New York Mets General Manager situation is a Game of Thrones
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets general manager situation has become a Game of Thrones with several men fighting for power.
Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson stepped down from his position as general manager of the New York Mets. Even though he’s not officially done, he has hinted that he will not return.
In doing so, he has set the course for what could become a battle for the job. Much like Game of Thrones, we could see some internal battles going on over who sits on the Iron Throne next.
If you’ve seen the hit HBO drama, you know what I’m talking about.
The series revolves around multiple characters fighting for their claim to the throne. As you can imagine, those who have differing opinions don’t get along too well.
The Mets general manager situation won’t be nearly as bloody or violent. However, I can’t help but believe there will be a competition. Let’s just hope there aren’t any weddings planned in the next few months.
Rather than speculate as to who deserves the job most, I’d like to do something a bit more fun. I’m going to cast the Mets front office with Game of Thrones characters.
Clearly, Jeff and Fred Wilpon are the Lannisters. Jeff is the closest thing we have to Cersei with Fred playing the role of her father, Tywin.
This casting makes sense to me. Jeff’s comments about how all of the decisions will go through him is a reminder of Cersei’s early days on Game of Thrones before she officially took over as queen. She always held immense power. Nothing happened in Westeros without her knowledge.
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Now the real fun begins. The three-headed monster of John Ricco, J.P. Riccardi, and Omar Minaya need some Game of Thrones counterparts as well.
Considering Alderson falls into the Robert Baratheon role, I suppose this makes Ricco our Joffrey Baratheon. Ricco has long been thought of as the heir to Alderson. With any luck, he’s nothing like the detestable Joffrey.
It seems as if Ricco is the one with the most power right now. We don’t know what to expect although Alderson detractors are prepared for the worst.
Ricciardi’s Game of Thrones character would probably be Stannis Baratheon. He’s experienced enough and could probably handle the role as the Mets general manager.
Unfortunately, I don’t see him getting a fair shot. He can attack Casterly Rock with a thousand ships. In the end, I see him bowing out earlier than the other two.
This leaves us with Minaya as the final one to cast. Is he Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon? Or perhaps Minaya is Jon Snow whose focus isn’t on taking over the kingdom at all.
Well, considering Minaya once held the general manager position in New York, he’ll be our Daenerys Targaryen. The Targaryens sat on the Iron Throne before the revolt much like Minaya once held the job these men are fighting for.
Though his dark hair would suggest otherwise, Minaya is the closest thing in the front office to the Mother of Dragons. Based on the early public perception of these candidates, he is also the one fans seem to like the most much like Daenerys.
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As time goes one, we will see other potential general manager targets emerge. In the meantime, it’s these three men fighting for a seat on the Mets Iron Throne.