Carlos Beltran escorts his family to their seats, and before he takes the stage for his inaugural press conference, he taps his youngest child on the ass, and 4-year-old Evan Carlos begins to cry.
Brody Van Wagenen opened his opening remarks, noting that just 12 months earlier he had been introduced as GM, neglecting: "It's hard to believe it's only been a year since I've been in this room. Seems like it's been a dog year, seven years. ”
It was intended for laughter and instead created the image of daring working for Wilpons, intended or not.
Here's what Beltran needs to know from experience – you can think and script as much as you can, but when it comes to working for the Mets, sometimes the kid cries for the wrong mistakes at GM. After all, when he was introduced 1
But it was mostly the same old Mets during Beltran's rule. There was a high score in 2006 that ended with them and he froze in the NLCS Game 7 along the Adam Wainwright curve. Besides, there was no new Mets. Mostly there was a disorder and dysfunction that involved Beltran in a rather open, nasty fight with property over whether or not he needed knee surgery.
On the day Beltran was introduced as the 22nd manager of the Mets, all parties swore wounds and bad feelings were gone. This new day was upon us. But it's been heard a lot over the years here during introductory press conferences by the Jets and Knicks and the Mets, too. And while serial success does not enjoy one of those franchises, then I'll just wait for the child to cry or the GM to go wrong. There were many honeymoons. Followed by a terrible marriage.
Beltran was quite violent in the partnership last time. He offered the Yankees a last-minute discount, but that didn't work, so he signed with the Met for seven years worth $ 119 million. This time around, the dollar figures for his three-year deal are significantly lower. But his passion for being a Met is noticeably higher.
He refuses manager interviews with the Cubs and Padres and makes him a Mets or bust. His ties to the Yankees helped this time. All parties noted that his one-year job as a consultant to Brian Cashman in 2019 works as a baseball program for research, learning how a modern front office works and the manager's place in it. In the words of Jeff Wilpon, Beltran made it to his final Astro playing season in 2017, "when he was quite a coach while playing." did not serve a day as an actual coach. Wilpon and Van Wagenen stated that there was no moment of light bulb when Beltran became a clear front-runner, but that he was developing during a three-round process. Van Vagenen noted the "moving impetus" in the second round with how Beltran handles GM issues and Wilpon means to simulate what he will hear at the press conference and over 162 matches. Van Vagenen cites the conviction, consistency, willingness and greed that Beltran brought to his answers.
These attributes were accentuated by Van Wagen when, during his introductory remarks, he detailed five points that led to Beltran being Mickey Calloway's successor. When I mentioned afterwards to Van Vagenen that I thought these moments might have been him talking about himself, he admitted that it made sense because the relationship between GM and the manager is so vital.
And this should not be lost in this. Beltran was introduced on Monday, but Van Vagenen was the star. He talks 7 minutes and 45 seconds into those introductory notes that Guinness people may want to look at to see if it's a record. He clearly wanted to define this lengthy process in which the bullets remained disciplined without public comment. He never mentions Joe Girardi, but when he says he wants to be able to go to the manager's office to chat and "breathe" in relief rather than "breathe" in anxious anticipation, he explained why the most experienced manager of the interviews were not
Van Vagenen simply did not feel a connection with Girardi. He handled Beltran. And one of the connections he mentioned was that neither he nor his new supervisor needed jobs. Van Vagenen was a successful agent, Beltran had bet more than $ 221 million as a player. They are in these roles – with the dysfunctional Mets – because they want to be, because they see the challenges and the opportunities; Beltran is here, despite what he knows from his playing days, so he won't regret it if it goes horribly wrong.
Van Vagenen was nothing but brave, from taking a job at GM, from diving into the prospects of huge deals, from buying at the trade deadline and now hiring Beltran. But that didn't happen in seven dog years, just one real one. Like Noah Sidergaard pondering who he threw himself at, Calloway made a public rant with a reporter, Robinson Kano did not get into a dispute, Van Vagenen begged the remainder of NL East to "come and pick us up", Ioenis Czespedes for lasting mysterious injuries, 1965  ] Maybe Beltran's gravitas and mind and tranquility will make bullets a better route, perhaps he'll end up as a savant as a manager.
Forgive me, until proven otherwise, I will listen to the crying child.