Blog Entry

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 10:39 pm
 
NEW YORK -- The first question to Terry Collins Thursday referenced "this mess that's going on."

A couple of questions later, someone asked the Mets manager if this was a good time for Jason Bay to make his season debut, because "things really couldn't go worse."

Then general manager Sandy Alderson described watching the Mets as "a nightly crucible."

Welcome to baseball's East Coast train wreck, the team the commissioner didn't take over this week.

I haven't been to Dodger Stadium recently, but it's hard to imagine that team and that organization are surrounded by anything close to the negativity that surrounds this one.

The fans are either depressed, angry or both. The manager shares his disappointment regularly, and accepts the negative premise of the questions thrown his way. The owners are trying to fight off the trustee in the Bernard Madoff case, and trying to hold onto the team.

And the players?

Well, when Bay asked Collins about the team's mood, given a 5-13 record that included 12 losses in the last 14 games, the manager told him, "It's exactly what you'd expect."

No, Terry, it's not. It's far worse, and while a game like Thursday's 9-1 win over the Astros brings out a few momentary smiles, it doesn't change the sad story here.

As New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman wrote on his blog Thursday , the Mets have the feel of a team playing out the string after being mathematically eliminated.

"It looks like the wheels are coming off," said one veteran baseball man familiar with the Mets.

"It's not pretty," said another. "And if Collins is already complaining? Oh boy. It's going to be a long year."

Already, it feels like the only drama in Queens will be how fast Alderson starts trading away any veteran of value (Jose Reyes, anyone? Carlos Beltran? David Wright?), and whether the ownership group's financial difficulties get bad enough to force the commissioner's office to intervene.

It won't be like the Dodgers, simply because Mets owner Fred Wilpon isn't hated the way Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is. Even former Mets employees who have nothing good to say about Wilpon's son Jeff say nice things about Fred, and commissioner Bud Selig has long been close to the Mets owner.

That relationship is a big reason Alderson (who worked in the commissioner's office) is now running things at Citi Field.

Given the financial constraints (because of the Wilpon's Madoff problem), and given the lack of young talent (a rival scout agreed with Alderson's assessment that there's little help on the immediate horizon), it's a tough job. Given the negativity that pervades this place, it's near-impossible.

And the negativity comes from more than just a lousy start to this season, as Alderson admitted.

"I think there's a larger context," he said. "I'd be foolish not to recognize that. But we haven't played very well. To the extent that the negativity is focused on the way we've played the last 10 days to two weeks, it's well-earned."

But you wonder how things are going to get better. You wonder if the emotional Collins can present the steady face a manager needs at times when things are going wrong.

Early on, he had a team meeting. Later, he confronted Daniel Murphy about one of the Mets' many baserunning blunders.

He talked Thursday about lightening the mood, and had the Mets take the field Thursday night wearing undershirts that they wore in spring training (on the way to a 17-15 record that looks great by comparison).

But Collins also said he doesn't think the mood should be much better than it is, given the way his team has played.

"It should be a little somber," he said. "We've played bad, and everybody's got a piece of that. It shouldn't be a good clubhouse right now.

"They're not happy, and they shouldn't be happy."

Around the Mets, no one seems happy. Around the Mets, no one ever seems happy.

It's not this bad in L.A., is it?

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

You absolutely ought to have one particular through concerning applause with regards to units send a great deal purely, you normally. Astonishingly prime quality high-quality subject matter!



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

What's up, When i recently commenced hoping by your article ?C thank you for which experts claim favorable supply you with the good results.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

Various many thanks in relation to composing a number of this excellent content! On the lookout to choosing out about supplemental internet websites!



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:26 am
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

Hi there,The thought of our weblog is reasonably in shape to my advice, Pertaining to loads far more transaction around you this method Fact or.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:56 am
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

Howdy, Would it be doable to cooperate with it great write-up on my own webpage? Avoid as a stand alone believe it or not connection in the future another time for your business for every person. Permitt i am understand that that which you take to complete.


Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:30 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

Starblazer - M62557 is just a whiny Marlins fan who is so proud of his team that he doesn't even post it on his favorites. You provide an in-depth analysis at all times and although us Mets fans can agree and disagree with parts of what you write - at least it is not merely "hit and run" comments. I didn't think it was necessary for you break down his "comments" with responses - he's is just a blowhard who suffers from "NL East recongnition" envy. His team is NEVER talked about expect for the below statement and he wants so badly for his team to respected.


I guess I would be bitter too if my team rewarded my loyalty by buying then dismantling two seperate championship teams. Kind of hard to have an actual connection to players when they only last for a year or two with the organization


Thanks for the heads up. Thanks also for the kind words. I always like to respond with facts and supporting evidence.  I had some time to kill, so why not have a little fun? Wink



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

What were people expecting?  This is still basically the same team that was out there last year.  I'd let the kid play and see what we got.  Then hopefully we will have some players other teams may want and trade them at the trade deadline.  Hopefully people will over pay.  Beltran, Reyes, Bay.  I think I'd hold on to Wright.  Maybe get some prospects and start the rebuilding from then on.  We have no idea what Santana will be like and with his salary, tough to move but people are always looking for pitching so who knows.  Niece is the guy I am worried about.  He has really struggled.  Pelfrey (I never can remember how to spell this guys name) has also struggled and I offer him up if he does not come around.  He will have his greatest value at the deadline, if he has any.  In short we basically have to start over.  Let quit whining and get started.  Train wrecks can be cleaned up!



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Welcome to the East Coast train wreck

Starblazer - M62557 is just a whiny Marlins fan who is so proud of his team that he doesn't even post it on his favorites. You provide an in-depth analysis at all times and although us Mets fans can agree and disagree with parts of what you write - at least it is not merely "hit and run" comments. I didn't think it was necessary for you break down his "comments" with responses - he's is just a blowhard who suffers from "NL East recongnition" envy. His team is NEVER talked about expect for the below statement and he wants so badly for his team to respected.

I guess I would be bitter too if my team rewarded my loyalty by buying then dismantling two seperate championship teams. Kind of hard to have an actual connection to players when they only last for a year or two with the organization.



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com