In what best can be described as panic damage control, owner Fred Wilpon apologized to Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes in a conference call this afternoon. Wilpon also left a message to David Wright.
On SNY, there’s a feature on the 1969 team, as if that will prove a distraction from today’s mess.
Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field this afternoon the Mets held a “let’s band together’’ team meeting in the wake of Wilpon’s comments and news the team will lose $70 million this season. Beltran said he’s 100 percent and not the 65 to 70 percent Wilpon claimed.
Reyes said all the right things, such as the owner Wilpon can say what he wants, and “I’ll give the team everything I can. … I’ll continue to do my job and play my game.”
Reyes will not talk about his future. He’s not lobbying to stay here.
Nonetheless, the feeling is getting stronger Reyes will soon be dealt. Ditto for Beltran. Given that, why as the owner would he devalue his product?
Both Beltran and Reyes said they will keep playing their games, which is another way of saying they’ll just keep auditioning for the July trade deadline.
Meanwhile, Mike Pelfrey who should be worried about keeping his own house in order, said perhaps Wilpon should join the players next spring training in their dealing with the media meetings.
First pitch at Wrigley Field is little more than an hour away, but the game is far from anybody’s mind.