Last week, in a talk with the New York Post’s baseball podcast, Sandy Alderson had the following to say about his commitment toward building for the future, despite always feeling pressure to win in New York:
“We go through the season day- to-day, hour-to-hour, inning-by-inning just like fans do. If your thought is what’s best for the club is the long term perspective, it doesn’t really make it much easier to live with what’s going on at the moment. So, yeah, there are always temptations to be less strategic, less patient… frustration builds up because most of us who are involved, you can only be involved in the game over a long period of time if you enjoy the emotional ride it provides.
It’s as tough on us as it is on any fan. The fact that we have this longer term perspective to help us through that doesn’t help as much as you would expect… It’s been a tough slog. But when we get there, it’s going to be very sweet. And I mean that for the fans. I personally get my biggest reward when knowing that the fans are happy and proud to be Mets supporters. We want to get to the point where that’s the case across the board. I think a lot of people have bought into what we do, but ultimately we have to get there. And when we do, there will be a lot of happy people and a lot of great times at Citi Field.”
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
He’s right, it isn’t easy on us. In fact, that’s an understatement.
But, I know it also isn’t easy on Alderson and his staff. I do believe they desperately want to win, because I know these guys to be highly competitive — not just in terms of winning and losing and rings and pennants — but they’re also really competitive in business and take great pride in their work.
Frankly, that goes for most all front office people I’ve had the privilege of meeting. They’re almost all amicable and professional, but also dead serious about their work and their standing in the baseball community. There are only so many jobs in baseball and these people have the honor of filling them, for now, so they don’t take it lightly and they don’t approach it with any other goal than to eventually be the best. As far as I can tell, every player is like this too, even the worst player in the league. It’s a fascinating psyche, actually…
To listen to Alderson’s full interview with the Post, click here.