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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bondy: To Wilpon, Mets a laughing matter

Hey, there are over 8,000 Laughter Clubs worldwide…what’s another one?

And for all of that effort, passion and resilience, it would be nice to think that ownership had their backs.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Jeff Wilpon showed up at Citi Field Tuesday night, made a rare public appearance and promptly gave up on the season during a pregame ceremony for Rivera, who threw out the first ball, and eventually the last.

“Wish we could see you in the World Series,” Jeff Wilpon told Rivera. “But I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

Rivera, a reliever by nature, tried to rescue Wilpon from his own verbal slip.

“You never know,” Rivera said, and Wilpon agreed. It was too late for a save, though. Wilpon, the Met COO, had committed the terrible crime of being too honest about his team’s hopeless lot in life.

...If Wilpon’s brief concession speech had come from a Yankee owner, it would be deemed an outrageous, blasphemous statement. With the Mets, though, capitulation fits their modus operandi. They enter fresh seasons screaming, “We’re rebuilding!” They tell us up front they’re not spending money on big names, then don’t even spend on middling names. Sandy Alderson has done virtually nothing to improve matters. Reports about pitchers in the farm system are encouraging, yet offer no guarantees. For now, the Mets are hitching their horses to Harvey, an Omar Minaya draft pick.

While Wilpon was busy surrendering, the Yankees were fighting their own circumstances, holding their lineup together with glue, paper clips and Hiroki Kuroda. The Yanks have now dropped three straight, five of their last seven, and it seems they’ve finally plateaued while competing with such a depleted roster.

Repoz Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:30 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:45 AM (#4454398)
It actually bothers me more that a guy on the team they were about to compete against threw out the first pitch, than it does that Wilpon admitted they're not going to make the World Series this year. You have to have a little pride, but you don't have to be completely delusional...
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:50 AM (#4454399)
I actually thought it was a nice gesture. This isn't some random guy hanging 'em up, he's a surefire first ballot Hall of Famer (and make no mistake, he's sailing in) who has always been a decent guy. I would expect most teams will perform some kind of gesture on his final visit to town.
   3. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:22 AM (#4454411)
It actually bothers me more that a guy on the team they were about to compete against threw out the first pitch, than it does that Wilpon admitted they're not going to make the World Series this year. You have to have a little pride, but you don't have to be completely delusional...

I don't see the big deal, DA. It's not as though Wilpon had pulled a Kasten by begging Yankee fans to cross the Whitestone and fill in all of the empty seats.
   4. Lassus Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:25 AM (#4454413)
Besides, it was just the long game for humiliating him later.
   5. zack Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM (#4454450)
I actually thought it was a nice gesture. This isn't some random guy hanging 'em up, he's a surefire first ballot Hall of Famer (and make no mistake, he's sailing in) who has always been a decent guy. I would expect most teams will perform some kind of gesture on his final visit to town.

He can do that when he's retired.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM (#4454468)
It was a genius move: Wear him out before the game so he's got nothing left by the time the ninth inning rolls around.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4454488)
It's not a big deal, but I don't see the need for it. The Yankees should obviously celebrate Mariano, and MLB as an organization can certainly do it, but I don't see why the team trying to beat the guy should do it.

I fully admit that my feelings largely stem from the little brother complex, and feeling that the rest of the world venerates the Yankee stars enough that the team that's trying to wrest control of the city from them doesn't need to pitch in. Although I also wouldn't see why the Mets would need to honor Tony Gwynn or something, I probably wouldn't have any emotional reaction to it. And if the Yankees, God forbid, are still as much on top of the city when David Wright retires as they are now, I bet most Yankee fans won't mind throwing Wright a bone, because the Mets are no threat to them. (I would also bet you, however, that the Yanks will do absolutely no such thing.)

But yes, the most important thing is the Mets won the game :)
   8. Barnaby Jones Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM (#4454532)
"Victor lap" honors aren't that unusual. I remember seeing them for both Gwynn and Ripken in Atlanta. Chipper got a gift and/or ceremony from just about everyone last year.
   9. catomi01 Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM (#4454540)
I would expect most teams will perform some kind of gesture on his final visit to town.


if i'm not mistaken - basically every team has in his last game - Cleveland gave him a gold record of enter sandman, and i remember a couple of other teams giving gifts of some kind....despite my comments in the other thread, i;m not a a big fan of active players throwing out the 1st pitch...but seems like the mets handled this well - and throwing to franco was a nice touch in and of itself in my opinion.
   10. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM (#4454581)
Come on, DA. There are far more worthwhile things to worry about. Like when Matt Harvey signs with the Yankees as soon as he hits free agency in 2019... #youknowitsgonnahappen
   11. Gonfalon B. Posted: May 29, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4454624)
Wilpon's just sucking up to Mariano Rivera now so he can hit him up for a loan later.
   12. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4454851)
[11] Primey!
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4454994)
It was a genius move: Wear him out before the game so he's got nothing left by the time the ninth inning rolls around.

You never want to have your closer warm up twice!

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