I guess I need to start off by explaining just where the heck we have been. I can’t speak for Eddie but only myself. I needed a break. I was a beaten man. At the time I couldn’t continue to keep pounding my head against the wall. I couldn’t stand watching a team make every move but the correct ones.
It was pretty apparent pretty early that the writing was on the wall and this era of the Mets was an abject failure. Minaya was a dead man walking and the Mets were in essence a rudderless ship (enough cliches?). I couldn’t stand the fact that I felt like I cared more then the people in charge.
As we welcome in the new year, we also welcome in a new braintrust. I will touch on those moves in future posts but the bottom line is I couldn’t be happier. I know a lot of people are upset about the Collins hire instead of Backman and I understand that. But don’t let it distract you from the fact that we have now, another cliche – on paper, one of the brightest, contemporary, forward thinking front offices in baseball. That old complaint of the Mets only signing Latin players can be buried now. Signings will make sense based on numbers. In the near future I have a feeling those numbers will have $$$ next to them. I am hoping in the not-so-distant future the numbers will be on field statistics.
Bottom line is the Pundit is back. We are getting ready for another season. We may not have realistic World Series aspirations but at least we can find security in the feeling of progress. A feeling of having a master plan. A feeling of integrity and class at the top, that in time will trickle down.
I still need to see more, and I probably have too many Mets scars to ever be anything but a pessimistic Mets fan, but I like the foundation laid this offseason. I am very intrigued to see where we go from here.