Fred Wilpon: Candid Thoughts of Wright, Reyes, Beltran

In an article to the New Yorker — which was more focused on how Fred Wilpon built his Sterling Equities empire — Wilpon stated the following to the articles author, Jeffrey Toobin, while the two of them viewed a game against the Astros from the Wilpon’s box in Citi Field:

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. “Shitty 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.

I realize these comments have caused an uproar amongst Mets fans — just take a look at my twitter feed — as well as members of the media, and although I do not agree, especially that Reyes will not get Crawford money — he plays a premier position, is younger, and, in my opinion, better — upon reading this article, and these comments, I tweeted the following:
Just got done reading the article.... funny, I've been reading comments like that on my Twitter feed for the last 2 years...
@metszilla
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Most everything he said, to me, in reading the context of which these comments were made, sounds more like a ‘frustrated’ Mets fans making candid comments about a club who — at the time– was in the midst of losing 11 of their last 13 games. Also, to Wilpon’s defense, I think most fans thought the Mets were a “shitty” team at that point in the season. So while I didn’t take issue with Fred’s comments, my co-writers at MetsZilla share another view which will be posted throughout the day. Stay tuned.
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