By Joyce Mandelkern
I haven't posted in a while because what could I possibly say that hasn't been said since last June? Every game, every loss, every problem seems the same to me at this point as it did last year. All I can say is that we are not a very good team. I don't expect us to come from behind when we are down and I don't expect us to hold a lead when we are lucky enough to have one. A big hit? I've heard of those, but have yet to see one this year. We make physical errors and mental mistakes over and over again. There is bad energy at the stadium, there is bad energy in the clubhouse and there is bad energy on the field. Not a pretty picture, is it?
I don't want to hear that because the rest of the NL East isn't running away with it we will be okay. That is exactly the problem. They always think they have time to right the ship. The Mets always look for a reason to explain why it will be just fine in the end. How did that work out for you last year guys? A team with this kind of talent and payroll should not be playing this way and making the same frustrating mental mistakes time and time again. In my opinion, they are poorly managed and ill-prepared. They play with no sense of urgency, no baseball IQ, and no sense of accountability or discipline at the plate or on the field. If these issues are addressed behind the scenes (and I hope they are), then these guys are really thickheaded and there is no hope of ever turning things around. Willie's decisions often leave me scratching my head and don't even get me started on why he doesn't have his players' backs with the umps.
So here is my take on it. The Wilpons gave a team that was ready to win to a manager that was not ready to manage. And therein the problem lies. I have never been a Willie supporter. From the beginning I have seen things that I didn't like and I think we are at the point where things are spiraling out of control on the field and in the clubhouse. I'm tired of hearing how we are going to get on a nice a little roll and into a nice little rhythm. At what point should it be decided that this isn't working? When another season is lost? When did this become not fun anymore? Remember when baseball was fun? I am quickly forgetting.