Not even the Mets recent play has gotten this ugly.
New York’s “other” baseball team has experienced a long list of controversies over the last four years. For the most part, Fred Wilpon has kept his mouth shut.
Wilpon blasts his underachieving team in the latest issue of The New Yorker. The Mets principal owner, who is still breathing — albeit fire — just fine at the ripe age of 74, says he commanded pitching coach Dan Warthen to implore an unnamed pitcher to “throw the f—g ball,” predicted that Jose Reyes won’t “get Carl Crawford money” because “he’s had everything wrong with him,” and called himself a “schmuck” for giving a seven-year, $119 million contract to Carlos Beltran before gauging the right fielder as “65 to 70 percent of what he was” in 2004 when he belted eight home runs and scored 21 runs in 12 postseason games for Houston.
Perhaps the most venom, though, was spewed at a guy who just played a month with a broken back. Wilpon described the face of the franchise, David Wright, as “a really good kid” but “not a superstar.” The five-time All-Star rose above the criticism, releasing a simple statement through is agent: “Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times. There is nothing more productive that I can say at this time.”
Wilpon still had plenty, assessing the team as “s—y” and “snake bitten.”
The Mets (22-24) will try to disprove their owner today against the Cubs after dropping two of three to the Yankees.
Wilpon burns bridges to future free-agent stars
WILPON (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
Only the Mets could make the Yankees look like a safe haven for aging veteran sluggers.
Brian Cashman’s treatment of a declining Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter looks angelic compared to Fred Wilpon’s slams on his supposed core players. It’s now clearly obvious Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes are goners either before the trade deadline or after the season. But to crucify Wright, a guy who even Jeter describes as a “player who everyone respects” won’t do the Mets any favors when they go digging for free agents, no matter how much money they have to spend. METRO