Needless to say, Mets fans would breathe a sigh of relief if Fred and Jeff were to ever sell their Brooklyn, er, Queens baby. But that's not why I'm here today.
Imagine Jeff and Fred changed. No, I'm not speaking about the impossible. Think about how different it would be if they acted like Charlie Monfort, Colorado Rockies' Owner.
Charlie bought into the Colorado franchise as a limited partner and in 1992 the Rockies became baseball’s newest team.
Fastforward 17 years...
Monfort has been criticized for the low payroll and unwillingness to get quality players compared with other MLB teams (sound familiar, Mets fans?) but he seems to have a non-corporate-like attitude which streams down from him and into the Rockies' front office.
For starters, Monfort was hoarse from screaming during a 2007 World Series game featuring the Rockies and Red Sox. I can't tell you for sure, but I don't believe Jeff Wilpon's arm was aching after Endy's catch in 2006.
Now, this is not to say that a "good" owner screams and is passionate for his team on a physical front (as this same idea runs true with the vibrant Tom Coughlin versus the mostly-calm Bill Belichick) but there is something to be said of an owner who seems to be having as much fun watching a game as the casual every-day fan.
The Wilpons thoughts on leadership is also something that must be put on the table.
Monfort told the Sporting News last week, "The hardest thing about being a leader is surrounding yourself with other leaders that believe in the same goals, values, methods, and beliefs that you believe in. Then being a leader is the easiest thing to be."
Have the Wilpons done so? Have they surrounded themselves with "leaders?"
For one, Omar Minaya acted very unleader-like, when, after firing Tony Bernazard in middle of the summer, he pointed a finger at Daily News Reporter Adam Rubin. Instead of focusing on the horrors Bernazard inflicted upon Mets farmhands and team employees, Minaya tried to redirect the story from Bernazard's reprehensible actions - which were validated or the Mets wouldn't have fired Bernazard - to Rubin.
David Howard, Mets EVP of Business Operations, was on WFAN with Mike Francesa and started saying, "How the Mets fan does better in life," before Francesa shut him down leaving Howard with only a 1/2 shoe in his mouth. As chronicled here, Howard seems to be the sly, cunning and corpy guy your mother always told you to stay away from. As a certain Mets fan titled a blog post on Howard, "Pissing In Our Mouths And Telling Us It's Rheingold." Well said. No real leader there.
Monfort told the magazine, "My one unbreakable rule is honesty. There is no compromise in this rule. The people who you work with, yourself and the people you deal with must have honesty."
I might not be a Rockies' fan but I sure as heck will be rooting for their owner.
I wish you well, Wilpons.