I've been a season ticket holder since 1998 and a fan since 1970...and with opening day tomorrow I have never been more disinterested or distressed about the Mets than this year. We are a pathetic excuse for a major league baseball team, let alone one that resides in the greatest city in the world. What a joke. I feel like I am watching a poor sequel for the movie series Major League, only there won't be any comebacks or miracle wins or against all odds joy and success.
When I started Time to Sell the Team in 2011 I thought that we were at the bottom and needed to facilitate a change. Wow, how wrong was I? It's gotten 10x worse.
Fred / Jeff -- Absolutely clueless. I hope you lose another 100 million this year and even more in 2013.
I'll be there tomorrow with my shirts, handing out bracelets and cards, and showing my disdain via signage. I hope to see you out there with me protesting the current ownership as we push for a change. It's time for Fred to go. It's time for Jeff to go. It's time for a new owner. Lets make it happen!!Tags: Untagged
So the Mets owners have now secured a new working capital loan of $40M.....
While the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed a $3B (billion with a B) deal with FoxSports to televise their games for the next 20 years, they have taken those funds and gone out and signed the top free agent players available on the market, including one of the greatest righthand hitters of all time, Albert.
Mr Wilpon, what are we gonna get with that $40M working capital loan? Now we can't even afford Angel Pagan?
Are you kidding me....?
Please, do us all a favor and sell this team.....A New York Franchise should not be run as if it was in Podunk.
I've got to admit - perhaps it was denial that the Mets would do ANYTHING this year, or maybe it was becasue I simply had no expectations for them - that our Metropolitans are playing pretty damn good baseball. Flirting with 500 is an accomplishment for this team, 4.5 out of the wildcard, 8 out of the division are all notes that should make one smile. But here's the thing - we dont. We all know what's coming...this is just the (relitave) calm before the storm.
Fred and Sandy are going to trade Jose - that's a fact. There's simply no way, nor is there any reason for keeping him as a part of this team. They will deal him before the 31st trade deadline, collect a multitude of players, and delve into the depths of the NL East, just where they had been previously. Becuase, come on, we all know that Jose is the only real thing keeping this team alive - one we get rid of him, that's it, we pulled the plug, were dead!
So enjoy baseball now, folks, becasue although there is something to smile about now, Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Alderson will surely put a stop to that fairly soon.Tags: Untagged
Its crazy to think of how well we're currently playing with the parts that we have. No Johan, no Wright, no Ike, and basically no Bay. Obviously 3 games under 500 isn't usually where a club wants to be, but crazy enough - I'll take it. All of the kids who have come up have done a great job - Turner is still hitting over 300, Pridie and Harris are both playing solid in the field and hitting well, and guys like Capuano and Gee are pitching great, and I haven't been able to find a single thing wrong with Murph for months!
This makes you think, even though many of these players are doing a great job filling in, just imagine what the Mets could be minus the injuries and the owners.
I for one underestimated what this team could accomplish, which has its pros and cons. If the team stunk, I could brush it off and think about next season. But this group is almost like a tease - a tease of what they can become. A winner is dangling infront of my face like a carrot on a stick, but unfortunately, Fred is the one holding the stick.
The other day while at Citi, watching yet another Metropolitan debocle, I started up a conversation with a fellow fan.
"Its time to sell the team!" I told him, after he commented on my "Who Mad-off With My Team" T-shirt.
After a quick back-and-forth about the current ownership, he looked at me and said, "Well how can you be selling these? You're too young to know heartbreak - you're not even a real fan!"
Now, although I was not alive when the Mets last won the World Series (I was born in '92) I KNOW I am a true fan. In fact, with all the torture that I've endured for the past 19 years, sans pretty much any reward, one could argue that I am more of a fan for sticking with the Mets throughout the years, rather than jumping on the Yankee bandwagon in the late 90's.
I explained to my friend some of the highlights of my time with the Mets.Tags: Untagged
Now, before you all get angry because I am a Yankee fan, understand that I know how you all feel. Back in the days when Steinbrenner was out of control, the Yanks were a laughingstock. In the late 80's and early 90's, they were a shell of what they were and what they have become. I was crazed with getting George out of the way, because he was involved way too much. Well, we got lucky and George was banned for two years and the rest, as they say, is history.
As a Yankee fan, I actually want the Mets to be good. Having experienced the Subway Series in 2000, there is nothing that can match that excitement and generate the kind of craziness that enveloped the city for those few days in October.
The difference here however is George went overboard TRYING to win. Fred & Jeff seem to always play small-ball. They always seemed to look for those second-tier players they could get on the cheap.
Yeah, they have (had?) a high payroll, but they were always second class citizens, after-thoughts, little brothers to the Yankees.
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Bonus pick: Anna BensonTags: Untagged
In 2006 I watched Endy make the catch and was sure I was going to be heading to Detroit to see them play in the World Series...only to see Carlos Beltran watch a perfect curve bend over for strike 3. 2007 and 2008 were each painful in their own way as I sat in the stadium for the last game of each season. Now we have Citi field, a park build with total disregard for the team that occupies its field. Green seats. Initially the banners and pennants were hidden. Trophies were left in storage. The celebration was for a player who played for a team that plays 3000 miles away in Los Angeles. We have our own green monster in a park where over 65% of the seats are obstructed view.
Are you kidding me Fred?
At the end of the 2010 season my friends Paul and Mark asked me if I was happy with the changes after Jerry and Omar were fired. I said "the only way things change for the better completely is if the Wilpons sell the team." This was before we knew about Madoff, which only solidified my feelings.
So on April 5th on a ride to Peter Luger's Time To Sell The Team was born. With the help of an iPhone and GoDaddy we registered the domain and the movement began. More on our story in the coming weeks. Stay tuned...Tags: Untagged