I Am Not Alone in the Universe

March 2, 2010


As it turns out, there are others out there who share my sentiment when it comes to the current state of the New York Mets.  Of course I jest.  Truth be told, I was aware that I was not on an island here, but it is good to see others voice their displeasure just the same.

I was referred to a podcast of the Michael Kay show from Thursday January 28th.  In this audio clip, Don La Greca does his best impression of me in a rant that is second to none.  Take a listen.  He is so frustrated because he is such a passionate fan of the debacle known as the New York Mets.  One great quote was his response to this question asked by Bonnie Bernstein: “What team are you going to follow?”  La Greca responded dripping with exasperation, “I’m going to follow the team (Mets), I am just not going to sit here and pretend that everything is OK.”

La Greca looks a bit downtrodden

Start your listen at 8:28 of the clip if you want to get to the nuts and bolts, but the entire listen is interesting as well.

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4 Responses to “I Am Not Alone in the Universe”

  1. Mike Says:

    .500! .500! .500!

    What’s the magic number?


  2. La Greca says all that but he will still be there rooting his Mets to a win on Opening Day.

    La Greca will be the 1st one to apologize for being wrong on his assessment of the club if they play well in 2010.

    You can vent with him that the team will suck in 2010 as a fan that is your right I guess.

    The point is that doesn’t mean they will suck just cause some feel they will. So rant and rave all you want.

    Scream if it helps if they are bad we will soon know.

  3. Kanehl Says:

    Just found your site through Sport Spyder. Love the domain name! Couldn’t agree more. In fact, I recall that when Fred exercised his rights to buy out Nelson Doubleday, the latter said:
    “Mr. Jeff Wilpon has decided that he’s going to learn how to run a baseball team and take over at the end of the year,” Doubleday told the newspaper. “Run for the hills, boys. I think probably all those baseball people will bail.”

    It’s no accident that, since the Wilpons took over, the 3 GMs have been Steve Phillips and 2 of his underlings. Jeff clearly fears bringing in a strong, seasoned GM from the outside because then he couldn’t pretend to be king. So, talking about firing Jerry Manuel or, for that matter, even Omar, begs the issue: When will Fred step in, make Jeff take a back seat and hire a grownup to rebuild the organization from the front office down through scouting and player development?

    So, while it’s nice to see the Mets win a few games at home against 2 teams playing very bad baseball, this masks the fundamental weakness of a team with, at best, 3 big league starters (I’m including Niese, who shows promise as a rookie), a bullpen performing over their heads (and who are likely to be badly overused by August, given all the 5 inning starts), and half a lineup. I fear that the Mets will still present the illusion of borderline contention at the trading deadline and Omar will do some desperate, foolish things. Long term, I’d make the case for under 75 wins and plummeting attendance in 2010, in the hopes that this would shock Fred into retooling the entire organization (instead of the usual band aid or two). Make a plan and execute, even if it takes a few years.


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