Readers — you, for example — seem to like it when I angrily or sarcastically respond to silly columns from elsewhere about the Internet. Whenever I survey people to determine what it is that keeps them (you) coming back to this site, several always mention that type of post. A couple have even compared them to the classic tear-downs from FireJoeMorgan.com — a massive compliment because that site was, in my opinion, the greatest sports blog to ever grace the world wide web.
So pretty frequently I get emails from outraged readers pointing me to similarly silly columns and asking me to write about them. I appreciate it.
Recently, you may have noticed, I have not written any such posts. You have also very likely noticed that there has been no shortage of Mets “analysis” practically begging to be lampooned.
At some point, I will become frustrated enough with some ill-considered and insubstantial column that I’ll be overwhelmed with snarky fury and go to town, for better or worse. Bad columns — or ones we deem bad — can be so thoroughly and obviously bad that they make for easy blog posts, and since I spend a good deal of time coming up with ways to fill space on this site and keep you distracted during your workdays, they are always tempting bait.
Until then, I urge you to consider this: No one forces you to read any of it. The truth is that it’s en vogue to rip the Mets and most coverage of the team is going to be awash with negativity until they start winning more games. And because a large majority of people seem to hate nuance and love talking points, the coverage will most likely reflect that, too.
It’ll never be, “Sandy Alderson should make calculated decisions to better the Mets’ future while considering the ways short-term losses would impact the team’s finances,” or anything along those lines. It’ll always be “FIRE SALE OH MY GOD THEY’RE HAVING A FIRE SALE EVACUATE ALL THE SCHOOLCHILDREN!”
Here’s the uplifting part of it all: Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, we can all watch every game, interpret the stats and monitor the transactions. Heck, we can all write about it too. The main thing distinguishing you and me from whatever sportswriter has pissed you off is the size of his platform (and maybe a couple of anonymous quotes confirming his opinions).
So yes, I have seen this article you sent me and I, too, disagree with many of the sentiments expressed therein and several of the foundations upon which they are based. And by all means keep sending them, because at some point, like I said, I’ll get angry or lazy enough to write something about one.
Until I get there, remember that the negativity is inevitable. A cursory look at the Mets reveals a losing team coming off two losing seasons with owners mired in a scandal-tinged financial mess. Much of sports media, it seems, is more focused on reflecting public opinion than shaping it.