First the Brooklyn Cyclones gave us “Fictitious Fridays“, a night to honor Manti Te’o that featured Sidd Finch, a Beatles reunion concert, a unicorn petting zoo, catfish prizes, free admissions for your invisible significant other, and the potential to see Nessie throw out the first pitch. It was strange to see a post like this on a team’s official website as opposed to a blog, however, it was still funny enough to warrant a laugh or two.
At last night’s BWAA dinner Sandy Alderson upped the ante by delivering this message to Mets fans:
“There’s been a lot of talk about our outfield. And I want you to know that I’m in serious discussions with several outfielders I met on the internet. “There’s one I really like. He says he played at Stanford.”
It is necessary to remember the setting this quote took place and understand he was just trying to keep the room light at an entertainment dinner. I think we can all recall how rowdy even the presidential candidates got at dinner. Alderson’s humor, that is generally aimed at the misfortunes of the Mets, seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way. I on the other hand love the fact the GM publicly acknowledges a lot of the issues fans have and tries to kill them with humor. Not to mention his jokes are at least moderately funny. Even though Alderson meant this as a joke it would not surprise me if this was his way of telling the fans do not expect me to sign an outfielder any time soon. At this point the only outfielder I even see the Mets considering is Scott Hairston, and only if he comes back at a huge bargain. Using the Te’o incident to touch on the outfield situation might not have been the best way to go about it, and I think we all need to cut Te’o some slack until we know all the facts, but that story is just too crazy not to laugh at a quote like this.