Met fans talk a big game. We say that if the BLEEPITY BLEEPING owners don’t give Sandy Alderson the money to sign David Wright and other players, that we’re not watching a single game. The truth of the matter is: If you are reading this blog… you care about the Mets too much to ignore them through a season. The truth is that you’ll complain until every message board but still end up watching, rooting for, and cursing your favorite team.
Instead of a hyperbolic appeal to the owners full of threat, innuendo and puffery I’ve decided to try a more rational approach that appeals to the Wilpons on a rational level. There are plenty reasons that they should care about in terms of bringing back David Wright and R.A. Dickey and investing in the team. Remember, all things revolve around MONEY.
Spend Money To Make Money: David Wright will cost the Mets a lot of money to retain. More money than his skills alone might be worth on the open market… but then again… probably about as much as another team would eventually be willing to offer. R.A. Dickey is going to cost a substantial increase but he’s not going to get Ace money just as he isn’t going to get drafted in the first 3 rounds of the average fantasy baseball draft next season. The key with Dickey and Wright isn’t how much they’d want. It’s how much they’d make the team. If David Wright is making $20 Mil a year (Not saying he will… it’s just a round number) then it would be assumed that he’d be making the team over $20 Mil between his draw as a player and the rights to his name. The same goes with Dickey but I’ll estimate $10 Mil instead.
The fact is that, YES, they probably do earn their keep in Met uniforms at those kinds of salaries. The question is if the team makes enough of them to offset the money they decidedly don’t make off of Johan Santana or Jason Bay.
Offer A Comparable Product: The next reality is that the Mets play baseball in New York. Which tends to mean that they will never escape a direct comparison to that other team who plays nearby. How can one New York team be so very good and the other team be so very bad? How can one team seem to have a never ending bag of money and the other team teeter near the big-market poverty level? You are winning no NEW fans this year. You’ve won no new fans for a while. You cannot continue to trot out an inferior product when there is a direct comparison a boro away and expect to attract a bigger fan base.
HECK! My Devils can’t attract fans and we’ve been a top team since 1994! Do the Rangers still sell more tickets? YES!
Charge Less: The fans are tired. These are not the new fans. These are the old fans. We’re tired. We have bought our jerseys, tickets and souvenir Pepsi cups. We’ve shelled out $20 for parking, $100 for mediocre tickets and another $50 on food at the stadium. Give us a break. If you can’t provide the funding to make your product credible… at least give us a break and make them affordable to watch. I didn’t go to a single game this season. Not because the Mets weren’t good, not because it’s not convenient to get from the stadium home to New Jersey by public transport, not even because I had a busy and miserable year. I didn’t go because I didn’t have the money to.
Here Is Me Being Rational: Spend More… Get Competitive… Charge Less…
Note: Rational does not (in this case) mean realistic.