I’m not allowed to yet go into full details but until I can I will simply say that early this morning the world lost a wonderful human being. He was taken far too young and without question I owe him my life. G-dspeed.
I can go into more details now. The other day, Dr. Mark Brower died. You have no idea how much this shattered me. This kind and wonderful doctor literally saved my life when I was diagnosed with cancer over 20 years ago. I saw him just 2 weeks ago for 1 last appointment and to say goodbye since he was changing positions beginning in 2013. He has been taken far too early and the world is worse off for it.
Well, I think almost 200 days since my last post is long enough. Especially since so much has happened. What, you ask?
- Couple of new clients
- Got “separated” with divorce well underway
- Looking for a new place to live
- Started dating
- Found out how loyal my friends are and how much they truly rock – I love you guys!
- My first cousin became a GRANDmother (still have trouble believing this one!)
- Went to NOLA on a business trip and am heading to Israel for another
- Found out how much love can hurt, especially when you are lied to to your face – multiple times
- Found out that when you ARE lied to, it’s easier to move forward. Onward and upward, right?
- Did I mention my friends (and family) ROCK?
- Planned a trip to the Rock and Roll HOF this summer
- Spent WAY too much cash on ‘first dates’
- Loving being on my own
- Finding really cool people to hang out with.
- Really liking dating
That’s about it for now! Promise not to let 200 more days go before the next post!
So… Jose Reyes…. First let me say I don’t know (if I was GM) that I would have given him 6 years either. It’s a LONNNNG time for someone who is hurt way too much. I think the Mets ‘offer’ of 5 years 80-90 Million was fair and I think the Marlins were going to outbid them and even that, I’m OK with – I don’t like it, but I’m OK with it.
HERE’S where the issue lies, and I’ll quote Jose himself:
- “I mean, not only the visit that I went there, like I told you, those guys, they came from Miami to see me at 12:01, so that was huge for me.”
- AND “Like I say, I need to move on because they don’t offer anything, really, you know. They didn’t make a real offer, so that means they don’t want me there”
- AND “Would you have wanted them to call you more this offseason, show you more love? “No doubt,” Reyes said. “They don’t do that. When we almost get close to making a deal with the Marlins, that’s when they called. But they call for nothing because they don’t offer anything. It’s kind of weird. I was confused a little bit. During the season a lot of times Sandy (Alderson) said, ‘We want Jose’ and stuff like that. I expect they’d at least call and say, ‘We’re still working on some things so we’re going to get to you guys.’ That never happened.”
HOW FREAKING HARD WOULD IT HAVE BEEN FOR JEFFY TO CALL JOSE – 1 ON 1 – AND SAY, “WE WANT YOU BACK, I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT IS OUT THERE, GO AHEAD AND WE’LL BE IN TOUCH.”
If Jose himself is to be believed, that may have gone a long way. Would it have mattered in the end? Who knows. But even that (FREE!) thing (I presume the Mets have an unlimited calling plan) they couldn’t do. THIS, THIS RIGHT HERE, is a major part of the f**k-up that is the NY Mets front office and ownership. It’s crap like this that needs to be fixed.
So, apparently on April 20, 2011 Fred Wilpon, CEO and Principal Owner of my beloved NY Mets was interviewed by Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker (link). In that story, Fred threw his team and many players (by name) under the bus.
Now granted, on April 20, the Mets lost and their record was 5-13. I can MORE THAN understand his frustration. Heck I’M frustrated and I’m ‘only a fan’ – Freddy writes the checks.
Here’s what was wrong about what he said – ASIDE from calling out individual players.
Now, remember, Mr. George M. Steinbrenner III did this for years. Just a couple of examples: he called his most expensive (at the time) player (Dave Winfield) “Mr. May”; he called a pitcher they were paying a lot of money to (Hideki Irabu) a “fat toad”; he told Derek Jeter he was partying too much (and then made a Visa commercial to mock it!)
