Note: WFAN Needs to Pay Closer Attention

In report today at ESPN.com, Buster Olney writes…

“An official with knowledge of discussions between the Twins’ front office and Johan Santana told 1050 ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that when Santana gave the list of teams he was willing to waive his no-trade clause for, the Mets were on top of his list…Santana communicated to the Twins that if he had the option of any team he could go to, the Mets would be his first choice.”

On December 8, in a post to MetsBlog.com titled Buzz: Santana Wants to Be On the Mets, I wrote…

…having talked with a variety of people over the last few days, from what i can gather, santana prefers to be on the Mets, where he can a) be in New York City, and b) get out of the hitter-dominant American League…the Twins are well aware of this, and are willing to accommodate his request, while also trying to maximize the level of talent they get in return…

…for what it’s worth, among the other outstanding insight he brought to the table, ESPN 1050’s Andrew Marchand had been suggesting this on air over the last few weeks as well…

…and so, here’s the thing…

…yesterday, despite what i wrote roughly six weeks ago, along with these ‘more credible sources,’ WFAN’s Mike and Maddog repeatedly insinuated that santana would never want to play for the Mets, adding that he must be disappointed to be going to Queens…they actually reiterated this yesterday, in the moments after the trade was complete…

…it’s one thing to ignore the truth, or not even bother to learn it, it’s another thing to be ignorant and flat-out disrespectful…

…the most absurd part is that, today, you can bet Mike Francesa will come on air and act as though he knew the Mets would get santana all along…bet the farm on it, folks…

For what it’s worth, during a broadcast in early November, the show’s co-host, Chris Russo, said…

“Yankee fans hate me saying it, and so does St. Louis, but, [Boston] is the best baseball town in America…

(However), it’s not the best baseball town in America when the Red Sox aren’t in the mix, St. Louis and the Yankees are. I mean, New York is.”

…well, if that doesn’t speak volumes about how his radio show views the Mets, i’m not sure what does…

…seriously, why does the biggest talk-radio show in New York City feature a San Francisco Giants fan and a Yankees fan…wfan, it’s not 1945it’s no wonder a majority of the city is loaded with anti-Mets talking points…of course, the Mets do not help themselves with the silly slogans and odd marketing choices, but if the team is as concerned with its identity as i know they are, they should seriously reconsider their relationship with WFAN when it expires after next season - or at least their relationship with the show’s drive-time hosts