Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
My number one responsibility as lead writer of MetsBlog is to listen, ask questions, listen more, and then write what I hear. I think people assume writing comes first, but they’re wrong.
Instead, I spend most of my time listening to the radio, to fans, on Twitter and Facebook. I read this and other site’s comment sections, talk with other bloggers, and listen to sources in baseball, with the team and around the city. I use those conversation to help guide my thinking and writing. It helps me reflect, with context and insight, on what is being talked about when it comes to the New York Mets.
That said, listening to the world surrounding the Mets, it seems all fans are skeptical about anything said by Mets management these days. We want to believe and mostly do, evident by this site’s Right-Track, Wrong-Track poll. It’s in our DNA to believe. Heck, it’s our motto. But, the typical Mets fan is so tired, disheartened and disoriented, we don’t know fact from fiction any more. Most mainstream reporting originates from team sources, be it on or off the record, so it’s all treated the same because fans don’t know who or what they can and cannot trust.
If you happen to work for or own the Mets, and you’re reading this, know that most fans are waiting for action, not words. We’ve been hearing about 2014 since the day Sandy Alderson was hired. The World Series — or even a postseason appearance — was not promised, but it has been signaled time and again that this winter — when significant money comes off the books — is when meaningful improvements will be made… and we’re waiting.
We don’t want to hear about it. We want to see it. Every fanbase hopes for better days, but Mets management has set expectations in public that it’s about to happen and now us fans expect it. This is the bed the team has made, and I hope they realize it…