Met fans take a bow, you did good, you made management do something that they were reluctant to do…part with money. You made enough noise to make both Cespedes feel the love and Met Management to feel the heat. Losing Daniel Murphy to the Washington Nationals didn’t bother me, I seen enough of Murphy for the past 7 seasons the good the bad the ugly and Neil Walker is a solid upgrade, but losing Cespedes to the same team in the division …that would have hurt 19 games this season and every season for the next 5 years …but today is a good today.
Every Met fan is feeling good real good today, but we all knew on Thursday and maybe early Friday that the real possibly existed that the charismatic outfielder was taking his talents to Washington D.C. to the Nationals. That just was too much too bear for every Met fan. Met fans pounded the radio station in New York WFAN with calls hoping somehow someway Met management was listening to their pleas to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes. As you are ware by now the Mets stepped up and sealed the deal with a 3 year 75 million dollar contract with a one year opt out clause.
Let’s face it Cespedes turned down more money from the Nationals because he wanted to be here and if it weren’t for that and the fact that the Met fan base made their presence felt through Twitter, WFAN and anywhere else they could be heard Yoenis Cespedes would be a National today and not a Met. Which leads me to this point. I am happy he is a Met, but the Wilpons and Sandy Alderson really made this gut wrenching for sure, I got the feeling they didn’t want to commit the money and was looking for every excuse to let him walk away. They fail to realize just how passionate this fan base is about their team and the players. We are this close to winning a world championship the first since 1986 and you are going to let the most impact player since Mike Piazza walk away for a few million dollars and to of all places …Washington DC your division rival? Maybe now the Wilpons and Sandy Alderson finally were shamed into making a commitment to Cespedes for both the short -term with a chance of being here for a few more seasons after this one.
As you can tell I am not ready to let Met management off the hook just yet, They still make me feel uneasy that when it is time to step up that they will confidently step up, yet during this whole free agency process there was nothing that made me think they were willing to make this move happen, everything they did came across as we are moving on from him and we are not willing to commit the years or money to make this happen. If this fan base had not made noise or if this was a fan base that didn’t care …you get the picture.
Will Cespedes opt out after this coming season? Maybe. Will the Mets step up again and try to keep him if he does? Only if we the fans keep the pressure on them to do so. Met fans it was you that made it happen. We will see how the opt out plays out after the season but right now you have to like this team and how it is put together with Cespedes as it’s star.