Difference?? There are a couple:
1) George would do it to the press directly and the story would be in the paper the next day. Fred told it to a magazine writer and the story doesn’t come out for almost a month. Since then the Mets have played “OK” and are just below .500 – yes I know that’s not good enough, but it beats the hell out of .278 (which is where they were at 5-13). If you’re trying to light a fire under your team, having the story come out 4 weeks later isn’t the way to do it.
2) George would do it fairly regularly. In the 30+ years Fred has owned/part-owned the Mets he has NEVER done it. It’s out of character.
3) Fred knew the story was coming and didn’t go to the players to at least warn them about it.
Yes, Fred was wrong. Yes, Fred is under a lot of pressure. Yes, this team IS better than a .278 team (but, they’re not much better than a .500 team), and Yes, I understand his frustration. But if you’re going to call them out, do it the right way – even Hank and Hal have realized they are not their father – notice how quiet they’ve become in the past couple of years.
So Fred, we forgive you. Apologize to your player and explain the frustration. BUT, please also look for a competent new owner. I think it may be time to go.
So, I’ve been in a non-talking, ‘argument’ state with someone that I HAD considered a close friend. A few months ago we had a bit of a ‘heart-to-heart’ talk and soon after this person decided not to communicate with me anymore. I thought I knew why, but now I’ve recently found out a ‘new’ reason. I put new in quotes because this issue is more than a few years old. The issue has nothing to do with him/her directly, but apparently they have deep feelings about it.
The kicker is that they have a lot of their facts very very wrong. AND, it wasn’t me they told this to, it was a 3rd party.
I’m so furious about this, that as of right now I feel there is no correcting this. At all. It’s really amazing to me that someone I considered so close would do this. It’s truly a ‘wow’ moment – and not in a good way.
Moyer plans elbow surgery but not retirement
The story (link here) is basically that Jamie Moyer (age 48) will have elbow surgery but is NOT retiring from MLB and plans to pitch in 2012.
Why do I love this story? Because when Jamie Moyer does retire, I will then be older than every MLB player. Jamie is my last shot, my one single thread to the fact that there are (well, IS) a MLB player older than me. Once that’s gone, I feel I will truly never play in the majors (yes, I know I’m slightly delusional.)
So, G-dspeed Jamie on your surgery and I hope to see you on the mound in 2012!!!!
OK folks here’s something that can hit home hard AND a great opportunity for you to do something if you’re in NJ.
This woman works with Monica at MSU – If you can help Delaney (story is below) please call Nadia at (201) 996-4819 so that she can determine your donor eligibility. In addition, please free to forward this message to anyone in the Hackensack area who might be interested. Thanks!
Kaitlin is an employee of Montclair State University who has a 5 month old daughter named Delaney. Delaney has cancer and has been in and out of the hospital. She is being treated with chemo & will need numerous blood transfusions. I am asking you to consider donating for Delaney. Her blood type is O+. This means she can accept whole blood donations from people who have O+ or O- blood and receive platelets from all other blood types. Donating must be done at Hackensack Medical Center and will take about an hour of your time.
If you are interested, you are asked to contact Nadia at the Blood Bank in Hackensack Medical Center. She will ask you a few preliminary questions to see if you are an acceptable donor. You can reach Nadia at 201-996-4819. Kaitlin’s sister Jenna is tracking the donations. If you successfully donate, she asks that you drop her a note that you have done so. You can reach her at jennakurdyla (at) gmail (dot) com.
Listen up. I’m already tired of reading the “Mets will listen to offers on X” (insert ANY player here) bull. OF COURSE they’re going to listen to offers on ANYONE. AND, it doesn’t matter if their record is 79-83 or 162-0. You HAVE to listen to any offer. Look, I love certain guys on this team and don’t want to see someone like Wright get traded, but if the Cardinals (for example) are offering Pujols, Wainwright, Carpenter and their top 5 prospects, D Wright is a Cardinal.
