Seeing as how we’ve spent the past week discussing team ownership in one form or another (or yet another), it seems a propitious time to note that, as bad as we in Atlanta may think we have, we don’t have Fred Wilpon.
Fred Wilpon owns the Mets. In this week’s edition of The New Yorker, Wilpon trashes his team in a way that almost — almost, I said — makes you feel sorry for that unlovable club.
The Wilpon profile is written by Jeffrey Toobin,who identifies himself as a Mets’ fan, for which he almost — almost, I said — merits our sympathy. Toobin covers much ground in his profile of Wilpon, offering quotes from Bernie Madoff via prison e-mail and even a couple from Sandy Koufax, who played high school ball with Wilpon and who’s famous for not giving interviews. (FYI, Koufax invested with Madoff.) But the Wilpon rips of his Mets are the keepers, and I present them as a public service.
On Jose Reyes, the overrated shortstop: “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money [in free agency]. He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”
On David Wright, the overrated third baseman: “A really good kid. A good player. Not a superstar.”
On Carlos Beltran, the overrated outfielder: “We had some [fool, meaning Wilpon himself] in New York who paid him based on that one series [referring to Beltran's epic postseason of 2004]. He’s 65 to 70 per cent of what he was.”
On young first baseman Ike Davis and the Mets in general: “Good hitter. [Crummy] team — good hitter.”
The New York tabloids are already making hay over Wilpon’s remarks, which hit print — nice timing! — the morning after the Mets closed a losing Subway Series against the Yankees. So now I’m thinking: No matter what happens with the Thrashers, our own Atlanta Spirit isn’t apt to edge Wilpon for Dumbest Ownership Move of the Week. Hooray for us!
By Mark Bradley