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Saturday, April 26, 2014

NYPost: “Current regime ‘tired of hearing about ‘86 Mets’”

To understand the underlying tension between the Mets’ current front office regime and the 1986 Mets, you only need revert to spring training three years ago in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Paul DePodesta, then in his first months as the Mets’ vice president of player development and amateur scouting, stood in front of the assembled minor league staff for his first meeting and, according to a witness, dropped a grenade that still reverberates through the organization.

“I’m tired of hearing about the ’86 Mets,” DePodesta told the staff, according to the witness. [...]

As one of the ’86 Mets said Friday: “All those championship teams [DePodesta] played on at Harvard.”

Said another member of the ’86 Mets, referring to Alderson’s Oakland pedigree: “Those guys, the last time they had a good team, we were playing.” [...]

“If they would have come in here and turned this thing around, it might be a different feeling,” said a member of the ’86 Mets. “At this point they are still betting on the next roll.”

The same player questioned whether Alderson, DePodesta and special assistant J.P. Ricciardi have an understanding about the love affair between Mets fans and the iconic ’86 team.

“New York fans are the most passionate there are in the world and they take sports heroes to heart,” the player said. “There is an emotional attachment and I don’t know if those guys have that kind of history with the fans.”

bobm Posted: April 26, 2014 at 01:17 PM | 50 comment(s)
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