Monday night, ESPN.com reported that N.Y. Mets’ principal owner Fred Wilpon blasted New York Mets stars Carlos Beltran, David Wright, and Jose Reyes in the New Yorker magazine.
In the article designed to tell Wilson’s rags to riches tale, Wilpon lambasted Reyes’ and Beltran’s value, noting the two players tendencies for being injury prone. He also tossed a jab at five-time All-Star David Wright, backhanding the Mets third baseman, calling him “a nice guy and a good player, but not a superstar.”
A long time diehard Mets fan, I was personally left scratching my head after the comments made about the three players who alongside injured starting pitcher Johan Santana, could be considered the core of the current club.
Coming off the heels of additional news that the Mets were intending on slashing payroll 30 percent for the 2012 season and were considered to be “bleeding money” with an anticipated net loss of $70 million dollars this season, I was befuddled as to how trashing your biggest stars was going to draw disillusioned fans like myself to the gates this year.
Interested to see if I was alone in my frustrations towards the Mets, I decided to take to local sports bars in the Huntington area to see what people had to say about Fred Wilpon’s latest PR flub:
Tom Pryor, a Yankee fan whom I interviewed at Checkers Café in Huntington Station, seemed to think that Wilpon was not fit to own the team. “I think Charles Wang should buy the team,” he said.
Many of the local sports fans I spoke to however, feel that the controversy is overblown.
At Rookie’s in Huntington Village, Roger Mormon said, “I don’t think the comments are that bad.”
Dan Lux, a Mets fan also at Rookie’s sympathized with Mr. Wilpon, saying, “He’s willing to spend the money to make the Mets good, now they don’t have the money to spend.” His friend, who went by the name of Peanut, stated, “He’s pissed off…he could be out $1 Billion dollars…he’s getting cranky.”
Doug Mayer, a diehard Mets’ fan whom I talked to at Checkers, felt the situation was overblown and over-hyped, commenting, “My first reaction was that I couldn’t believe it was a big a deal as it was, as this was something [George] Steinbrenner did weekly.” Mr. Mayer also added that “it’s his money, and he is entitled to his opinion.”
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at both Rookie’s in Huntington Village and Checkers Café in Huntington Station for their assistance in acquiring comments in this article.