Today should be a great day to listen to sports talk radio in New York after Mets owner Fred Wilpon bluntly criticized several of the team's core players in a New Yorker magazine article. Shortstop Jose Reyes, third baseman David Wright and outfielder Carlos Beltran all were targets of Wilpon's pointed remarks.
Here are summaries of Wilpon's remarks.
"He thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money. He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it."
"Really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar."
"We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series. He's sixty-five to seventy percent of what he was."
Wilpon apparently made these remarks while talking to New Yorker write Jeffrey Toobin while watching a game against the Houston Astros.
Toobin also has some responses from Bernard Madoff about Wilpon's knowledge of the Ponzi scheme that landed him in prison.
It seems like the New York started out to write about Wilpon, Madoff and the future of the Mets franchise. Wilpon seems to have offered these critiques unsolicited. Hard to know what to make of Wilpon going off on his own players like this. Stunning, actually, even if Wilpon's remarks are pretty much on target.
The 22-24 Mets have played better than expected to this point in the season. After this, though, you might have to think there could be a fire sale of Mets players at the trade deadline. In fact, it would be shocking if Beltran finishes the season with the team.
So much for the Mets having a quiet off day. Your thoughts, Mets fans?