Fred Wilpon was in San Francisco yesterday for a pregame ceremony before the World Series that honored World War II veterans.
In regards to his team’s off-season plans, Wilpon simply said he was comfortable letting Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and others those decisions.
“I like both of them a lot,” he added, according to the Wall Street Journal. “I think they’re working very hard, and I think they have a good plan, and they now have to execute that plan. And they will.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Wilpon is understandably judged by Mets fans through wins, losses, baseball headlines and pennants … as he should be. But, it’s very much worth noting the passion he has for the men and women who serve this country. His work creating Welcome Back Veterans is a beautiful thing. In talking to him about this, it’s clear he doesn’t think it’s about him, and instead he always wants the conversation to be on the needs of the people who served and the sacrifices they’ve made for us. However, his role in building this charity should not be overlooked. He also should get credit for spending time raising money and lobbying Congress to increase Federal support of the program, which addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families in all sorts of ways, from investing in research of PSTD to finding job opportunities when soldiers come home.
Again, he owns our favorite baseball team and should mostly be judged on that basis; and this is a blog about the team, which is why I don’t write about this often, if ever; but, it’s a slow news day, he was at the World Series as part of this program, and so it seemed like a good time to mention it…