So I tossed up a slightly disparaging — though mostly in good fun, at least from my vantage point — throwaway post about the Mets over the weekend, and somehow it got picked up by one of the more popular Met blogs going, Amazin’ Avenue. Unfortunately both the author and the commenters who came over to my site to post such wonderful things about me didn’t seem to pick up on my humorous tone.
Just for fun, here’s a sampling of some of the more erudite comments people felt inclined to drop:
“Haha. You just won the WORLD SERIES and take to bashing the Mets. Class act you are.”
“I actually kind of pity this blogger.”
“go f yourself….you’ll never be a true journalist….you win a world series and you’re still worried about the Mets…..what are you 13 you idiot?”
“go kiss jeter’s ass homo.”
“larry lies on his bed at night holding jeter’s poster with one hand.”
Quite frankly, the Mets certainly have the resources to compete with the Yankees, but the team’s primary problem has been poor talent evaluation. The Mets were making all sorts of headlines in the 2004 and 2005 offseasons, between signing Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran and trading for Carlos Delgado, adding to a solid core of homegrown talent in Jose Reyes and David Wright. But let’s be honest here, no one thought Pedro was going to hold up for the duration of the four-year deal they gave him, and he didn’t. They did make the right move in signing Beltran (a move I still wish the Yankees had made), yet all Mets fans do is complain about the guy. Delgado was another nice pickup at first, but now he’s pretty much done for. Johan Santana’s easily the best thing GM Omar Minaya’s ever done, and even that took a masterstroke of stupidity on the part of Twins GM Bill Smith, not to mention Johan getting hurt this year (obviously not Minaya’s fault, just saying).
Not only do the Mets evaluate talent poorly, but then they go out and spend money on the wrong players. There is no excuse for signing mediocre players like Luis Castillo to four-year deals, picking up scrap heap like Tim Redding and Livan Hernandez to fill the 2009 rotation out and incredibly giving Alex Cora, a career 74 OPS+ hitter, $2 million. I know a ton of things went wrong for the injury-plagued 2009 Mets, but I’m not sure how much better the team’s prospects are for 2010, given that the NL East not only has has three good teams in the Phillies, Marlins and Braves; the team’s farm system is barren; and the inmates seem to be running the asylum.
Maybe the Yankees are about winning at any cost, but it’s not like the Mets are afraid to spend money, either. Maybe now they are, given the Wilpon family’s supposed involvement with Bernie Madoff. Regardless, I just don’t buy this “we’re scrappy underdogs that no one thinks has a chance” excuse — it’s an easy crutch for Met fans to fall on when the Yankees are succeeding, but people are so quick to forget that the Mets were very good the last four seasons prior to 2009. The Yankees had their “Mets 2009″ season in 2008, spent a boatload of money — on the right players — to fix their problems, regrouped and won it all. Unfortunately for the Mets, they have so many holes to fill that they’d probably have to spend at least twice as much as Bobby Valentine’s monthly fake mustache budget to fix everything currently wrong with the team.
If I’m a Met fan, I’d have been calling for Minaya’s head for years now — Yankee fans have a tendency to rail on Brian Cashman, but Omar Minaya has to be one of the worst GMs in the game.
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