Now, I’m not saying that the Cards (or anyone else) are offering 3 top players AND 5 prospects, but if Mike Lynn was dumb enough to trade his entire draft (which was 5 players AND EIGHT draft picks for Herschel Walker and 4 middle round picks) then someone COULD do the same.
So, please – the Mets will listen to ANY offer and I now have some faith in the front office to decline the bad ones. But if someone calls and asks about Reyes, Wright, Ike Davis, Beltran or anyone else they’re not going to slam the phone down – not without listening first.
So my SIL has gotten me into Yoga. She tried a few years ago and I went once. Now, I’m planning on going a couple of times a month. Not great, but a start right?
First time I went, it completely kicked my ass. I sweated like I haven’t in years. After the 2nd go round, I was already in better shape, a bit more flexible and better for it.
I started to increase my gym attendance a couple of months ago, changing my routine from twice per week to about 4x/week. I’ve dropped 7 pounds or so (would like to drop another 5) and feel much better doing it. Since I had already increased the frequency, it was pretty easy to change up my regular gym routine and do yoga instead.
So, I’ll start with ~2x/month and go from there. If you’re in the neighborhood (let me know and I’ll tell you exactly where), stop in and sweat with me! (hmmmmmmm…)
Listen folks, you need to understand a few things.
1) This (the Mets) as is, are not acceptable in this market. But they aren’t THAT bad. They aren’t the Cubs who are 20+ games under .500 and haven’t won a WS in 100+ years. They aren’t the Pirates who haven’t sniffed .500 in 18 years. This is a franchise who was in the WS this century and has been competitive almost every year since. Yes, it’s not acceptable the way they are now but it’s not tragic.
2) 1 or 2 players will not fix this. I’m hearing all this BS about trading Wright and/or Reyes and/or Santana, etc. You have a better shortstop? a better 3B? a better SP? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
3) People are mixing up the things that are ‘wrong’ with the Mets. There are numerous things, but some need to be seperated out. The fact that they are the only team that does not offer their “plan” holders any discount, or the fact that I’ve been a ‘plan’ holder since 1985 and the best row in my section that they will offer me is 13 (out of 17) or things like this are DIFFERENT than what’s wrong on the field or in the ‘front office’. BTW, these things NEED to be fixed and I think the Mets need a new Marketing/Fan dept – but that’s another rant.
4) Why did the Mets win in 1986? Remember where they were in 1980 when Wilpon/Doubleday bought the team:
1977: 63-99, 1978: 66-96 , 1979: 63-99, 1980: 67-95
1982: 65-97, 1983: 68-94, 1984: 90-72
Why the turnaround? Yes the new owners spent money that DeRoulet would NEVER do, but they did 1 VERY important thing: They hired a ‘baseball’ guy to run the show. Frank Cashen ‘fixed’ this team. Period. End of Sentence.
Jeff Wilpon may be a nice guy (maybe), he may be a ‘former Minor League catcher’. He may know business. BUT THEY NEED TO GET A GM AND LEAVE HIM ALONE! Set a budget (whatever it is), and enjoy the games from the box.
This team does NOT need to be gutted. I can even live with Frenchy and a .250/15/65 season IF you get production from somewhere else (ie: Dan Uggla at 2nd). I’d say 80% of the pieces (players) are here. You CAN win a WS with Wright and Reyes. To make a trade for the sake of making it, or for the sake of shaking up the team is foolish at best. Get new players (at any position) when they make your team better. Keep an eye on what you have and move quickly if you feel they are better (read: why was Ike Davis in AAA in April and why was GMJr on this team at all?) Keep some $$ in reserve for a push when you need it. Be flexible.
The 2010 Mets aren’t a playoff team (most likely) and when you play in NY and spend their budget dollars they should be, need to be and must be. BUT trading players and getting rid of front office people just for the sake of change isn’t the answer. This ain’t 1979. They’re not 63-99. Let’s all come in off the ledge.