Fire Wilpon


In 15 years Noah Syndergaard will be pitching for the Texas Rangers against the New York Yankees in a September game in what will be his last season as a major league pitcher. He won’t throw 100 MPH anymore, but he’ll still be able to take it up to 92-94 MPH in those high pressure spots when the adrenaline is pumping. He’ll be finishing up an impressive and long career that included pitching for four different teams and many experts will see him as a hall of famer.

Matt Harvey will already be retired and working in the broadcast booth for the YES Network. He’ll be handling coverage of the game featuring his former teammate. Harvey will be one of those broadcasters that occasionally wears his championship rings in the booth. The two World Series championships, and the Cy Young he won in Yankee pinstripes are the clear highlights in what turned out to be a distinguished career.

They both occasionally chat with Steven Matz who retired two years earlier after a successful career as both a starting pitcher and a dominant late inning reliever. Matz still receives questions from fans about whether he preferred starting or relieving. In his heart he knows he loved being a starter, but it wasn’t until he left the Mets and re-invented himself as a reliever that his career really took off.

Jacob deGrom is retired living in Florida with his family. In the last season of his career he decided to try and return to Flushing to finish things where it all started. He was already considered one of the greatest pitchers in Mets history, but he felt like closing things out in Queens made sense. Unfortunately the Wilpons wouldn’t take any phone calls from his agent. They had no interest in giving him the 8 million dollar one year deal that he wanted to make the Mets reunion happen.

Once a year the four pitchers get together for dinner in New York to reminisce about their years in Queens. It’s always bittersweet since the conversation revolves around early career injuries, mistakes made in the 2015 World Series, and how frustrating it is that they never made it back as a group despite all the pitching talent. Generally the pitchers avoid bad mouthing an organization that many feel mishandled their injuries time and time again. The guys are just too classy and proud to make excuses and play the blame game.

The Sad Reality: That narrative above is where we are heading folks. As long as the Wilpons continue to be the final decision makers for this franchise we are destined to continue seeing regular incompetence in every area of this franchise. On Sunday the Mets lost one of the most embarrassing games I have ever witnessed. The 23-5 loss erased any good feelings from the weekend series win in Washington. Noah Syndergaard left the game with a lat injury that I’m sure was a result of him changing his mechanics to try and compensate for another injury that we don’t know about yet. We all saw it coming the second our front office allowed him to refuse an MRI. Refusing treatment from medical professionals is not typically an option that sports organizations give a 23 year old unless that organization is the incompetent New York Mets franchise.

I don’t want to hear about how the union could file grievances and how you can’t force players to go to the doctor. I don’t want to hear about how trainer Ray Ramirez is incompetent. Ramirez doesn’t make the big medical decisions. I don’t want to hear about how this is Terry Collins’ fault for recklessly pushing his players. Decisions involving injuries to franchise players shouldn’t be made by the manager.

This all falls at the feet of ownership. If you really feel more comfortable blaming Wilpon stooge Sandy Alderson then go right ahead. The bottom line is the mishandling of injuries and re-occurring organizational incompetence is the fault of Fred and Jeff. I still feel like this organization will never escape the cycle of embarrassment until the Wilpons are out of the picture.

Depressing Updates:

  • Noah Syndergaard had an a MRI today, and he has a partially torn lat. He’s out forever. I can’t wait for the Wilpon media to start questioning his toughness like they did with Steven Matz (who’s also out forever). I’m already seeing articles attributing Thor’s injury to the fact that he put on extra muscle this offseason. I’m sure we will see the same Wilpon media spin around Cespedes before long.
  • Seth Lugo has a half torn UCL. He’s out forever.
  • Rafael Montero is officially our fifth starter. If you thought it was okay to let Bartolo Colon walk and that the Mets had enough pitching depth you were 100% wrong.
  • We can’t go to Citi Field and watch Yoenis Cespedes until god knows when because of this organization’s incompetence. The Wilpons may have signed Yo, but if we can’t watch him play because their incompetence caused him to be injured does it even matter?
  • If you spent the offseason saying “we need to trade Jay Bruce immediately” you were 100% wrong. He’s going to wind up playing everyday all season. Without his contributions at the plate in April we might have the worst record in baseball.
  • Lucas Duda isn’t coming off the DL on schedule. He’s seemingly had a setback related to his hyperextended elbow. I can’t wait for Lucas to sign with an American League team in the offseason and play 8 straight healthy and productive seasons as a first baseman/designated hitter.

Today: We head to Atlanta to play the Braves. As all Mets fans know, whenever the team heads to Atlanta good things happen. I’m sure this four game set will totally lift our spirits.

The Mets Make Me Sad


Final Score: D-Backs 9, Mets 0

The Mets are now a .500 ball club for the first time since April. They were swept at home by the cellar dwelling Arizona Diamondbacks. They never had a chance to score a run in this game. They are playing like a dead team full of guys hoping the season ends tomorrow. But there’s another month and a half of games left. I have tickets for a game at the end of this month, and I don’t even want to go. So many young campers were at the game today. Poor campers. Nobody should have to suffer like the fans did today.

Noah Syndergaard barely pitched 5 innings, and he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits. He hasn’t been the same since they discovered the bone chips in his elbow. Poor Noah. Jon Niese came on in relief of Thor and was crushed. He gave up 6 runs in one inning of relief. He’s terrible and always has been.

The Most Public Of Our Many Humiliations: This D-Backs series may be the most embarrassing public execution of a Mets season in years. Terry ranted for four minutes after the game about how the players need to be passionate. Terry said if the current crew of players don’t start playing inspired ball, he’ll find guys in Vegas who will. Unfortunately for Terry, there’s nobody left to call up in Vegas. They’re already in the Mets starting lineup. Maybe the Mets will fire Terry Collins and name Eric Campbell manager on an interim basis.

Let’s Be The Actual Worst: If the Mets are going to keep crashing and burning in 2016, then I want the team to post the lowest batting average with runners in scoring position in baseball history. Right now we’re number two, but “worst of all-time” just rolls off the tongue better.

We Are The Actual Worst: The D-Backs ran all over the Mets pitching staff again. They stole four bases against us. The Mets are the worst team in the majors at preventing stolen bases. This has been a problem for the Mets all season, and they haven’t been able to fix it. It doesn’t even feel like they’ve tried to fix it.

The Worst Part of It All: The worst part about this Mets dumpster fire is it’s going to make it harder to sell Yo on a return when competitive teams start showing interest. Yoenis Cespedes is probably packing his golf bag and his horse into his rocket car right now. He’s ready to get the hell out of dodge.

Fear The Real Rock Bottom: I’m scared to watch the rest of the games. The Yo DL trip was devastating. This D-Backs series was brutal. But those aren’t really rock bottom. I’m a Mets fan. I know what rock bottom is like, and I know what “Mets rock bottom” is like. We haven’t seen that yet. That usually involves something like a franchise player being diagnosed with a debilitating spinal condition like poor David Wright. Bless his poor neck and spine.

If I was directing “2016 Mets” the movie I’d just copy the ending of “2015 Nationals”. That’s when you trade for Papelbon, watch him choke Cespedes in the dugout on national television and then cut to black.

Tomorrow: The Padres come to town tomorrow. Styx plays a concert on Saturday. Looks like we’ll see a meaningful concert in August instead of meaningful games in September.