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Mets and Jets

Show me a successful organization and I’ll show you good management. Show me a losing operation and I’ll show you poor management.

The Mets should be utterly embarrassed about how they have handled the Carlos Beltran situation. From Ricco’s conference call (where was Omar Minaya?) to Beltran’s response , it was so poorly handled you wonder how these people got jobs in Major League baseball. Met fans deserve better.

I am a Giants fan; many of my friends are Jets supporters. I am happy for them. Sorry to say, the Chargers will clean their clock this weekend.

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I’m a shameless Yankee fan, so take this from whom it comes.

Jeff Wilpon, son of Mets owner Fred Wilpon, wants to bring a hockey game to Citi Field.  Now, if I were a Met fan I’d be just about at the end of my rope. Think George Steinbrenner circa 1991. Jeff Wilpon should be focused on one thing, and that is making his team an improvement over the $140 million Bad News Bears that Met fans were forced to endure this past summer. The team won a paltry 70 games and finished next to last, 23 games behind the hated Phillies. That comes to about $6 million spent for every game they finished back in the standings.

2009 National League East Standings

It is not my intention to pile on the Mets. Quite the contrary. My loyalties will always be in the Bronx, but I have to admit the baseball seasons are more fun when the Mets are good. The 2000 season when the two teams met in the first Subway Series since 1956 was fantastic. The energy around here was spectacular. I’ll never forget it. I hope my children get to experience something like that someday as well. I think you get the picture.

Then, prior to the 2004 season, Fred Wilpon uttered that quote that he probably wishes he could take back but has never recanted: “Our intention is to play meaningful games in September…” In fairness, I suppose that the daily killing of that quote on the FAN and other outlets ignores the fact that Wilpon wanted his team to contend. And  they certainly did in 2007 and 2008, losing the division championship in legendary collapses at the end of both seasons. Meaningful games. In 2009 they played meaningful games in May. I remember in 1996, hearing rookie Derek Jeter tell the media that he was here to win a World Series. Gutsy stuff, considering the 17 year drought the team was in. So they won.

Which brings me back to Jeff Wilpon, who appears to have been passed the baton from his father. If I were Jeff, my nose would be the grindstone so hard that I’d look like Burl Ives. I’d be embarrassed to be seen in a grocery store, let alone be found channeling my efforts at anything other than making my team better. Hockey? Dude. The only talk this winter should be about making the team a winner. Build your fans a .500 team before you get a hobby, there, Jeff.  You need to take care of a fanbase that deserves better.

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