All of us at the Mets are bitterly disappointed in failing to achieve our collective goal of building upon last year’s success,” Wilpon said in the statement. “We did not meet our organization’s expectations — or those of our fans’".
If there was ever any doubt that the Mets’ ownership feels like their team is the bastard stepchild of the City of New York, yesterday’s official statement by Jeff Wilpon, the Spalding Smails of Queens, should seal the deal. A three paragraph ramble about the team’s commitment to the fans? Check. A promise to assess the disastrous results of an historic failure? Check. No mention of the future of any of the organization’s key players? Check. Blowhardism? Check. Wilpon’s statement is an attempt to placate an angry fan-base and it echoes George Steinbrenner’s more recent Rubenstein-concocted missives (the ones that have become hollow threats, backed up by nothing more than a predictable inaction). At the same time, it lacks the succinctness (three paragraphs to say "sorry, it was Omar and Willie’s fault"?) and the sense of internalized disappointment with which King George (and Prince Howard) saturate their press releases. It’s a bland copy. It has no style whatsoever, and is an attempt at gravitas that has no status or credibility. In its mimicry, Wilpon threatens nobody and everybody (just like Steinbrenner!), and in the end this signals that nothing is going to happen (just like Steinbrenner, as of late). Greater accountability, and all that. Have fun in ’08, Mets fans.
If the Mets and Jeff Wilpon want to show the fans they understand what went wrong, that they understand baseball in the least, they should cease with the canned statements and fire Omar Minaya pronto, find someone who understands pitching. Forget pleasing the fans, or apologizing, or reaffirming that the team wants to win (duh!), they should make a baseball move, not a PR move. Fire the GM. And don’t let the Owner’s son ("I want a hamburger, and a cheeseburger, and a milkshake") hire the new one, either.