An Open Letter to Mets fans (sort of)

A dear friend of mine (and Met fan) sent me this message from Mets management regarding the firing of Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya:

Dear Mets Fans:

Thank you for your support during another extremely disappointing season. Like you, all of us at the Mets had high expectations for 2010 and we did not come close to meeting them. Since reaching the National League Championship Series in 2006, we have underperformed. The failure is unacceptable and we share your anguish.

As Ownership, we are ultimately responsible and have determined that changes are necessary to produce a winning team for the long term. Earlier this morning, we relieved Omar Minaya of his duties as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager, and advised Jerry Manuel that we are declining to exercise the club’s option on his contract as Manager for 2011. We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the Organization and thank them for their time and effort. Changes like these are never easy, especially when dealing with people you like and respect. We feel a fresh perspective in the leadership of our baseball department will elevate the performance of our club. That person will work with Ownership to hire a new Manager and will be responsible for creating a winning culture. We have a lot of work to do to regain your confidence and support. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.

Now here’s what they really meant to say (according to my own twisted imagination of course!):

Dear Suckers, er, Mets fans,

Thank you for overspending your hard earned dollars during another crappy season. Like you, all of us at the Mets had high expectations for 2010 and we did not come close to meeting them, but we still made nice coin this year and you, well, you have to watch the Yankees play in October.  Again.  Since Beltran left his bat on his shoulder for called strike three in the National League Championship Series in 2006, we have gagged it time and time again. The failure is unacceptable and we share your anguish. But we still made a mint off your suckers so we’ll have another happy Christmas celebration at the Wilpon house!

As Ownership, we are ultimately responsible and have determined that changes are necessary to produce a winning team for the long term.  We reap the rewards and punish those who were only following our blind, misguided directives.  We can’t fire ourselves now, can’t we?  Do you honestly think that we’re going to do the right thing and actually sell this team?  Let’s be real here!  So, earlier this morning, we sacrificed Omar Minaya and put Jerry Manuel out of his misery. We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the Organization and thank them for trying to make chicken salad out of, well, you know the rest. Changes like these are never easy, especially when dealing with people who were such easy targets for the fair weathered fans and the press.  This move is still cheaper than cutting Ollie Perez and Luis Castillo.  We still have to save some money here!  We’re only in Market #1!

We feel a fresh, preferably white, perspective in the leadership of our baseball department will elevate the performance of our club. That person will work with Ownership to hire a new Manager who will be happy to have ‘major league manager’ on his resume and will be responsible for creating a winning culture that won’t cost us too much.

We have a lot of work to do to regain your confidence and support. We have to give at least one reason to make you come to a ballpark that honors a team that left New York in the dust over 50 years.  Thank you for the opportunity to disappoint you yet again.

We hate you all,

The Coupons.

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Author of the book, 'Black Rock Volume 1', which is available now at Blurb.com and as an e-book on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com. Executive Director of the Black Rock Coalition New York Chapter. Photographer, music fan, Yankee fan, supporter of the arts!
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