How Bad Are Wilpon's Words? We Give It A Try
CNBC Sports Business Reporter
What New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon said to The New Yorker wasn't that outrageous.
Ike Davis is a good hitter on a bad team, Jose Reyes has had a lot of issues and Carlos Beltran is likely overpaid by at least 30 percent.
But the problem isn't the content, it's the context.
You see, the Mets are already in a hole with their fans. They're a sub-500 team who leave a quarter of their ballpark empty for almost every game. And the fans don't feel like Wilpon makes them any better off, especially with the Madoff trustee's lawsuit hanging over his head.
The only thing he can do is try to provide hope. What he does he do? He deflates it. If a player said what Wilpon said, it wouldn't have the same type of impact. But Wilpon's the leader here.
To give you an idea of how bad Wilpon's quotes have come off, I took Wilpon's quotes and made up quotes from fictional executives about their own products.
Wilpon On Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran: "We had some schmuck (himself) in New York who paid him based on that one series. He's 65 to 70 percent of what he was."
Fictional Sprint exec on Nextel acquisition: We stupidly paid for that company based solely on the fact that we were scared when Cingular bought AT&T. That company isn't worth close to what we paid for it.
Wilpon On 24-year-old first basemen Ike Davis: "S***ty team — good hitter."
Fictional Barnes & Noble exec on the Nook: Bad company...good product
Wilpon On Mets third baseman David Wright: "A really good kid, a very good player. Not a superstar."
Fictional McDonald's Exec: Our fries our tasty, really tasty. But let's not kid ourselves, they do make you fat.
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