In a story featured in the New York Post, we learned that Mets GM Sandy Alderson has discovered the joys of Twitter. Unfortunately, this does not equate with any joy for fans of the New York Mets. Of course, at this point, any joy in Metsville seems to be unexpected for the upcoming season.
In the tweet Alderson writes: “Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet.” He goes on making things even more dismal. “Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution.”
After this was revealed in the Post in all its inglorious splendor, Alderson contacted the newspaper to say he was driving because he had to get his dog to Florida and needed a car while there, but this helped light up the phones on sports talk radio here in New York. The general feeling of the fans calling in was that the first tweet was not meant to be funny as the damage control is trying to spin it. The reasoning is that Alderson has to drive to Florida because with the Mets’ financial woes he cannot afford a plane ticket.
This leads to the even bigger fear that the Mets are done before they even get started in 2012. The way it seems is that the team will be back mostly intact, which should send ticket sales at Citi Field down into the black hole that has been created with the Bernie Madoff scandal that is still sucking the life out of the team ownership. We start to get the picture that Fred Wilpon doesn’t have two cents to rub together, meaning a dismal 2012 for fans of the New York Mets.
Right now I believe we have to wait and see what takes place, but don’t be surprised that the team will be out of contention well before the July trading deadline. Which means get ready to say “Hasta la vista” to David Wright and Mike Pelfrey and whoever else can bring some young players to a team that has no choice but to look toward the future, no matter how many years from now that may be.
As Mr. Potter asked George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (one of my favorite films) “Do I paint a grim picture, or do I exaggerate?” In this case no exaggeration is necessary. It is going to be a grim 2012 for Mets fans and we had better get used to it.
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