Pretty interesting stuff here from the New York Daily News, who have an excerpt from Steve Kettmann’s new book on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson entitled, “Sandy Alderson: Baseball Maverick, How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets.”
This book will go into Alderson’s time with the A’s and you can certainly argue that the Mets haven’t been “revived” quite yet, but this particular excerpt focused on a game from June 14 last season. While Alderson is measured in most of his public appearances and even jokes about his team’s shortcomings at times, he has some strong reactions to his team’s performance. He’s particularly critical of Chris Young (now with the Yankees) and Gonzalez Germen (now with the Cubs). Here’s part of the tidbit on Germen:
“Why does he think it’s called a changeup?” Alderson groused, getting up to go walk around in the rear portion of the suite and watch on TV.
Warthen came out for a mound conference. Alderson was sure he was out there to remind Germen to establish a fastball. Warthen headed back to the dugout, and Germen peered in for the sign and made his first pitch to Alexi Amarista. It was a changeup.
“Throw a goddamned fastball!” came ringing out from the deep recesses of the suite.
It hardly mattered that Amarista flied out to left or that Germen got out of the inning without further damage. Alderson steamed through the remainder of the game. It was agony, one of the worst days of the year for him. I asked him once what the hardest part of being general manager was, and he did not have to search his thoughts to offer an answer: “The hardest part is living with losses,” he told me. “You live with them on a day-to-day basis during the season and you have to live with them in the offseason. Nobody in baseball goes home happy at the end of the season except if you won the World Series. I know that from personal experience.”
Given the public perception of Alderson, especially among certain disenfranchised Mets fans, it’s almost refreshing to see him from this perspective. Be sure to read the entire excerpt. Really interesting stuff. The book is already available online in various places, if you’re so inclined.