Will Anyone Actually Pay To See This Team Play Ball?
December 6, 2011
Hello everyone! Did you think I was dead?
Well, I am still alive, which is more than I can say for the Met franchise. I am not saying this in response to the Miami Marlins (dreadful uniforms, what the hell were they thinking?) signing Jose Reyes. No, not at all.
I consider the Mets fortunate that they were priced out of contention just to be in the bidding for Reyes. For if the Mets had the cash to throw away on a selfish, injury-prone player, I am sure they would have done so in an instant. I would imagine that they would have committed themselves to a very long-term, team-destroying deal without batting an eyelash. Alas, the Mets escape this one without a scratch and I am sure that they don’t even know it.
Why are the Mets dead? Let me count the ways.
Next season, the Mets will have precisely one healthy player with a solid track record for success in David Wright. Wright by no means is all that he is cracked up to be, but compared to the rest of the roster for 2012, he is a megastar.
Then we get to the next rung of players. Those who either have to prove their health or their worth while garnering bloated contracts that have not paid off for the most part or even at all. I bring to you Johan Santana and (ugh) Jason Bay. I have to admit, even though Bay was the “Token Move of Appeasement” in 2010, I actually thought that he would work out to some degree. Yep, dead-wrong. Bay has been nothing short of one of the worst signings in Met history. As far as Santana goes, who in the world can predict what decreased level of pitcher he will be moving forward. This is under the assumption that he can actually pitch without blowing his arm out again after 5 or 6 starts. In either case, expecting Santana to be anything more than an above average pitcher is nothing short of tomfoolery.
What comes next is either the unproven or pure mediocrity. There may be some upside with Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada here, but is there anyone else that should excite us for next year? I think even Mike Pelfrey’s mother isn’t excited about his prospects going forward.
Don’t expect any help from free agency or the farm system either Met fans. All of our prospects are 2 plus years away (stop me if you haven’t heard this one before), and the Mets may have only about 10 million to invest in about 7 important roster spots. These include starting pitching, an entire bullpen including a closer, outfield depth, and possibly a second baseman.
Hey other than that, I think we are set for 2012.
Seriously though, is anyone going to pay good money to see this abysmal product next year? I know some extremely optimistic Met fans who have told me that they have canceled their season tickets for this year, and these were the blind optimists who thought the Wilpons were doing a solid job.
The revolting truth is that it isn’t going to get any better in 2013, nor 2014, nor 2015. You can see where I am going with this, can’t you? I urge all Met fans to abstain from purchasing any Met products or tickets until the Wilpons decide to give our fan-base the break we deserve by selling the team. I think it is quite obvious, even to the passive baseball fan, that they have successfully run this team into the ground. What more needs to be seen to prove that point?