Being an owner of a Major League Baseball team is no doubt a time consuming job. Being the owner of the New York Mets in the middle of a financial crisis is no doubt even more time consuming. But Fred Wilpon isn’t sweating, or sweating it. He apparently has free time. Free time that he decided to use to take shots at a few of his current players in story for The New Yorker.
Let’s start with Wilpon’s thoughts on Jose Reyes:
In the game against the Astros, Jose Reyes, leading off for the Mets, singled sharply up the middle, then stole second. “He’s a racehorse,” Wilpon said. When Reyes started with the Mets, in 2003, just before his twentieth birthday, he was pegged as a future star. Injuries have limited him to a more pedestrian career, though he’s off to a good start this season. “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” Wilpon said, referring to the Red Sox’ signing of the former Tampa Bay player to a seven-year, $142-million contract. “He’s had everything wrong with him,” Wilpon said of Reyes. “He won’t get it.”
Ok. Now onto Carlos Beltran:
When Carlos Beltran came up, I mentioned his prodigious post-season with the Astros in 2004, when he hit eight home runs, just before he went to the Mets as a free agent. Wilpon laughed, not happily. “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” he said, referring to himself. In the course of playing out his seven-year, $119-million contract with the Mets, Beltran, too, has been hobbled by injuries. “He’s sixty-five to seventy per cent of what he was.” Beltran singled, loading the bases with one out.
And what about David Wright?
“He’s pressing,” Wilpon said. “A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
Wilpon doesn’t hate all of his players. In fact, he likes Ike Davis:
“Good hitter,” Wilpon said. “Shitty team—good hitter.”
Sh*tty team, indeed. And what does Wilpon think about his sh*tty team?
“We’re snakebitten, baby,”