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Sandy Alderson doesn’t understand why people pay attention to Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo

Mar 17, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

Sandy Alderson Citi Field

Bewildered Sandy Alderson is bewildered:

So the new GM conceded he is bewildered by the attention fans and the media have heaped on the second base and lefty specialist competitions – and the two least popular entrants.

“It’s a little odd,” Alderson said. “I think it does distract one from taking a look at the team as a whole and having a more balanced view of the team as a whole. It’s easy to focus in on a couple of negatives and kind of ride that into the ground.”

In his defense, Alderson used to be the GM for a team that didn’t exactly set the world afire in terms of rabid fan interest and, even in the rare years it did have big payrolls, it didn’t have any giant bust contracts to speak of.  The rest of us, however, are pretty well acquainted with just how frustrating it is when big free agent signings crater, and how it’s even worse when the team isn’t playing well overall.  We tend to talk about that stuff.

And really, Sandy, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. If it wasn’t for the Perez and Castillo contracts, there’s a decent chance you’re still working for Bud Selig in the Commissioner’s Office.

  1. lardin - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    He is setting the stage for them to be on the 25 man roster. If he doesnt realize why fans are paying attention, he will on April 1st the calls to the radio shows in NYC start and fans avoid Citi field like the plague

  2. yankeesfanlen - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Is he kidding? Just look across the river and find the expected reaction……..nothing. Do it the NY way: “Oh, Ollie and Castillo, you won’t see them around anymore”.

    • Matthew Flint - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      I’m no Yank fan, but you are exactly right. The competition for the Mets comes from the NL East, but also in their own city. He may have one of the hardest jobs in BB right now. Competing with two payroll powerhouses (Yanks and Phils) that overshadow your positives and put a neon green highlight on the negatives.

    • jwbiii - Mar 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      And we know this because Pavano and Igawa were released, right?

  3. henryd3rd - Mar 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    It is no coincidence that Alderson was came to work for the Mets as GM. He was sent by Bud to keep an eye on the shop and the Wilpons after they managed to hoodwink everyone in MLB into thinking that they were financial geniuses. MLB is on the hook for over 50 Million dollars to the Mets. That team has squander and mismanaged the euphoria associated with a brand new stadium, a lucrative TV deal and lastly alienated their loyal fan base.

    The Mets are bankrupt and MLB’s money has been keeping them afloat. And that Madoff trustee may have his eyes on the Mets as a way to compensates those folks who got taken in that giant Ponzi scheme.

    The Let’s Go Mets chant has a different meaning these days. Lets go and find a new owner to take this team in a new direction.

    My dad was a die-hard Met fan and if he were alive today he’d be heartsick about the condition of his favorite team.

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Mike Francesa of WFAN said the Mets CAN’T bring them North to start the season or he will kill them on AIR , what Mike say’s goes, ok, ask him and he will tell you.

    FROM BROOKLYN

  5. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    The Mets have a park their best hitters can’t hit in and their best pitchers can’t pitch i, oh boy!

  6. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    The best thing for a Met fan to do is to become a Yankee fan. Hey, they win!!

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