LarryBrownSports – If there’s any team in baseball that fits the underdog description, it is without question a franchise playing in the country’s largest media market. Yup, the New York Mets are easily one of the biggest underdog franchises in sports. Well, at least that’s what out-of-touch COO Jeff Wilpon believes. Wilpon, already known as a feisty character, had t-shirts with the U logo from the cartoon Underdog sitting in each Mets player’s locker Monday. Manager Terry Collins is either kissing up to his boss, or he likes the idea. “I thought Jeff had a great idea. He made some T-shirts up — ‘Underdog’ stuff,” said Collins. “You know what? If it ticks you off, then we’re doing our job. You’ve got to know how you’re being felt out there.” Third baseman David Wright was less of a fan, but he understands the message. “I don’t really like using the whole underdog thing,” he said. “I don’t like really playing that card. I think it’s just a way to remind everybody in here that the outside expectations aren’t the expectations that we have for ourselves. And I think Terry did a good job of kind of conveying it today, because obviously the expectations from the outside are low, and understandably so. “But we in here kind of have to rally around that and get it going. I guess, at the end of the day, that is kind of an underdog theme. But we shouldn’t view ourselves as that. We’ll let everybody else view ourselves as that, because I think we kind of know what we’re capable of doing.”
I have a question. Does Jeff Wilpon think that this is the movie Major League? Does he think that a gimmick like this can actually turn a ball club into a winning team? This fucking horrendous shirt basically says they agree with the rest of the public that this team fucking sucks, and they’re just basically embracing that reputation and asking these players to do their best amidst this goddam shitshow situation. Like hey guys I know we got rid of our only 2 producers last year, and we didn’t upgrade in any way shape or form, but here are these clever t shirts that will help inspire you! Seriously I think Jeff Wilpon thinks he’s in a baseball movie and these t shirts are gonna rally the Mets to shock the world. Maybe he can get a big cardboard cut out of Anna Benson and every time they win a ballgame they take a piece of her dress off! Or maybe we can sign a 12 year old who can throw 120 miles per hour because his tendons healed too tight. As a matter of fact maybe we should just pray to God in Heaven to send down angels to help us win some games. Yup, I can just see it now. Jeff Wilpon on opening day sitting in the owners box flapping his wings like a goddam asshole.
Its pathetic. It really is. Even if you are an underdog, you let the outside public talk about that. In house the mentality should be “Fuck that, we’re better than everyone thinks we are. They think we’re an underdog because they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about. I’m better than that. We’re better than that.” Like David Wright and Terry Collins are saying. But they’ve got their owner jumping into the fashion game making underdog shirts saying “I know there’s no possible way we can expect to win with this team, but just perform a little bit better than people expect!” Disgusting. These shirts should honestly be enough for Selig to say the Wilpons are not competent or competitive owners and the team should be taken away.
Hey fellas, I got a t shirt that you should all wear for the 2012 season. I’ll send 25 free ones over the Citi if you want.
PS – Nice to see David Wright still has a competitive edge and hasn’t let my fucking LOSER franchise poison him yet. Actually its rather impressive. He is SO fucking out of town as soon as possible, its not even funny. And whether he’s traded or he leaves on his own he will be an absolutely wonderful addition to a winning ball club one day.