Friday, March 12, 2010


No, I am not ready to commit myself into a sanitarium. I've been a Mets fan for 27 years. If I haven't jumped off the 59th Street Bridge or off the top of Shea Stadium (when it was still around), I guess they haven't driven me to do anything maniacal yet. Well, except for the drinking part. I do blame them for that.

I was having a discussion with some folks about the team. I was Dumbfounded yesterday. Some of the talks about this whole thing with Jose Reyes are conspiracy theorists but one that kind of sort of makes sense is that if he has to use a synthetic hormone to overcome his hyperthyroidism, perhaps it may be construed as a "banned" substance in MLB and he'd be suspended anyway?

I guess I am grasping at straws here. But it was something I wrote in response to a comment that made me realize why I am so dumbfounded about the whole Mets situation. Beltran gets hurt and has surgery in the offseason. Okay fine. Reyes is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism but is going to be projected to be out for 2-8 weeks. Uh, yuck. So now what? I know it sucks that two of our biggest dynamic superstars will be out, and we have nothing to blame this year. No WBC, no building of CitiField over an ancient Indian burial ground. We can't even blame the management.

Or can we?

This is what I am so upset about right now and see if you can understand, my dear 2.5 readers. Jeff Wilpon claimed at the beginning of the offseason on his Francesa interview with Omar Minaya that the "Mets are committed to having one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball."

Committed to having one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball.

What the FUCK does that fucking prove? That the Wilpons are just morons with their spending money, especially in the baseball division of their "operations." It's pathetic really that they bring this guy in (Omar) to do a job, and they still handcuff him with restrictions. I know, he has a high-ass payroll, and can get expensive players. However, "expensive" doesn't exactly mean "good." As long as the Wilpons have a profitable business and marketable players that can make money on the back-end with t-shirt, jersey and other paraphernalia sales, why not?

I can never say that the Mets are cheap. They aren't. Far from it. But what they are is the old proverb of "penny-wise, pound-foolish." Perhaps the thing they should commit is themselves into Bellevue Hospital.

My question to you is: How can the highest payroll in the National League have no viable backups for shortstop or centerfield? And four-rainouts for the pitching staff supporting our ace Johan Santana? Please, do not tell me that Jonathon Niese is ready for the big show. He'll have growing pains, but we cannot rely on him. Angel Pagan? Alex Cora? This is the best the highest payroll in the National League can do?

The Wilpons have been playing us for punks. They know we are committed. We are committed fans. We will still go to games. We'll still spend money on merchandise. We'll still root-root-root for the home team. When they lose, yeah it is a shame that the highest payroll in the National League finished in fourth place last year and is not projected to win above third place in the NL East this year.

Perhaps I do need to commit myself after all. What is the definition of insanity but doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.


Bear Man said...

The problem I have with the Wilpons is that once they commit (there goes that magic "commit" word again) all of their money to guys like Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, they're forced to have great seasons. If they don't, because of their high salaries, it makes it nearly impossible for the team to trade them.

Large contracts should only go to players who have a consistent record of excellence or at very least, RECENT excellence. The only thing consistent about Oliver Perez is his inconsistency and Luis Castillo hadn't been great since his time with the Marlins. I'm hoping the Jason Bay signing bucks that trend because he is consistently good and has been great recently. But they can't keep signing inconsistent, has-been players to these large contracts if they want to go back to contender status. Should they continue to do so, the Wilpons should be the ones being committed, not our resident GM-in-waiting.

Ceetar said...

high payroll proves nothing, and I think they proved with their non-signings of crap that what they meant was they weren't going to not try to fill holes because of budget restraints (but also not overpay in committed years for injury risks in Lackey)

Pagan is actually a good backup, maybe one of the best 4th OF in the game. Can you even give me one legitimate backup SS that you'd actually be happy with? I don't think one exists, and the other ones that are questionable have plenty of their own faults.

I'd have preferred another starter of consistant results like Garland, but those guys wanted to play on the West Coast, or somehow got silly 2-3 year deals.

The middle three guys are nowhere near as bad as people make them out to be, but the pressure's on even more now, because with good pitching performances the offensive drop off in April won't be as a big a deal.

Coop said...

Ceetar, I agree that I'd like to have had a Garland or Pineiro or Marquis types (esp with the low-commitment - there's that word again - contracts they ended up getting). And it's not so much of a legit SS backup (Alex Cora IS a legit he proved last year, he's not an every day player or he gets worn)'s the idea that the Mets NEVER took into consideration that 2009 could potentially happen again. Therein lies the problem.

Bear Man says it best above...when they start committing high dollars and high years to players who don't deserve it, raising the bar for other lesser players and overpricing players who deserve the bigger contracts, it places a responsibility on these players who can't handle it.

DyHrdMET said...

the only conspiracy theory that I believe in with these injuries is that there's some Yankee fan or Phillies fan with a Mr. Met Voodoo doll who's running out of places on it to poke.

Coop said...

Or the ancient burial ground thing...

Ceetar said...

i don't place much faith on 'deserved' big contracts. Castillo has been an asset, whatever people want to say, and with him getting on base in front of the power hitters, will create a ton more runs than virtually any other 2B out there.

Perez had an injured year so you throw out 2009. He hasn't exactly been amazing, but experience and maturity help even the dopiest of guys. It's not a stretch to say he's going to win at least 12 games. Probably more, especially if Reyes and Beltran return by May and the offense wins games since it's projected to be one of the best in the league.

There is no reason the Mets should be projected as anything but first or second.(before Reyes anyway) Anything else is short-sighted.