City Sports Report

The Mets Lose Subway Series to the Yankees, Then Things Get Worse by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Part One of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets at Yankee Stadium began with a surprising victory by the Mets.  A good start from pitcher RA Dickey, who pitched six innings and gave up one run, combined with a dominant bullpen effort from relievers Mike O’Connor, Jason Isringhausen and Franciso Rodriguez, who combined to pitch three innings without allowing a base runner, while striking out five, led the Mets to the win.

The Mets took an early lead in game two of the series with two runs in the first inning and had starting pitcher AJ Burnett on the rocks.  He would eventually settle down, and the Yankee bats awakened, with Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira hitting two-run home runs, and Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez hitting solo shots, to lead the Yankees to a 7-3

With the Yankees entering the rubber game of the matchup with an 8-0 record against the Mets in rubber games at Yankee Stadium (9-3 overall) the team was confident.  The Mets, however, were able to take the early lead, scoring three times in the second inning to erase a 1-0 Yankees lead on a solo shot from Granderson.   Mike Pelfrey baffled the Yankees through six innings, allowing five hits and one run.  But in the seventh, the Yankees exploded for their biggest inning of the season, scoring a whopping eight runs, highlighted by two-run hits by Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, and Chris Dickerson that sent the numerous Mets fans in attendance heading for the exits.  Unfortunately for the New York Mets, things would get worse.

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon made comments about the team last month in an interview with New Yorker Magazine that surfaced Monday.  On Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Wilpon says “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money.  He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”  When he discussed centerfielder Carlos Beltran, Wilpon said “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series.  He’s sixty-five to seventy percent of what he was.”  On third baseman David Wright, Wilpon said ”Really good kid, a very good player. Not a superstar.”  Finally, on first baseman Ike Davis, Wilpon said “Good hitter, sh!tty team.”

While there are numerous fans of the New York Mets that may agree with the comments made by Fred Wilpon, under no circumstances should an owner of any team speak that way about players employed by the organization.  As the longest-tenured owner in Major League Baseball, Fred Wilpon should be well aware of this.  Other owners and general managers and fans alike immediately devalued the players on the Mets based on these comments.  If this is what the owner is saying about the players, we would be fools not to believe it.

It has been reported that Fred Wilpon flew to Chicago before the Mets played the Chicago Cubs and apologized to the team.  The team then lost to the Cubs 11-1, in one of their worst efforts of the season.  In a year where things are rock bottom for a team in the country’s largest market, the Mets show that there are ways to sink even lower.


  1. Raquel

    May 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Who would want to work for a boss like that? The man is a jerk. I don’t care what you say to your friends behind closed doors but don’t ever degrade your “staff” in public. Management Rule #1

    • Derrel "Jazz" Johnson

      May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Agree 100% Raquel. Absolutely foolish of him to say that about his team. But, they were able to find someone to purchase a minority stake in the team, so perhaps it doesn’t matter from that perspective. Still, the team is struggling and this isn’t exactly going to inspire fans to come out to see the team. Add that other teams will now devalue players, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

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