There was an old television show from back in the days of my parents called “Father Knows Best”. I’m sure every father loves this show just by the title alone. Mothers would argue that they are the ones who know best, I’m sure. Well, it got me thinking, “who knows what is best for the New York Mets?”.
The GM, Sandy Alderson, was brought on board because the Wilpons seem to think that he is the one who knows what is best for this team. Perhaps he does. Yet we all know the Wilpons hardly know, or rather do, what is best for this team. So can we truly trust their judgement in matters of hiring the best person for the job?
Mets fans everywhere seem to think they know what is best. To this I say: HA! There were a number of these “fans” who were more than willing to trade Jose Reyes not so long ago for some pitching. Don’t you look silly now?
These same fans wanted Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran here. You were the first ones running out getting their jersey’s and t-shirts. While some are happy Beltran is here and doing more than what everyone thought he could because of his knees, some are too sore about 2006 to appreciate what he has done in 2011. To them I say: Get over it already!
I remember there were also fans who were willing to part ways with some of the farm like Ike Davis. We all know where that would have left us. Thank goodness Omar Minaya had the sense to keep most of the farm in tact even though he gave up quite a bit for Johan Santana. Say what you will about him, but he knew the importance of the farm system. He believed in the young players. A number of fans want a quick fix rather than waiting for what the farm has been cultivating. Patience is a virtue, people.
So who really knows what is best? It is not the sports writers or us bloggers. Let’s be honest. I would’ve made some moves that really would have pissed all of you off. There really is nobody who knows best. A general manager can only do what he feels is best. He looks at what he has and what he feels the team needs. Then he has to hope that his theory flies. It is all a crap shoot. Unfortunately, it does not always work out the way we would like it to.
So often the Mets have looked like contenders on paper. Instead, they end up looking like minor leaguers when they get on the field making stupid mistakes that you would expect out of rookies. It is not easy being an owner or a general manager. I do not envy them. No matter what they do, they will never make the fan base completely happy. That being said, the fan base needs to realize that they do not exactly know what is best either.