Posted by Matthew Silva at 8:00 AM
We are not that far away.
While not as gripping as “Ya Gotta Believe”, this seems to be the slogan of the 2013 New York Mets. Both Sandy Alderson and David Wright made allusions to this preposterous idea recently and the sentiment leaves many more questions than answers.
How far is that far? What are we really far from, the division or a championship? Are we even moving?
Because it feels like we’re in park.
Alderson was quoted as saying, “We’re at the point where we can make significant improvement in a hurry. And we’ve been looking at ways that we can actually do that.”
But they don’t. And they probably won’t.
Michael Bourn could be a Met, but Alderson doesn’t want to give up a first round pick. Why? Not a single homegrown Mets prospect is even in the top 100 prospects list recently put out by ESPN.com writer, Keith Law. Shouldn’t that scare Mets fans? Sure, we have Zack Wheeler and Travis D’Arnaud, but the Mets didn’t make those moves. Think of it this way:
You can have Michael Bourn. He can give you 40 stolen bases, an effective bat in the lead-off spot and strong center field play. Or you can take what is behind door number two; a door that has produced more tigers than ladies.
Forget the failed casino proposal. There is plenty of gambling going on in Flushing as we speak. Citi Field is a casino where Alderson thinks every deuce is wild and his slot pulls will come up all 7’s. Andrew Brown, Marlon Byrd and Scott Atchison are all more jokers than they are aces. This is the hand we have been dealt to somehow fool the house and overcome the odds.
If we are truly still rebuilding, that’s all something we will have to deal with. We will fold our dreadful hand, call muck and wait for the next pot. But if you tell the fans that we could be competing and we could be improving… Well then why aren’t we?
Don’t sell us the present and buy for the future. Don’t assure us with uncertainties. Don’t tell us that this is the direction we are moving, but the other way works fine too. Pick a road and stick to it. Whether that road leads to riches or ruin is still an uncertainty, but until then, we’ll be asking a question that has plagued us since we were children.
Are we there yet?