Can’t wait until Wilpons are forced to sell Mets

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Mets

As the Mets have performed better than expected given the injuries and negativity surrounding the team, the focus should be on the team’s inspired play of late, not the words of their embattled and clueless owner Fred Wilpon. But in an article published in the New Yorker magazine, Wilpon criticizes three of his star players – Jose Reyes, David Wright, and Carlos Beltran.
Now, I don’t really have a problem with the criticism per se, no one should be immune to it and George Steinbrenner did much worse in the past, and often his words would fire up his players and get more out of them. Wilpon has a right to say what he wants, but his timing is pretty bad, particularly in the case of Reyes.
The Mets are at a bit of a crossroads with Reyes. They have to decide whether to go forward with him as a star on the team or to trade him for prospects. The owner coming down on the player does nothing to help the Mets on either end. It certainly could alienate Reyes and force him to look elsewhere (if they’re leaning on attempting to re-sign him) or it could hinder the team’s ability to get top value for him in a trade. It’s just an idiotic move for a guy who probably should leave his mouth shut these days.
He calls out the Mets for giving Beltran a huge contract, yet he was the one who signed off on it. His timing for ripping Beltran is curious as well, as Carlos is as healthy as he’s been in a long time and producing like he did in his heyday. Most Mets fans have had it with this ownership group.
I don’t like to wish bad on anyone, but I’m certainly hoping the fallout from the Madoff fiasco forces the Wilpons to sell their majority stake in the Mets. Everyone, fans included, could use a fresh start.

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