets fans as selective listeners. Of course they hear Wright, Dickey, and long term, but did they hear, “I fully expect” “trying to” and “I hope” when referencing the two. I’m not saying that he took the time to carefully plan out his phrasing when addressing the issue. I’m just saying that if Wright and Dickey deals do fall through, or at least long term ones, Alderson can look back on how he addressed the fans and say, “Hey, everything I said was true.” Meanwhile they are offered low ball contracts and another franchise scoops them up.
Bottom line: As soon as the season is over, Alderson needs to lock those two up.
Mets fans need those deals to be completed in a quick manor. They need something to look forward to at this point, aside from the third place finish in the National League East which is what manager Terry Collins is striving for, leading to the second just flat out wrong thing I’ve heard recently. Terry actually said to the Post, “We talked, how it would be great for us — with the way we started the season — to finish third.”
No, Terry, there is nothing great about finishing in third. Is it better than last? Eh, if you’re out of the playoffs it doesn’t really matter anyway. To even make a statement like that is a slap in the face to the fans. With the way the Mets started the season I should be opening my paper every day to track the race for not only a wild card position, but for a top NL East position.
I understand what Terry was saying in a way, but with the way the Mets first half was, third place is simply unacceptable.
And finally, the third, not even wrong almost just silly, headline I came across was from foxnews.com and it said simply, “Mets, Phillies set to renew rivalry.”
How is that even possible when both teams are playing sub .500 ball? The Phillies are 16.5 games out of first, and the Mets are two behind that. Sure it would be nice to beat Philly still, because let’s face it, it’s still Philly, but what exactly is there to rival over?
Oh, it must be that coveted third place spot Terry mentioned.
With the way the second half of the season has been going I know it’s easy to focus on the negatives, so I will take this time to be positive: Although it was to the Astros, the worst team in baseball, it was nice to see the Mets take a series at home. The pile on celebration and pie in the face after Ike’s walk off home run in Sunday’s game was a bit much. Overall, still nice for anyone who is actually still going to Citi Field to see them win a game.
(Okay, so I can’t do positive all that well with the Mets right now.)