The 2018 Mets season has become background noise

A long time ago, a young pup of a blogger compared the beginning of the Sandy Alderson era of Mets baseball to 1980, the beginning of the Frank Cashen era. Well, we’ve now come full circle. The sad end of Alderson’s tenure as General Manager now coincides with a feeling that this season is much like 1977, the year that started the team’s famous slide into irrelevance, a state that lasted seven seasons. It’s funny that the Mets that year also had a manager with little experience screw up a lineup card and have the crew bat out of order. And of course, the Yankees are great again, so there’s that aspect as well. The only difference is that it doesn’t appear the Bronx will be on fire anytime soon, nor would Yankee skipper Aaron Boone confront Giancarlo Stanton in the dugout. The Mets left relevance at the airport when they flew to Atlanta on April 19.

This is what happens when there is truly no hope for a franchise. The unending string of bad news causes fans to go uncomfortably numb. In the delirious days of 1986, the New York Post ran a back page headline during a long Mets’ winning streak, “Ho-Hum…Another Win.” That’s now become, “OK…Another Loss.” When a team is as bad as the Mets have been – 19-42 since April 19 — it just becomes expected. Something like that becomes a “new normal,” and after awhile you don’t even notice it. It becomes the air you breathe, the water you swim in. It’s a droning presence you barely pay attention to anymore. Unless, something unexpected happens, like the terrible news of Alderson’s cancer recurrence. Alderson had come under harsh scrutiny this season – harsher than any he’d had to endure since he arrived eight years ago – for his performance in the GM’s chair, but of course, all that get pushed aside and we are reminded that the man is also a man, a flesh-and-blood human being who is more than just the collection of skills he brings to the job. Alderson is an attorney, an ex-Marine, a husband, a father and a grandfather, not just the guy who traded for Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes, not just the guy who signed Jose Reyes and Jay Bruce to free agent contracts. For all the criticism he has taken this year, I think I can speak for a vast majority of fans who wish him good health and a full recovery, even though it’s clear he won’t be returning to the team.

No. His job has been taken over by a three-headed monster, John Ricco, Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi. How that will work is anybody’s guess right now, but the immediate reaction is that this now opens the door for more input from Jeff Wilpon. Great. Just what this team needs: a three-man committee, with disputes settled by a definition of nepotism who knows nothing about baseball. Meanwhile, that faint buzz you hear is yet another season whizzing by without the hope of a title.

In other words, the drone of losing.

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7 comments for “The 2018 Mets season has become background noise

  1. June 28, 2018 at 8:10 am

    That sound you hear is the toilet flush of another season with little hope for a cohesive future. I call it controlled chaos. How is it that New York is stuck with the worst owners sons in sports history? Who’s worse James Dolan or Jeff Wilpon? I’m sorry Charlie. The future looks pretty bleak to me.

  2. June 28, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I’m afraid of what the three amigo gms will do considering they wanna make a mark and two of three (Ricco and Minaya), are Wilpon stooges and Minaya was a horrid gm and Ricciardi’s work in Toronto wasn’t good.

  3. Madman
    June 28, 2018 at 9:36 am

    When’s football start?

  4. Steevy
    June 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    If Sandy is not coming back(and I wish him well as far as his health) why appoint the 3 stooges?Why not officially resign so the team can hire a new broom to sweep out this sad sack of an organization.

  5. June 28, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Maybe the Wilponzis are waiting to see who gets fired this off season? It’s like walking down a street in Manhattan and seeing the guy play 3 card Monty. But I do believe Sandy said he does not expect to be coming back.

  6. MattyMets
    June 29, 2018 at 8:56 am

    It all feels like a bad dream, doesn’t it? Last year went down the drain because of injured pitchers; this year because of injured hitters. So much for all those new conditioning gurus. And you can’t just point the finger at signing too many 30+ guys because our disabled list has been full of 20 somethings too.

  7. June 29, 2018 at 9:06 am

    The Wilpon curse?

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