Mets Musings: Wilpon's World

By Howie Mansfield, BBM Staff Writer

The Mets are better off without the Wilpons (photo credit: Getty Images)
As I settled into my seat at Citi Field a few weeks ago, I noticed a few stark things.

On a Sunday afternoon, against a divisional opponent (in this case, the Braves), the ballpark was mostly empty. Even horrible Mets teams in the past have drawn better during the midsummer swoon of their favorite team. The public address announcer’s voice boomed through the stadium - another indication of the sparseness of the crowd.

The day was hot, over 90 degrees and a sun beaming down that forced many into the shade. I can remember times watching Mets games on TV when fans still filled the seats, hot day or not. Bad team or not.

The Mets built a 3-0 lead, only to see it evaporate. The fans in attendance that were vocal, turned quiet yet again, and a ghostly pause echoed through this one majestic ballpark.

What has happened, you might ask? The Mets seem to be plagued by a curse, bad luck, unfortunate events that each and every year.

Ownership should take a hard look at themselves and the situation this franchise finds themselves in. 

The fight between Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon, the relationship between Mets brass and Bernie Madoff, the forever contract for Bobby Bonilla, players paid for future performance that never happens (Jason Bay comes to mind), a medical staff that mismanages and creates an environment detrimental to player health. Should I go on?

The Wilpons (dad Fred and son Jeff) need to sell this team. The Mets have longed for the days when general managers were hired to build a championship, not look at statistics in hopes of creating a contender on paper. Gone should be the days of spending money on players passing their peak, but instead paying their young homegrown talent.

The realization of continued missteps that have pushed fans to make a decision - go out to the games and support the franchise, even its ownership or watch from afar and keep the faith that better days ahead. True fans are torn, wanting to support the players, and let them know we still care. However, don’t want the Wilpons to make money and see this business as worth the continued investment.

It’s time for the Wilpons to walk away and allow someone to shape the future in the best way: creating an atmosphere that sweeps over Queens, filling Citi Field with the sounds of hope, win or lose, that every day they have a chance to be the Amazin' Mets once again.

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Howie welcomes feedback on his columns. He can be reached at howie@brokenbatmedia.com.

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