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STOP DICKEYING US AROUND WILPON! Mets Ownership Should Either Commit to a Direction or Sell The Team.

By Tony Grater

R.A. Dickey, people.

R.A….wait for it…DICKEY!!!

The Yankees get Curtis Granderson and Javier Vazquez, the Phillies trade Cliff Lee for Roy Halladay, and the Red Sox sign John Lackey. Oh yeah, and the Washington Nationals sign Jason freaking Marquis.

The Mets, meanwhile, sign a 35-year old Japanese import who has never pitched a game in the Majors before (gee THAT sounds familiar), and a career minor leaguer, who just started throwing the knuckle ball a few years ago, and has a punch line for a last name.

R.A. Dickey.

Really, Omar? Really?? Is this the best that you can do?

I have become convinced that Omar Minaya either has NO power as a general manager whatsoever, or he is simply insane. And I have also come to the conclusion that Mets ownership is either putting us on big time, or they have become bored with this franchise, and are literally tying to sabotage it, and drive it into the ground.

How else do you explain R.A. Dickey? Are they kidding us? What kind of a move is this for a team that is in serious need of a complete overhaul to its pitching rotation, desperately requires power in the middle of its line up, and even more desperately, needs to make a decision: Either define the identity of this franchise, commit to a direction that will eventually lead it to a championship, and a lengthy amount of success, or sell the team to an owner who will. There is no middle ground here.

The Mets have not had much over their 47-year existence. They do not have a winning tradition like that other team in the Bronx has, and they certainly don’t have a plethora of division titles, or even a sustained level of excellence for any extended period of time, such as the Braves. But the one thing the Mets do have is a passionate and die-hard fan base. However, that fan base has been taken advantage of, stepped on, and embarrassed to the point where it is starting to take its toll. And if the Wilpons don’t watch it, they will lose a lot more fans before this is all said and done.

Understand that this does not start, nor end, with R.A. Dickey. No, this is just the latest in a long line of the Mets, year after year, consistently dragging their feet through the off season, not willing to pursue free agents that could actually make a difference, and pretty much providing the fans with window dressing, which is exactly what their “pursuit” of Jason Bay is, and little else.

I suppose I shouldn’t complain here though, right? I mean, the past few years, the Mets have traded for Johan Santana, and signed Francisco Rodriguez. And they have a line up that includes Jose Reyes, David Wright, and Carlos Beltran. What more can I ask for?

Yeah, and the pitching staff also includes John Maine, Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez (not exactly Seaver, Koosman and Matlack). And the line-up includes, Luis Castillo and Daniel Murphy, (not exactly Edgardo Alfonso and John Olerud). There is also no starting catcher or right fielder at the moment, and they’ve passed up opportunities to bring in the likes of Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Orlando Hudson, and Manny Ramirez. And I don’t want to hear the crock that the Mets can’t compete with the Yankees, because that’s just what it is. The Mets REFUSE to compete with Yankees. And furthermore, they refuse to commit to a direction. They never commit to a full rebuild and they never make the moves to put them over the top when they’re ready to win. No, instead they rebuild half way, go into a “win now” mode the minute they have a little success, and then stop right when they’re on the cusp of greatness.

Championships are not important to the Wilpons. They are only interested in being competitive, their five million different uniforms, and their constant drooling over a long gone franchise, the Brooklyn Dodgers. And quite frankly, outside of the inherited old fans from Brooklyn, the Dodgers really have no history or ties to the Mets whatsoever. Yet you wouldn’t know that if you went for a visit to Citi Field, basically a retro Ebbets Field look-alike. This brand new, state of the art stadium, that cost the Wilpons $900 million to build, was basically devoid of anything having to do with the Mets (they had their championship banners HIDDEN) before the fans started putting up a stink about it. I mean, really. The design of the stadium is insulting enough, but the Jackie Robinson Rotunda? And let’s not forget they already have a minor league team playing in Brooklyn that has never produced one meaningful prospect. Why don’t they just move the parent team to Flatbush already and rename them the Trolleys, if they’re so obsessed with Brooklyn? Stick the Cyclones in Queens or Staten Island or New Jersey for all I care. Just stop insulting the fans intelligence.

Stop with the R.A. Dickeys, the 35-year old Japanese Greg Madduxs, and the constant bowing down to a relocated franchise most of the current fan base loathes, and commit to direction. Restore some pride to this once proud organization. It did have that at one time.

Otherwise, do us all a favor, and just sell the team already, before you destroy it.


  1. Instead whining and moaning like all Mets fans do, why not point out some of the moves that could help the Mets. Maybe a Ben Sheets or Erik Bedard could help the staff maybe a Mark DeRosa, wait he just got signed, but you get my drift. And the offseason has only begun, and c'mon this year's FA class has nothing on next year's anyway

  2. With all due respect, Ben Sheets is more injury prone then John Maine, and Erik Bedard is not that fine behind either of them. And Mark DeRosa, as you said pointed out, signed with another team. Thanks for your feedback, but wake me when they actually do sign someone.