I'LL TAKE A WINNER OVER THE WILPONSBy Don La Greca
Every day I open ESPNNewYork.com and what do I see? Another story about the Mets needing money! I'm sick of it already. The Wilpons' ownership of this team is killing me.
They might be great people. They might want to win. But the fact is they have no idea how to do that -- and now they don't have the money. Just sell the team already!
Stop with the 25 percent garbage. Who in God's name would want that? Reports are that anyone who'd buy a piece of the Mets would have to fork over even more money later on if and when the Wilpons are forced to sell their majority stake. Plus, for now they'll have no say.
I'm so tired of being talked down to, only told what Fred and Jeff want me to hear. I want to feel like I'm part of the process, not just some blind loyalist the Wilpons think of as a peasant who'll be there no matter what.
Please, Fred and Jeff, sell the team to a group that Bobby Valentine is involved with. Please!
Bobby is a winner. He doesn't want to be involved in losing and knows enough about baseball to make it work. He'll relate to the fans much better than the Wilpons ever could.
That's what I want. A baseball guy, who knows baseball, cares about the fans and can handle the work of turning the franchise around.
Believe me, I would much rather have him as the manager of this team. But hey, I'm a Mets fan. I'll take what I can get.
Please, Bobby! Save my team!
PROVEN IN THE CLUBHOUSE, A QUESTION MARK IN THE BOARDROOMBy Matt Meyers
Bobby Valentine is a brilliant baseball mind who is arguably the best in-game manager in Mets history. Any team would be lucky to have him as its skipper.
As an owner? Color me skeptical.
No one thought things could get any worse for the Mets after their late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008, but somehow, thanks to the ongoing Madoff mess, they have. Let's face it, the Mets are a laughingstock in the eyes of most fans, and if there is an ownership change, the club needs a business person with some credibility who can alter its public perception. Bobby V's Groucho Marx gag played well in the dugout, but it won't hold up in the boardroom.
If Valentine one day ends up as the face of a Mets ownership group, it would only solidify the team's unflattering image. In order to regain the faith and trust of the fan base, the Mets need someone with a long history of business acumen, someone who will have an eye for the bottom line but also a strong desire to win. You can already sense the New York tabloids licking their chops at the prospect of mocking a team owned by one of the game's most colorful characters. At their best, the Mets have always had a little edge to them, like they did in 1986 and when Bobby V was manager, but the current club doesn't need any more zaniness. It needs some gravitas, and it needs it at the top.
Fans can speculate all they want about high-profile billionaires like Donald Trump and Mark Cuban, but they probably don't even know the name of the best person for the job. And if that person wants to hire Bobby V as manager one day, by all means.