I was gonna write this article last night after me and Eddie went back and forth with a few texts, but I decided against not contaminating the excitement of Ike’s Major League premiere with my negative karma. I am gonna wright it now because I feel it’s something that has to be asked, and I’d love to get an answer that’s for sure.
Who exactly has the master plan for the New York Mets? The reason I ask is because this entire debacle at first base stinks of desperation and it really illustrates the lack of an overall plan or strategy by the Mets front office. I feel this is the reason that neither Omar or Jerry should have been brought back this season, you create an environment that undermines them from the get go, because everyone knows they very likely dead-men-walking.
So who is calling the shots? Who is looking out for the Mets best interest long term? I do believe that Omar is trying to do this. I very much expected him to have no problem trading off anything in a win now type of trade, or overspending on free-agent pitching figuring what does he care if it handcuffs the team 5 years down the road … he probably wont be here by then. To his credit he didn’t do this, and I actually felt he did well by staying away from certain players (I felt Lackey was overpriced and too risky a move for the Mets).
With that said I find it hard to believe that Ike Davis has suddenly matured enough to be ready for the Major Leagues after two weeks. I can’t believe that when management said at the end of spring training that Ike needed to see more left-handed pitching, that they were talking about twenty at bats? And exactly who’s idea was it to sit Ike down for over a week at the end of spring training getting no at bats, if he was possibly being called up 2 weeks into the season.
I know nobody can predict the future, but all signs point to the Mets having no desire to call up Ike any time soon, yet here we are in game 12 and Ike has been called up. For the record I think it was the right move, and a good one, but it really makes me wonder just who is the man with the plan here.
I am a lifer. I am a Mets fan for life. I am one of those rare fans that would not mortgage the next five years just to assemble a team for this season. In fact I hate when teams do that. I have to worry about the farm system because those are the guys I will be cheering on in 3-4-5 years. So who is looking out for these things? You know Jerry isn’t. And to be true it’s kind of unrealistic to expect Omar to truly do this given his precarious standing. So who is it? This confusion has me really worried. Is it the Wilpons? Oh please God no. Is it Ricco? Acting in a sort of checks-and-balances fashion with Omar? That might sound good, but then what is the point of having Omar at all? If you have so little confidence in the guy then get rid of him already. All your doing then is turning this Mets job into one that premium candidate’s will not want down the road.
It’s this mixed message we continue to get that worries me deeply. All spring we heard how there was no way Jenrry Mejia would break camp with the club. Yet here he is on the roster. Then we heard all about Ike needing to mature, and face lefties, and polish his fielding, and two weeks later he’s called up. How is it that Ike wasn’t ready to be in the lineup on opening day, yet suddenly he’s ready to be our savior? It doesn’t add up.
I like Ike, and I would much rather watch him learn at first then either Jacobs, Murphy, or Tatis. But the truth is it sure looks like a move of desperation. A franchise that feels it’s losing it’s fan base and sees this as a move to satisfy them, and to draw attention away from other places (did you notice the news breaking of Beltran seeing the Dr. that broke during Ike’s first game? Fishy).
Hopefully I am just being a beaten, cynical Mets fan, but I wasn’t born this way, I was created over many years by our beloved team.