“The Wilpon Dimension”
February 21, 2010
Yesterday’s annual interview with Fred Wilpon was simply on the docket for the beginning of spring training. It was not as if the mounting pressure from his disenchanted fan-base spurred him to speak into a microphone yesterday. If it had, we as Met fans would have seen something entirely unprecedented in the annals of the Wilpon ownership.
You see, the Wilpons live in a different reality than you and I. Let’s call it the “Wilpon Dimension” for conversation sake. Forget what they say to the media about how they are fans and how they suffer as we do. That is the ultimate farce.
Let me also state for the record that yesterday’s interview was by no means a shock to myself or the majority of the Met fan-base. We all know that the Wilpon’s are going nowhere, and that we have endless miles of bad management highway in front of us for years to come.
Let’s break down how “The Wilpon Dimension” differs from the universe that we live in. In our reality, we see a team that typically makes bad decisions due to an ever-changing front office that is hand-picked by our proud owners. We see a team that is second in the majors in payroll, that just opened a new ballpark, and that has its own money-making machine in SNY going into its third season on the air. In short, we understand that the revenues being brought in by our ownership are extraordinary. We place these two observations together, sort of like A + B in a formula, and we come up with the final product of C. The letter C represents a terrible team on the field and a decimated farm system with little hope of these things turning around. If the product is equal to the sum of its parts, it is easy to see that the revenue part of the formula is not the problem, and that ownership and it’s “baseball people” clearly are. Some things are easy to see, in our reality anyway.
In “The Wilpon Dimension”, however, things are not what they seem. Kind of like the Bizarro World, where everything is upside down. What is up is down, what is black is white, and what is seen is a reversed mirror image of reality. To Fred and Jeff Wilpon, they realize things are not what they need to be. They just do not realize that they, and the decisions they make on who to hire, are the source of the problem. That is the one undeniable truth. To them, everything that fails is just bad luck. If failure persists, then it is the manager’s fault. If failure continues after the manager is replaced, then it is the front office that is next to go. You see how this goes. The Wilpons never realize that the part of the team that needs replacing is themselves.
The Wilpons say that they are true fans, but if they were, they would warp back to our reality and fire themselves.