Fred Wilpon, as I’m sure you’ve heard already, has trashed his team in an upcoming article in the New Yorker. I realize he’s the owner of the Mets and can say whatever he wants about his team, but what purpose does this serve? Are you trying to sour Mets fans on these players in the event you trade them away so there isn’t a huge backlash? Are you just venting because you’re sick of losing? Or do you realize you’ll eventually be forced to sell the team and these are your parting shots?
In any event, you’ve made some ridiculous statements and I’m here to call you out on them.
ABOUT REYES: He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money. He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.
Well, I guess Fred isn’t going to be shelling out big money to keep his one-of-a-kind, ultra-talented, superstar shortstop. He’s had everything wrong with him? He’s had his share of injury problems, but he’s basically still been the best shortstop in the NL over the last 7 years. Granted he missed most of 2009 (along with the other 50 or so Mets that were on the DL that year) and 29 games last year, but give me a fuckin break, Fred. This kid is an animal! You did say one correct thing about him, “He’s a racehorse.” Yes a racehorse that plays a Gold Glove shortstop and hits rockets into the gaps.
And this guy who wrote the article, Jeffrey Toobin, adds his two cents
“When Reyes started with the Mets, in 2003, just before his twentieth birthday, he was pegged as a future star. Injuries have limited him to a more pedestrian career…”
Pedestrian? I guess you need a new dictionary ya friggin moron. Pedestrian means commonplace, dull, unimaginative, lacking excitement. All of those are the EXACT OPPOSITE of Jose Reyes. Reyes is in the first half of his 9th season, so I compared all players in baseball history from season 1 through 9 of their careers. Let’s see how pedestrian his career’s been.
Here’s a list of players ALL-TIME who have had 300 stolen bases, 75 triples, 75 homers, and 600 runs in their first 9 seasons.
Lou Brock is a Hall of Famer and was once the all-time stolen base leader until Rickey crushed it. George Sisler is a Hall of Famer, and held the single season hits record before Ichiro broke it. Crawford is clearly a fantastic player who got “Crawford money” and is on his way to the HOF. Juan Samuel was super-talented, but struck out WAY too much (once every 4.2 AB’s. Yikes.) And then there’s Reyes.
And guess how many of the other 4 guys were shortstops? You know the answer.
ABOUT WRIGHT: A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.
As far as Wright goes, that he’s not a superstar, well that’s definitely subjective, but you can easily argue that it’s true. However, what purpose does it serve to say it? All it does is piss off Wright and other players in the Mets clubhouse.
ABOUT BELTRAN: We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series.
What the hell is wrong with you? You sound like a typical Beltran hater. First off it was TWO incredible playoff series. Second, what about basing it on his prior 6 seasons in which he averaged over 100 runs, 24 homers, 32 stolen bases and 94 RBI, all while playing a Gold Glove CF? And Wilpon, you are a schmuck like you said, because if it’s true that you based a 7 year contract on a single playoffs, you shouldn’t be involved in the decision-making process on personnel. Also, as far as 7-year deals go, you have to know going into them that you ain’t gonna get 7 all-star years out of them. You got 3 all-star seasons, and an NLCS appearance in the first 6. What you get this year remains to be seen, but it’s been good so far. Lastly, Beltran was one of the only Mets to hit in the 2006 NLCS with 3 homers.
Do us all a favor and sell the goddamn team and go buy the Dodgers who you clearly love far more than your own team.