The Mets are only 7 games into the season. That’s very, very early in baseball terms. But, to me and to many, they’re giving fans very little to hope for so far.
- We haven’t even made two full turns of the rotation, and the team is already talking about dropping John Maine from the starting five.
- The team’s “starting first baseman” is being outplayed by Fernando Tatis.
- The team’s most expensive reliever, Francisco Rodriguez, is yet to have a save opportunity.
- Many fans are already calling for Jerry Manuel’s head.
- Many fans are already calling for Omar Minaya’s head.
- The stadium, for home games, is drawing smaller crowds than last year when the team was already out of playoff contention.
We’re seven games in. There are 155 more games to play. But at this pace, it’s a miracle fans aren’t revolting, jumping ship and burning merchandise in the parking lot.
It’s early, but many have seen enough. But change for change’s sake isn’t going to cut it. The team, from the front office on down, needs to present some sort of plan for fixing everything that seems to be wrong with the organization. The fans see it, the media sees it, it’s time for the Mets to be up-front about their situation and spell it out for the angry mob that seems to be growing.
At this point in time, it seems the Mets are just floating along aimlessly, without a way to steer or even a planned direction to head in. I’d love to see Fred Wilpon cop to it all, say that the team is going for an overhaul and start fixing things internally, externally and whatever-ternally helps the Mets out.
It might be a blow to the pride of the Mets, but in the long run, the transparency will help the sanity of the fans - the ones who put the money into everyone’s pockets – the ones that matter.