Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oy Vey

I don't know where to begin.  What do you want to know?  My feelings about the Mets possibly finding a role for Omar Minaya?  If I have enough spare change to buy part of the team?  Whether I would have given R.A. Dickey a two-year deal?  Or maybe some good news to talk about with the confirmation of the Mets as hosts for the 2013 All Star Game?

Maybe I'll just try to connect everything in a meaningless web of confusion.

Well, if the Mets are really tight on money and can't afford to pay another scout a significant salary then I guess bringing Omar back as a scout would make sense.  As long as Omar sticks to scouting and evaluating talent, which he is known to be good at, bringing him back might not be a terrible idea.

R.A. Dickey avoided arbitration by signing a two-year deal with the Mets late last week and passed his physical on Monday to make the deal official.  R.A. said he wants to be best bargain in baseball for the next two years.  I don't really think anybody would mind if he became the best bargain in the game.  Last year he came out of nowhere to lead the pitching staff.  There isn't much expected from the pitching staff this year, so repeating last season two more times would satisfy me.  The contract agreement with R.A. also gives the Mets possibly the smartest pitching staff in the game.

Nobody knows who will be running the team in 2013.  But whoever is will be hosting the All Star Game.  It will be the first time the Mets have the game since the opening season of Shea Stadium in 1964.  It will be the longest any franchise has gone without hosting the Midsummer Classic.  It should be a lot of fun.  I went to Fan Fest and the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008 and that was great.  The Home Run Derby in 2013 will probably be interesting (or more boring than usual) given the dimensions of Citi Field.

Now to the Mets money situation.  It is a confusing situation.  The Wilpons want to sell up to 25% of the team to somebody who is willing to pay the share but not have any control of baseball operations.  I wish them luck finding a taker.  I am not for or against the Wilpons owning the team.  I am bothered by the fact that they didn't tell anybody how bad their money situation really was.  Whenever anybody would ask if the team would be affected by their connection with Bernie Madoff they said there was nothing going on with the team.  They consistently said the Mets payroll wouldn't be influenced.  There is the fact that for a little while there was a no lawsuit against them, but it's still frustrating.  There is no way to know how long the Wilpons will be able to afford to own the team.  However, the minute they can't I'd really like it if they realized they can't and let the fans know.  In the next few years we could see the Mets with new owners.

I said a lot.  I'm not sure how much of it makes sense as I sit in the library while I don't have class.  

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Let's Go Mets!

1 comment:

Mary 1973 said...

I am excited at the prospect of the ASG at Citi and I sure hope I can go. I was too young to go in 1964 but it sure was great to have it at Shea.