Sandy Alderson States 2011 Goal
He’s been successfully maneuvering the subject for months, but finally, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has stated his goal for the team in 2011.
From Adam Rubin at ESPN-NY:
Asked for what would constitute a successful season, GM Sandy Alderson did not take a page out of Fred Wilpon’s “meaningful games in September” playbook. In fact, the GM left himself extremely wide latitude.
“I don’t try to define that,” Alderson said Thursday, as the Mets began a workout in Miami. “I can say winning the World Series, and anything less would be unsuccessful. But somewhere between where we were last year and winning the World Series.”
So there you have it, folks: the goal is … um … hmm … for the team to do OK?
Alderson went on to state that a strong start was important, but, it wasn’t really important. Or something:
“I think the first part of any season is important,” he said. “I wouldn’t call it crucial in this case, or in any other case. But it’s nice to get off to a good start because it sets a tone, creates a perception. That’s something that only the beginning of the season offers.
“I don’t think this team needs to get off to a good start to build its confidence or anything of that sort. I think there’s plenty of confidence here. I think we’ve played very well in the spring, particularly in the last week or so. If we play as well during the season as we have in spring training, particularly recently, we’re going to win a lot of games. That’s the mindset that they have. Getting off to a nice start would reinforce that. It’s not critical, but it would be nice. And in our case, extra nice because of the low expectations some people seem to have — not us, but others.”
Without question, Sandy Alderson is a much more eloquent speaker than the last GM in Flushing. But does he actually say anything?
In any case, I’m excited for the season’s start tonight. I’m looking forward to the Mets doing pretty good this year.