The Wilpon money fiasco has exploded all over the back pages of newspapers, the blogosphere, and sports talk radio. No matter how hard you try, you cannot avoid it. So with everything that has happened, you have to wonder what really is in store for the New York Mets and their fans in 2011.
Will there be a fire sale with players before the trading deadline?
Will the Wilpons actually sell their 60 percent of the SNY Network?
Is it possible that the Wilpons will be forced to sell more than just 25 percent of the Mets? Well the answer to this question is a resounding “yes” if they seriously want to get somebody to invest.
How will this affect the players whose contracts will run out at the end of this baseball season? Will this be a distraction for those players or maybe to all of the players? Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are among the players who will be without contracts. While Reyes has made it known he does not want to discuss a possible contract during the season, you have to think what is happening right now will be on his mind during the season.
To think this baseball season will be a drama-free zone is ludicrous. Anybody who seriously follows the Mets knows that since 2007, drama and the Mets go hand-in-hand.
What the Mets players need to do is just focus on what is going on in the field. While jobs could indeed be affected by this, it cannot be something they are thinking about. They cannot go on the field thinking, “I have to hit 30 home runs this year so I can keep my job here in Flushing”. They’ll be putting too much pressure on themselves. If there is one thing the Mets cannot handle, it is pressure.
It seems Mets fans cannot get enough of the drama either. They are always talking about it on Facebook, Twitter and their websites. I think the fans should just focus on what is happening on the baseball field otherwise they will get crazier than they already are. The front office is not what you pay to see. You pay to see the players on the field. So focus on that.
Mets fans always wanted the Mets to have the backpages of the newspapers, right? Well, you got your wish. Like the old saying goes:
Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
They may not be the stories you wanted to see, but they got the Mets on the backpages. You certainly do not see the Yankees there right now. I expect more of this during the season. Let’s just hope the players can give the newspapers other reasons.