Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Terry Collins is good friends with legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax, who is also good friends with Fred Wilpon.
According to team reporter Mike Puma, “An industry source indicated that firing Collins could create an uncomfortable situation for Wilpon, who is tight with Koufax from their days growing up together in Brooklyn.” (NY Post, June 10)
This seems like a stretch to me. Unless the industry source has the last name of Wilpon, this report should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s interesting to debate, but it shouldn’t interpreted as something that is definite to happen.
The sourcing and context isn’t going to matter, though. Puma’s line of text feeds right in to a long-running narrative that lots of fans buy in to and blame for the team’s failures.
I understand why some fans reach and buy into conspiracy theories to try and make sense of what has been a very, very difficult time to be a Mets fan. Back-to-back collapses and five-straight years under .500, plus the constant mixed messages, financial and medical news, the lack of wins and seeming aimlessness, all combine to put fans in a position to no longer know who or what to believe, and I’m often among them.
I’m fortunate enough to have front row seats to much of what goes on with this team. I know what I see, I know what I hear and I recognize that these two things don’t always match up. The Mets will not be happy about Puma’s report and I know they’re not happy with how suspicious fans are about their actions, but I hope they can understand where it comes from and why, which is this: We all want to have fun watching the Mets win.
That’s it. That’s the start and the end of it all. Get to that point, and most all of the fear, anger and paranoia will go away…