All right, so it's damn near close to 4AM and I really should get some sleep. But then we find these gems from Fred Wilpon:
On Jose Reyes, the often-injured shortstop with an expiring contract: "He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money. He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it."
On David Wright, the centerpiece third baseman: "A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar."
On Carlos Beltran, who starred for Houston in the 2004 playoffs before signing a seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets: "We had some dummy in New York, Wilpon says, referring to himself, “who paid him based on that one series. He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was."
Wow. Just ... wow. I'm not really sharp enough to come up with something witty about Fred Wilpon right now, who went on to mock Carlos' check swing against Adam Wainwright in his night of debauchery with Jeff Toobin of The New Yorker (and by debauchery, I mean that they watched a Mets game together.) But forget the George Steinbrenner comparison ... when did Fred Wilpon become Rachel Phelps? It's like he wants attendance to fall so he can move to Cleveland ... or Brooklyn.
Anybody else doubt Beltran's decision to think for himself, stop worrying about what ownership thinks and get surgery now? This is what his owner thinks of him? And this is the thanks David Wright gets for offering to be there for them? He gets brutal honesty? This is the family atmosphere that Tom Glavine once bragged about? The Gosselins had less dysfunction. And if you were starting to get a little optimistic about Jose Reyes sticking around for a while? You better damn well start saying your good-byes now.
Boy oh boy I can't wait for the spin from the Legion of Doom Mets headquarters on this one. And I can't wait until Wilpon goes all John Rocker on Jeff Toobin.
Maybe there are bigger issues here. Remember that in order to get out of the Picard lawsuit, he had to prove that he is inept (rather than being a crook). I think he did a pretty good job at that.
Those comments epitomize the Mets under the Wilpons. Consistent misfiring with the press and then struggle to backtrack (should start any moment now by Jay).
I read the entire article with the hope that somehow the comments were taken out of context but no, they are in context. I mean I'm speechless... Don't know what to think of this....Why would the owner of a struggling to put asses on seats would talk down its own players? Why would you do such thing if you are hoping to trade one or more of these guys? Are you not lowering thee value of your franchise, albeit slightly? I just don't get it, don't sound like the words of a very good businessman.
I always thought the Wilpons could still run this team but after this, It's time for them to f***ing sell this team now and let us all move on.
@Schneck, totally agree with you. Metsblog has become an extension of SNY. What a shame.
The comments smack of childishness. Taking this apart to understand Wilpon's motivations will be tedious. I believe he calculated that making these remarks would help his reputation among Mets fans. This would make them see him as a baseball fan. The problem is the team starting to play better immediately after his remarks. And now, just when the fans have a modicum of hope for the season, they hear that the owner has a low opinion of their best players and no intention of signing Jose Reyes.
This was a calculated move that went wrong, like so many of Fred and Jeff’s recent calculations.
I am so glad to see some sense here. I'm sure that everyone that reads your blog reads Metblog as well and I have refrained many times from making negative comments about that blog over here but.....has it ever been more clear how nabbing a sponsorship has altered Matt's perspective? That is the only explanation for him or any long time Met fan excusing and even justifying Fred's comments. Yes, many of us make comments about this but we don't own the $@%$#@ team!! He can say whatever he wants in the clubhouse or behind any closed doors but in a magazine interview!! There is no excuse for this and if not for the fact that there is still a lot of interesting info and insight if you cut through the crap, I'd boycot Metsblog for his frustrating stance on this.