Dear Fred Wilpon,
When you get a chance read your quotes from the New Yorker below closely.
About David Wright:
“A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
About Jose Reyes:
“He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money. He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”
About Carlos Beltran:
“We had some schmuck (referring to himself) in New York who paid him based on that one series. He’s sixty-five to seventy per cent of what he was.”
I believe you are a fan, and part of me digs that. So many times I read about owners that don’t give a shit about how the team performs (see the Pittsburgh Pirates or L.A. Clippers). However, it seems to me that you have no clue how your words impact the entire organization as well as the entire fan base.
Don’t get me wrong, you are entitled to have these opinions. Just keep them away from the public. Jose Reyes, David Wright, Ike Davis, and Carlos Beltran don’t care what I think. They certainly care what you do. They are your employees. That is a huge difference between you and me.
I’m glad you recognize that you alone are the one to blame for the size of the Beltran contract. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it, because I have enjoyed watching him play. But I also understand that contract has impacted what you have done with other players.
The problem with what you said is, other potential free agents will read this article. Do you think they want to play for an owner that will flat-out dog a player for his worst professional moment in public like that?
I agree with your assessment of David Wright. However, he is the face of your franchise, and sells tickets. You just de-valued one of your few remaining money-making assets. Not to mention, you probably created a situation in which he will press even more, probably in an effort to prove you wrong.
Don’t think this would be a good thing if he succeeds either. He’ll probably sign with the Phillies when his contract expires so he can shove it down your throat the rest of his career.
On to your comments about Jose Reyes which are by far the most idiotic of the bunch. There are fans out there that agree with your assessment. The problem is you completely hamstrung your front office in terms of either trading him or re-signing him.
Any team interested in trading for Jose just started taking players off the table for a potential deal before it was even offered. Jose and his agent now have more motivation to look for more money to prove you wrong as well as have a motivator to leave New York high and dry.
Oh, by the way, you probably alienated your entire front office in this article as well. It is going to be a great deal more difficult trying to build a winner with comments like this.
I believe you are passionate about the Mets. Even your buddy Saul said you feel they should win 162 games a year. The difference between you and me is that you have the ability to affect change. Your biggest problem is you can’t get out of your own way (see all of the evidence listed above).
After this lack of professionalism, how can you possibly expect fans to buy tickets knowing that you destroyed any leverage you have in potential future decisions regarding the most important issues facing the Mets?
My perception of you is that you have a hard time separating business from your personal opinions. Obviously, I don’t have all of the information, but I feel this is a fair assessment from what I do know. Look at the Madoff mess for an example. You are in the middle of a billion dollar lawsuit because of this issue.
We are all frustrated that your team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006. Kicking people while they are down and hamstringing your front office doesn’t seem like an appropriate solution to the problem. How can you not see this?
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Jason, The Midwestropoitan