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.