Will Leitch wrote a great article for New York Magazine discussing why the Mets might not be as bad as we think. He lays it out pretty simple why we sometimes need to take a step back and get some perspective.
I know the last 3 or so years have been brutal, but according to him it could certainly be worse.
As painful as the past three and a half years have been—essentially, every moment since Carlos Beltran watched Adam Wainwright’s Bugs Bunny curveball swoosh past him in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series—the Mets are not, in fact, doomed. The vast majority of teams in Major League Baseball would love to be in the Mets’ position, with a loyal fan base, a pretty stadium, a surprisingly fertile minor-league system, and, of course, hundreds of millions of payroll dollars. In 2006, the Mets, with their core of David Wright, Reyes, and Beltran, seemed primed to dominate the NL East for years. It has all gone wrong since then. But it’s not too late: Wright is only 27 years old, Reyes 26. Minaya and Manuel might not be the right men to steer this ship in the right direction—and nothing is going to help them catch the Phillies this year—but the Mets can still fix this. Here’s how.
It’s a great article to read if your like me and want to start to focus on what needs to be done to fix this. My views have changed from cheering for the team day-to-day to trying to look forward more and try to see where this is all going.
He touches on how the Mets draft philosophy has to change and they need to go after those bonus babies, exactly as we have yelled and screamed about here at the Pundit.
What’s more is probably part of his closing paragraph:
All of these moves are basic ones that almost any management team in baseball might have made. They are not ones the current Minaya-Manuel tandem have shown any tendency to even consider. (The Mejia decision was made only because Wilpon threw some chairs around in Atlanta.) What these moves require is a fresh perspective, an efficiency expert to come in, see what the Mets have and don’t have, and trim the fat.
Go give it a read – it does a great job of summing up my feelings as a dire Mets fan.
Will Leitch: No Miracle Required
Thanks to the Hotfoot guys for the heads up with the link.