I’ve missed you. It has been a heckuva two weeks hasn’t it? Hurricane Sandy arrived and we here on the East Coast have taken a battering and been left powerless, and no, I’m not talking about the Mets’ outfield or the Yankees in the playoffs. My house, in particular, was without lights for a total of twelve days, twenty hours. The hurricane was harrowing, but we got through, due to the good graces of some fantastic neighbors – allowing us the use of a portion of their gas-powered generator, giving us their expertise as far as connecting the heat said generator, general goodwill and good fellowship. We’re here, none the worse for wear.
The Mets, on the other hand…
We keep hearing tales of dire circumstances – sourced and unsourced – over at Citi Field. To which I say, “So what else is new?” GM Sandy Alderson is spending another early fall scouring the bargain bins to cobble together an outfield, a catching corps and a bullpen. Putting aside the catching and ‘pen situations, we of the general public are left with a few questions. Will it be a respectable outfield? I would guess that’s reaching for the moon. Will it be a Major League caliber outfield? I rather doubt it. Will it be an outfield? We can pretty much count on it. The fact that trial balloons have launched concerning the return of Andres Torres should tell you all you need to know about the state of things. I fear we may find ourselves pining for the good ol’ days of Jason Bay by the time Memorial Day rolls around – and wasn’t getting out of that contract a year early a coup?
Meanwhile GM Sandy keeps giving us glimmers of hope about David Wright and R.A. Dickey… all while reports to the contrary continue to surface. The latest scuttlebutt – attributed to someone at the Wall Street Journal, but not published in the Journal – holds that the Wilpons don’t have enough scratch to extend either Wright or Dickey and that they’ll be given the bums’ rush within two years. To which the cynic replies, “It’s a shame we have to wait that long.” The date of the Wilponic exit will be a good news day for most Met fans, I suspect. I was not heartened by Jeff Wilpon himself delivering the “Re-signing R.A./David is our top priority” bromide.
But Sandy soldiers on, trying his best to deliver us a competent team to put on the field, but it would seem he is as hamstrung as the rest of us. Everyone – every pundit from the MSM and blogosphere – has stated that this is a critical, crossroads offseason for this here NYM franchise. You’d think somebody in Queens would act like it.
Like the other Sandy, I’m afraid he will blow it.