200 Miles From the Citi

October 17, 2010 7:07 AM

Nobody Worry, The Wilpons Have Everything Under Control


Sunday Paper (Year 2, Volume XLII)

To the left, you see Jeff Wilpon's signature.

Why, do you ask, am I posting the signature of Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets?

Well, he sent me - and many other Mets fans - an e-mail this week to let us know that the GM search is well underway.

But that's not all.

In addition to running down the candidates who the Mets interviewed last week - Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes, Sandy Alderson, and Logan White - Wilpon offered this nugget as an introduction:

We have heard from many of you [Mets fans] over recent weeks offering suggestions on how to assemble a winning team.  Thank you for taking the time to contact us.  Your interest and support of the Mets is greatly appreciated.

Now, I'm going to ignore that the last sentence should probably read "Your interest in and support of the Mets..."  Because there are bigger fish to fry in this excerpt.

I have been a Mets fan my whole life.  Let's call 25 of my 32 years pretty die-hard years.  And if I've learned one thing over those 25 years - half of the Mets' existence, incidentally - it's this:  Mets fans are idiots.

All right, I realize lots of my readers are Mets fans.  (Well, assuming I've grown from my 4 usual readers - 3 Red Sox fans and 1 Yankees fan...)  So I'll amend my comment to say most Mets fans are idiots.  Not you.  Clearly, if you're reading this, you're pretty intelligent.

But if you've ever spent any time at Shea Stadium, you would agree - most Mets fans are just dumb.  Regardless, though - for Jeff Wilpon to even acknowledge that he received "suggestions on how to assemble a winning team" - that just doesn't sit well with me.  Don't encourage them, Jeff.  Who advises him to throw that line in there?  I imagine the conversation would go something like this:

Wilpon:  I think we should send out an update on the GM search, via e-mail, to anyone who has ever purchased Mets tickets on-line and probably ended up on our e-mail list.
Adviser:  OK.  You should really butter up the fans.
Wilpon:  Good idea.  Should I say something like, sorry we've been so bad the past few years?
Adviser:  Nah, you don't really want to admit in writing to being bad.  What else has been happening involving the fans recently?
Wilpon:  Well, I've been getting a lot of mail recently telling me how to do my job.
Adviser:  OK, let's work with that!

I don't have any predictions about the GM search...I just don't know enough about front-office types to offer an opinion.  I'm sure Jeff Wilpon, by that opening line of his e-mail, has been hearing plenty of uninformed opinions.  I hope he doesn't fall victim to any court of public opinion as the Mets make their decision.

And I hope whoever is advising him on the GM job does a better job than whoever advises him on e-mail message content.

*The Jets are in Denver today to play the Broncos.  Man....I dislike the Broncos.  There's something about them - maybe just that I never liked John Elway, I don't know - but they are right up there with the Dolphins in my book.  This is the first time in a long time I can remember the Jets playing the Broncos when the Jets were the better I'm hoping it's not even close.

*Talk about your desperation game:  The 1-3 Cowboys are at the 1-3 Vikings this afternoon.  Both of those teams were favorites to get to the Super Bowl this season.  It's Week 6 - by tonight, one of those teams will by 1-4 and have no shot at the playoffs.

*Good for the Texas Rangers for not rolling over and dying against the Yankees.  We're three wins away (in each league) from "The World Series No One Predicted.....Except Me".  (Yeah, until this doesn't happen, you are going to keep hearing about my prediction from me.)

*I love when the college football world gets thrown into upheaval.  As such, I am rooting hard for the likes of Oregon and Boise State.   Needless to say - Ohio State losing to Wisconsin was just what I wanted Saturday night.

*What a week for "Quarterbacks I Dislike".  John Elway lost a bunch of money in a Ponzi scheme, and Tom Brady was insulted by Justin Bieber.  I feel bad for Elway. Still, though, Brady might have suffered the most irreparable damage.

*It's been a rough week writing-wise.  I had a hard time settling into anything resembling a routine after the Monday Night Jets game.  I'll try to do better this week...and the rest of the football season.  It's a tough time of year too - baseball's winding down, and as much as I enjoy the post-season, I am far from as passionate about these teams as I am about the Mets - and the Jets are far from their destination.  But enough of the excuses - I'll do my best to get on here more.  Thanks for reading.  Remember you can follow along on twitter @200miles_citi and also become a fan on Facebook by searching 200 Miles From The Citi.

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