The David Stearns introductory press conference will take place at noon today. New York Mets fans are already planning their lunch breaks around it to get a first look at the first President of Baseball Operations in club history.
How will things go? New York sports fans have been treated to a variety of introductions. Will it be cheesy like when the New York Yankees introduced Gerrit Cole? Will it be weird like the time when former New York Jets coach Adam Gase was looking all over the place?
We want some sense of normalcy and I do expect Stearns to be a guy who brings it. Aside from being genuine, human, and intelligent, there are a few things that we should look for from Stearns.
1) We want David Stearns to remind us how true NY Mets he really is
The Mets hiring Stearns was no accident. He worked for the Mets previously but the promise some saw in him wasn’t recognized by others. The Harvard graduate would circulate his way around several organizations before finally the Milwaukee Brewers saw a gem and elevate him through their organization.
But it’s the Mets, Stearns’ hometown club, where he always belonged.
We need a reminder of this. All of them. And don’t go the Cole route with some sort of childhood relic. Know the history of the club. Get a little personal but remain in control. The press conference doesn’t need to be all about the love of Mike Piazza or whoever it was he enjoyed most as a kid.
Keep it simple. Mr. Met doesn’t need to step onto the stage and then remove his head to reveal Stearns is inside. Let’s class things up.