Yesterday the Mets continued with their purging of their past. The Mets disrespectfully and foolishly have assigned new bench coach Bob Geren Jose Reyes’ #7.
We all know how badly the Mets handled the Reyes situation. The Wilpon’s might not have had the money to sign Jose, but they didn’t even offer courtesy call or offer to re-sign the NL batting champion and All Star.
As David Lennon tweeted yesterday, that newly hired bench coach Bob Geren has been assigned Jose’s #7. I am not saying that #7 should be emblazoned on the outfield wall at Gil Hodges Memorial Park (GHMP), er Citi Field, but couldn’t this embarrassment of an organization have waited a year or two before reassigning #7?
For an ownership that is so enamored of the Brooklyn Dodgers, so much that in the Mets new park they have an entire rotunda paying homage to Jackie Robinson, who never played nor worked for the Mets. It took another year before any Mets history or memorabilia showed up at the stadium.
How is this related? Quite easily; this ownership has absolutely no sense of history for the organization they own. They don’t understand how important former and present players are to the fans and their sense of history. Whether it be Choo-Choo Coleman, Sammy Drake, Marv Throneberry, Hot Rod Kanehl, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Tug McGraw, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza, David Wright, and yes, Jose Reyes – this organization doesn’t get it.
It took years out fan out crying to return Banner Day to the Mets schedule. Why is it important? Because it is important to the fans. When fans are happy and participating, they are spending money. When they are spending money, the owners make profits.
Back to Jose, he was fans most favorite player, especially after an MVP type season last year. It’s bad enough the Mets weren’t able to/didn’t sign him, but to allow him to walk without so much as a phone call is reprehensible. To follow that up, after Jose signed with the Marlins, who indicated he was hurt because the Mets didn’t “show the love.” To that, Elvis callously retorted, “maybe I should have sent him a box of chocolate.” - Asinine comment.
Two months later, the Mets take the number of the fans favorite player, one who played with the team for 9 seasons, and always was the spark to the Mets engine, and assign it to a first year bench coach. Would it have hurt this brain damaged ownership to wait a year or two before re-assigning #7?
Now I’m sure the Wilpon’s and Elvis will say uniform numbers are assigned by the equipment manager or some other clubhouse personnel, but as Fred Wilpon said years ago, he is the owner, and the buck stops here.
This is a terrible job by the Mets organization. Sad part is, they won’t learn from this screw-up either.
Picture Courtesy David Lennon Twitter