There are at least a few of the following things that i think many of us can agree on:
1. The Wilpons are probably financially the weakest owners of any NY sports franchise since Mrs DeRoulet inherited the team from her mother and was handcuffed by M Donald Grant
2. Fred allowed Jeff to run the organization into utter disrepair from top to bottom.
3. All of the recapitalization efforts that the Wilpons have made have helped to stabilize their world but have not made them Dolans, Steinbrenners, Johnson's or Maras financially by any stretch of the imagination.
4. Sandy was brought here to help right their sinking financial ship on the baseball operations side, to rebuild the organization from top to bottom with limited resources to do so, and perhaps as the quid pro quo for the loan that MLB made to the Mets shortly after he arrived in order to keep them afloat.
5. This organization is still a mess, and no free agent signing will put us in a class with the Nationals, Braves or Phillies.
6. We may very well lose 100 games this year, in what will likely be the nadir of the rebuilding phase.
7. Although the Mets refuse to use the "R" word, they are indeed rebuilding, just as sure as Frank Cashen was doing for the first 5 years of his term
8. We, as consumers have a free choice as to how to allocate our own personal resources. Many, as me, have abided by a personal pledge for several years to not give a penny to the Wilpons until a product that is deserving of the ticket prices is put on the field.
9. The Wilpons will own this team for all eternity. We are stuck with them forever and we are just dreaming if we think that they will ever sell.
10. Under these circumstances, Sandy needs at least three more years to fully restock the farm and get it to the point where it is regularly supplying us with major league players.
11. Sandy doesn't set the budget, Fred does.
12. We can, if we choose, become Yankee fans ( I would sooner drink the contents of a septic tank) or wait this out while we do other things in our spare time and/or watch from afar.
13. It doesn't matter who plays in our outfield this year. We will still lose close to 100 games.
How many of the above points can each of you agree with? I'd be interested to hear.
i would disagree with your last point
if they fielded an outfield (and im not saying this is at all realistic) of 3 above average to very good regulars, i do think we could compete for a playoff spot
right now our rotation has some ?'s but has a solid core w/ the possibility to be a plus rotation by mid season
our infield (including catcher once d'arnaud comes up) is a top 10 infield
right now what is keeping us from competing is the worst outfield in baseball and a questionable bullpen...im not saying that signing 3 great of's is a possibility or that it would guarantee a post season appearance but i do think it would make us competitive
i also disagree that we would need to do much to be on par w/ the phillies...that franchise is on its way down and by 2014, i think the mets may just surpass them for a fairly significant period of time
I've been there on most of those points for ages. I don't think they'll lose 100, but it's moot. The season isn't going to be good. I didn't want or expect them to spend a lot of money on overpriced stars, but they aren't even going for the NECESSARY complimentary players.
It's pathetic. I put 100% of the blame on the Wilpons, as always.