Rob DiMartino, reader of MetsBlog
The great thing about MetsBlog is it’s stubbornly optimistic view of the team and the direction the team is taking. To put it in perspective, I think of MetsBlog like the guy within a group of friends who keeps the rest of the group calm and having a good time while out at a bar. There are always times when someone in the group goes a little crazy and there needs to be that one person who steps in and diffuses a situation that may get out of hand. That being said, even that person needs to blow off some steam sometimes, and it usually comes when a situation becomes so frustrating that even the most laid back of people has to step up and do something about it.
Matt, I’ve seem posts from you recently where you showed that frustration with this team. I think you speak what a lot of us are feeling. In essence, you are the voice of us. We need you to keep that frustration at the top of the mind this year because there are a whole lot of us that wish we had the forum you had. Granted, you seem to be the right person for the job, with your ability to keep your cool when many others would blow their top. But this year, this one time, I think all of us as Mets fans need to hear about why the Mets need to make these moves instead of reasons why they shouldn’t.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Thanks, Rob. I have and will always write from my own point of view and for an audience of one. I’m just one Mets fan out of hundreds of thousands — millions? — and I do not speak for anyone but myself. If what I write connects with you, great. If it doesn’t, so be it. I’m not an expert. I don’t try to be. I’m most interested in having fun as a fan and writing about that process on this blog. That said, I am frustrated with feeling like this team is often wandering in the wilderness. I’m glad my feature writing reflects that. That is the goal. It will not change and will only grow if this situation doesn’t improve.
Sandy Alderson & Co. have long identified next season as the year they begin to make meaningful additions, reap the benefits from the farm system, start winning and compete for a playoff spot. So, here we are. It’s about to be the off-season they — and we — have been waiting for. In yesterday’s Right-Track, Wrong-Track Poll, 71 percent of roughly 4,000 Mets fans said they feel the organization is heading in the right direction, which is up from the last time I asked. I feel the same way, but this winter is my last stand. It’s time to start bringing in better players that will be consistently entertaining and successful. I think we’ve earned it. Trial and error can no longer be their on-field strategy.
To be honest, if nothing happens this winter, if it’s nothing but more minor league deals and addition by subtraction, I have no idea what I’m going to write next Spring. I don’t know if I can do another Spring Training convincing myself that Brad Eamus and Collin Cowgill matter. I’m an unbelievably patient person, Rob, but even my patience can run out…