Fred Wilpon is Optimistic
Never mind all the naysayers poo-poohing the current state of the Mets — including yours truly. It’s all hogwash and unfair negativity. Mets fans, fear not and be optimistic, because Fred Wilpon is feeling really good about your favorite Flushing baseball club.
A few select quotes culled from Brian Costa’s article in Wall Street Journal:
“How could anybody deny that it’s been a challenging time?” Wilpon said. “But I came from nothing. I meet the challenges. So does Saul and Jeff and our whole family. We’re meeting the challenges and I think we’ll be fine.”
One man’s “fine” is another’s horse dung.
Quoting Bud Selig, in reference to Fred Wilpon:
“He’s been a great owner,” Selig said. “Loves his team. He’s everything you’d want in a local owner. He’s had some economic problems, not caused by himself, and I have a lot of faith in him that he’s working his way through them.”
(Emphasis mine.) I will hold my tongue — but you should feel free to express your reaction to these statements in the comments.
When asked if Reyes’s departure was difficult for him, Wilpon said, “Certainly.…I’m a fan. I understand it, but I’m still pained about it.”
Um … what? Is this Fred’s way of gloating because Reyes didn’t get “Crawford Money“?
“I think we have to get the fans back at the stadium,” Wilpon said. “That’s a necessity. That’s the lifeblood. And to do that, we have to have a good team. We have to be careful that we don’t make some of the mistakes that we made in the past, having long-term contracts that didn’t work out.”
Um … what do long-term contracts that don’t work out have to do with a) having a good team; and b) getting fans back to the stadium?
And by the way, if he wants to get fans BACK TO THE STADIUM, he’ll need to rebuild Shea. Most of the fans he lost were priced out by Ebbets Field II.
“I think we’re going to be better than you think,” he said. “We would hope that Mets fans enjoy going to the ballpark and give this team a try.”
My guess is by “better” he means 72 wins as opposed to 70. And technically, that would be correct.
“This is a tough time,” Wilpon said. “We’re bearing up, I can promise you that.”
Does this make him “bearish”?
Hope you enjoyed this declaration of optimism. Before you rush over to Mets.com to purchase season tickets, please post your effusive comments below.