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Fred Wilpon Speaks His Mind

By Michael Rosenbloom

Principal owner of the New York Mets Fred Wilpon took it upon himself to give his opinion of some of the Mets top players in an article published by the New Yorker. As we all know, Wilpon got involved in the Ponzi-scheme of Bernie Madoff and is now being sued for over 1 billion dollars.

If you haven’t had the chance to read the full article yet, I highly suggest you do, as it’s a great read.

The article was mostly about Wilpon’s rise from rags-to-riches, but that didn’t stop him from telling author Jeffrey Toobin how he truly felt about Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran:

On Reyes: “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money [7 years, $142 million], he’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”

On Beltran: “We had some schmuck [referring to himself] in New York who paid him based on that one series. [referring to the 2004 postseason with the Astros] He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was.”

On Wright: “Really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”

When asked if the team could be cursed, he referred back to the infamous curveball thrown by Adam Wainwright to end the 2006 NLCS. According to Toobin, when asked, Wilpon got up, pantomimed Beltran not swinging and laughed.

He did have something nice to say about Ike Davis though: “Good hitter, shitty team. Good hitter. … We’re snakebitten, baby.”

As a lifelong Mets fan, it isn’t difficult to see where this self-loathing comes from. Right from the top.

It’s great that Wilpon felt it necessary to talk to Toobin about his story, something in my opinion we don’t hear enough from the owners in sports. However, I can’t help but look at this and go, “what??” Why would Wilpon think it’s a smart decision to bash the two faces of this franchise? Wright and Reyes are homegrown talent, as close to the New York Mets  as you can get. Even if you believe that, it is Wilpon’s job to keep the peace here, not start a fire.

I can only hope that this will motivate the three of them to kick some serious ass until they are traded or the season is over. It’s sad because the story will be all about those little blurbs, which takes away from an otherwise great article by Toobin.