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David Wright and his teammates celebrate an awesome Seinfeld reference.
The New York Mets made it official yesterday, saying goodbye to manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya. Under Minaya, the Mets had a .521 win pct and made one postseason appearance in six seasons - but they ranked in the top five in team payroll each year. Who knew that late season collapses were so expensive? Thanks to Minaya, now we all do.
But where do the
Mess Mets go from here? First things first, they need to forget about 2010. Forget about having a losing record for the second season in a row. Forget about finishing a disappointing 18 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East. Forget all about the countless embarrassing moments from 2010 - and focus on 2011. And try to be positive, even if the slightest bit of optimism feels misguided. In other words, if you consider yourself a Mets fan, try not to read this.
Ok, now that that's out of the way, it's time to get down to business. The Mets' GM position is open and it needs to be filled. It's likely that the Mets will consider everyone from Isiah Thomas (he seems to get offered a GM job in New York every few months) to Montgomery Burns (do you remember the team he put together for "Homer at the Bat"?). You never know, with Burns at the controls, maybe we'll see a softer Darryl Strawberry back in a Mets jersey. And who knows what you'll get with Thomas (Starbury in right field?)
As Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement, the team needs to hire "a new general manager with a fresh perspective who will transform this club into a winner that we want and our fans deserve." Who fits those requirements? Well, here's a suggestion: Jerry Seinfeld.
Fresh perspective? Absolutely. The man has made a billion dollars off of his fresh perspectives. Go ahead, just try saying "What is the deal with the stitches on Mr. Met's face..." in your best/worst Seinfeld voice and tell us we're not on to something here. Can Seinfeld also transform the club? Of course. We mentioned the billion dollars, right? Think a free agent can't be swayed by building him his own personal Porsche parking garage? Then think again. Plus, he's a diehard Mets fan himself. Isn't that right, Lady Gaga?