The consultant asked if the group felt it important to know the team’s overall strategy, which induced responses that the fans would really like to just be under the impression that the team has any kind of meaningful strategy to execute.
On the day after the Mets players admitted to struggling with the agony of defeat and a lost season, the consultant successfully brought the frustrations of the Mets fan base to the surface. The group described the Mets as “pathetic,” “hopeless,” and “embarrassing.” They struggled to justify paying the prices asked by the ticket office to see the debacle currently sporting the orange and blue. They worried about raising their kids as Mets fans for fear of introducing them to this kind of heartbreak.
Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, Joe Kernan of the Post argues that the Wilpons understand the need for an overhaul and lays out a plan that makes a good deal of sense, including hiring Kevin Towers as GM and – perhaps more significantly – adding a head of baseball operations between the Wilpons and the GM. Given that a lot of the organization’s problems are believed to emanate from Jeff Wilpon’s involvement, that may well be advisable, but it’s always hard for owners to get the message that they and their families are part of the problem.
I don’t dislike Jerry Manuel as much as a lot of people do, and even Omar Minaya has his virtues (eg, the scrap heap claim of RA Dickey), but both of them obviously need to go, and the housecleaning equally obviously needs to go further to the dysfunctional nature of the organization, its tendency to get into disputes like the current effort to dock K-Rod’s pay or the offseason battle with Carlos Beltran over his surgery. This is a shabbily run organization, and there’s no reason it has to be.