Fred riffs on Wright, Beltran, Reyes

A feature released today in the New Yorker follows Fred Wilpon, focusing on the Mets owner’s recent struggles surrounding the Bernard Madoff lawsuit. But he also drops several critical lines to writer Jeffrey Toobin about three of the most popular Mets. Judge for yourself:

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In the game against the Astros, Jose Reyes, leading off for the Mets, singled sharply up the middle, then stole second. “He’s a racehorse,” Wilpon said. When Reyes started with the Mets, in 2003, just before his twentieth birthday, he was pegged as a future star. Injuries have limited him to a more pedestrian career, though he’s off to a good start this season. “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” Wilpon said, referring to the Red Sox’ signing of the former Tampa Bay player to a seven-year, $142-million contract. “He’s had everything wrong with him,” Wilpon said of Reyes. “He won’t get it.”

After the catcher, Josh Thole, struck out, David Wright came to the plate. Wright, the team’s marquee attraction, has started the season dreadfully at the plate. “He’s pressing,” Wilpon said. “A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”

Wright walked.

When Carlos Beltran came up, I mentioned his prodigious post-season with the Astros in 2004, when he hit eight home runs, just before he went to the Mets as a free agent. Wilpon laughed, not happily. “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” he said, referring to himself. In the course of playing out his seven-year, $119-million contract with the Mets, Beltran, too, has been hobbled by injuries. “He’s sixty-five to seventy per cent of what he was.” Beltran singled, loading the bases with one out.

Ike Davis, the sophomore first baseman and the one pleasant surprise for the Mets so far this season, was up next. “Good hitter,” Wilpon said. “[Bad] team—good hitter.” Davis struck out. Angel Pagan flied out to right, ending the Mets’ threat. “Lousy clubs—that’s what happens.” Wilpon sighed. The Astros put three runs on the board in the top of the second.

“We’re snakebitten, baby,” Wilpon said.

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2 Comments

It just goes to show that this owner has no idea what’s going on with this team by simply stating that Wright is not a superstar. Fred please for your own sake and dumb-witted stupidity please sell this team!!!!

David Wright has done everything the Mets have asked of him & more. He is by far the most popular Met. The Mets had Leiter, Franco & Zeile his 1st 2yrs. as their vocal team leaders. There has been a void since then that Wright has been forced to fill. He’s obviously not comfortable in this role. Fred, the self proclaimed schmuck, signed Beltran & Bay, traded for Piazza(years earlier), Delgado & Santana. You can call them superstars, good or great ballplayers but not vocal team leaders. They all lead by example, hard work & dedication. Wilpon has not figured this out yet & obviously never will. Until they get a couple of vocal team leaders, in my opinion David Wright will never reach his full potential. Wilpon should blame himself if he doesn’t feel Wright is not a superstar. Every Met fan feels he is.
Fred Wilpon’s legacy will be he was the only person to outwit, outsmart & outplay Bernie Madoff. Period. Do us a favor & sell the Mets, you are obviously setting us up to dump salary this summer. Then, join the next Survivor series, you’ll pick up an easy million!!

TMS

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