Sandy Alderson Speaks and the Fans Sob
Sandy Alderson has joined the Twitterverse and so far he’s posted a few gems. A few days ago he posted this:
“Prepping for trip. Bought 4 like-new tires at chop shop across from Citi. He threw in free wiper fluid. Better than the Wheeler deal!”
Or this one:
“Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution.”
And finally this one:
“Wife was not happy with the gift card. Should’ve bought her a box of chocolates.”
Hey, why not have fun on Twitter like the rest of the Met fans out there. There’s really nothing else to do. The team is just about set; the Mets are the only last place team in the league with a few backup positions available.
Sandy says a lot of things these days but he chooses his words carefully because he knows if he says the wrong thing it will cost him ticket sales. Although if Sandy signed off on the current ticket packages he’s in for a rude awakening this season because fans are upset at the choices and the financial commitment the Mets want for what is likely to be a bad baseball team.
Alderson has the easiest job in sports. Soon he will be trolling the waiver wire to see if players’ weren’t tendered contracts and that’s who the Mets will add at the last minute to their already flimsy roster.
Three Mets players make up the bulk of their payroll:
Jason Bay, Johan Santana and David Wright. The Mets payroll will be at around $91 million, the biggest drop off in major league history. They will have shed $52 million or so, but the ticket prices remain high. The Mets say they have cut tickets from 5% to 30% yet the cheapest seat they have in their “Marquee Plan” is $36 a seat! Yes that includes opening day but that means the fan has to pony up $972 dollars per seat, after the additional 10% pack discount.
I hope they realize that a lot of people won’t pay those kinds of prices, fans are loyal, but finances to get in the way of that loyalty for sure.
Santana is the biggest issue because it would be a miracle if he were out there for the home opener so R.A. Dickey will likely get that start. Fans love that because he’s a nice guy who tries hard. You can’t boo him.
The bottom line is this. The Mets best stories will be down in the minors because every time a player is traded they claim that’s where all the young talented players are. The rest of the Mets roster is a mish-mosh of players who will play hard but fall short in talent on most nights.
Spring is coming. Diehards will always enjoy the baseball season. I will enjoy it but I think I will be enjoying it much the same way I enjoy a sarcastic comedy. Sandy’s hard work is done now all he has to do is hope the car doesn’t break down on the way to Florida, who knows if the Mets are paying for his AAA service any longer.