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The Mets front office is, apparently, “The Cabinet of Stupid”

May 8, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT

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I don’t care much for the Mets and it’s not altogether unpleasant, as a fan of another NL East team, to see them struggle. So it’s a pretty extreme set of circumstances to make me actually want to defend them. I feel inspired to that this morning, however.

The inspiration? Mike Vaccaro’s column about them in the Post today. In it he goes beyond merely detailing the Mets’ lousy road trip and decides to call the Mets’ front office “The Cabinet of Stupid” several times:

Here’s the thing, though: The Mets do have just enough starting pitching to keep themselves in a lot of games. They have just enough professionals who seem to relish the underdog challenge that this big-market overdog needlessly inflicts on them. And they were 15-11 at the start of May. Easy to root for, despite their flaws. Easier to feel good about.

Except the Cabinet of Stupid couldn’t leave that alone, so it famously dispatched the Loyalty Oath letter, and followed that up with another, and another, and still can’t believe why anybody thought it was a bad idea. Honestly, there’s no correlation between the Oath and the fact that the team has gone 1-6 since hitting the “send” button.

Unless you believe in karma.

Obviously anything the Mets front office has done or not done is open for criticism and, boy, there has been a lot to criticize over the past few years.  But focusing on the 2014 team and that loyalty letter thing seems pretty odd. Yes, the current Mets brain trust got them where they were the past few years, but the team is clearly better now than it has been, the moves they have made in the past year or so have all been pretty defensible and as I’ve said, that stuff about the loyalty letter thing seems comically overblown. It’s an OK team that is struggling but it’s not some comedy of errors like it’s being portrayed here. This all seems like autopilot LOL METS stuff, detached from reality and designed to play into the lazy preconceptions of a certain swath of Mets fans.

But mostly I’m irked by this because a guy who is paid to write — and who, in the past, has shown no small amount of wit — can’t do any better than “Cabinet of Stupid.” That’s, like, fifth grade insult material. You work for the Post for cryin’ out loud. The paper that gave us the all-time best headline ever with “Headless body in topless bar.” You can lodge all the overheated insults you want at the Mets because you have a job to do, but you HAVE to bring better game than that, man.

  1. brohancruyff - May 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I’m honestly not sure about this – is the general manager in charge of things like the PR team, or is the baseball operations side of the team wholly separate from stuff like that? Because if Sandy Alderson doesn’t have the power to fire Jay Horwitz, then I’m really not sure what the “loyalty oath” has to do with the fact that the offense has been poor over the first month of the season.

    But seriously, the Mets PR office is a disaster, and frankly should probably just be replaced. By whoever has the power to do so.

    • jfk69 - May 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Two words
      Carlos Beltran
      They would be better served if that snake charmer cum real estate investor sans stock manipulator Wilpon stepped down and put the Mr. Met mascot as the true head and face of the franchise. He makes me long for the dark days of Donald M Grant.
      The good news is the land grab next to Citi field is progressing. We can expect another Target and Home Depot to open soon. You now will have another shopping mall with the same five stores that opened a mile down the road less than two years

  2. sdelmonte - May 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I just ignore such things. When you’re a Mets fan, you learn to do that.

    And that letter? I’m just ignoring that too. It’s pretty silly but a lot of marketing is. (I see what the marketing department at my office does. It isn’t a lot better sometimes.)

    That famous headline, BTW? It was written by VA Musetto, who was one of the few people with brains at the Post in his long career as a film editor and critic. Unlike most at the Post, he’s regarded as an NYC newspaper legend.

  3. trbmb - May 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I regularly fall asleep in the middle of Mike Vaccaro articles. Seriously.

  4. Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I have to defend Mike Vaccaro here, Criag. If he seems to be writing to a fifth grade level audience, it only proves that he has accurately identified the average degree of maturity and sophistication of the readership of the newspaper for which he works.

  5. andreweac - May 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Another old, white journalist who hates anything new demands his team’s front office revert back to players who are gritty and have the will to win.

    I guarantee you Sandy Alderson is better than any columnist, etc. If there is an issue with the Mets it lies with their horrific ownership. The Wilpons are to the Mets as Snyder is to the Washington NFL team.

    • barrywhererufrom - May 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      what the heck does this have to do with Vaccaro’s race you twit?

  6. aheho - May 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I disagree.

    The best headline ever is this:

    • brohancruyff - May 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      This one’s my favorite.

    • Kevin S. - May 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Bonus points for the massive pump fake that must have given readers in an age before @BreakingNews

  7. jrob23 - May 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    dude’s a better writer than you and has an actual job writing unlike blogging on a website. So funny when a hack makes fun of a better hack.

    • fivetozeroingame7 - May 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Vaccaro is 100 times the writer you will ever be, Craig, and he doesn’t look like he got stuck in a bowling ball polishing machine

  8. scotttheskeptic - May 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    The Loyalty Oath thing is less smug than any Ruben Amaro, Jr. interview.

    – a Phillies fan

  9. drs76109 - May 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    You’d rather have Omar Minaya?

    • scotttheskeptic - May 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      That’s my only choice? Talk about a false equivalence.

    • conjecture101 - May 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I believe he drafted Harvey and Wright and signed Lagares. He also signed Carlos Beltran for alot and R.A. Dickey for nothing. These signings positioned his successor to capitalize on these signings by acquiring Syndergaard, d’Arnaud and Wheeler. The majority of the Mets most valuable players can be traced directly back to Minaya’s tenure. But to answer your question, no.

  10. jfk69 - May 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    The New York Post
    Yes that bastion of Journalistic Integrity.
    Is it me or in the last few years did I notice the writers seem to be auditioning for TV/CABLE GIGS.

  11. mrznyc - May 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Look at their advertising – It tells you eveything you have to know – They’re advertising a team mascot – Not a baseball team or a player, but a team mascot, and the worst team mascot at that. Selig forced the sale of the Dodgers because ownership were inept jerks – The Mets ownership are not only inept jerks but probably criminals to boot – What does Fred have on Selig?

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