• Chris Christie Wants To Be Mets G.M.

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2014 · Comments (10)

    Via USA Today

    Many believe New Jersey governor Chris Christie is eying a 2016 presidential campaign, but the lifelong Mets fan admitted Friday that he has another dream job in mind.

    “I would love to be general manager of the Mets,” he told WFAN radio’s Boomer and Carton show. “If Sandy (Alderson) would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I’d be happy to go there now.”

    The gig is tougher than it seems. Since Alderson took over, the club’s payroll has steadily shrunk amid questions about ownership’s financial stability. The Mets haven’t had a winning season since 2008, and their struggles have made them a constant punchline around baseball. But then, anyone from New Jersey knows a thing or two about being the butt of jokes.

    The team is 21-25 on the season after losing six of their last eight games. Christie seems to take the losses pretty hard.

    “I texted my son after they lost one of the games this week: It is impossible to watch,” he said. “It is impossible to watch. Just when you care about them as much as I do, it’s hard to watch sometimes.”

    If Sandy would put his crap in boxes and get out of there…I would hope that Brian Cashman would take his place.

    Comments on Chris Christie Wants To Be Mets G.M.

    1. redbug
      May 23rd, 2014 | 5:37 pm

      Let the Mets have him. I find him impossible to watch.

    2. LMJ229
      May 23rd, 2014 | 10:50 pm

      Hey if it means him giving up his Governorship I’m all for it. Knowing Christie, I’m sure he thinks he could make the Mets better just by demanding it.

    3. Mr. October
      May 24th, 2014 | 11:24 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      …I would hope that Brian Cashman would take [Sandy Alderson's] place [as G.M. of the Mets].

      “[George Steinbrenner’s] classic line to [Cashman was], ‘They’re pulling your pants down! Just pulling your pants down! You’re too young to be G.M.!’ [In October, 2003], the Yankees dropped the first game in the playoffs… [during] the second game… Steinbrenner erupted [at Cashman] in front of other executives… ‘You’re horseshit, and you’re overpaid!’ he yelled. ‘No one will take your contract off my hands. Maybe the Mets will take you. You have permission to talk to the Mets!‘”

    4. LMJ229
      May 24th, 2014 | 3:18 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      “[George Steinbrenner’s] classic line to [Cashman was], ‘They’re pulling your pants down! Just pulling your pants down! You’re too young to be G.M.!’ [In October, 2003], the Yankees dropped the first game in the playoffs… [during] the second game… Steinbrenner erupted [at Cashman] in front of other executives… ‘You’re horseshit, and you’re overpaid!’ he yelled. ‘No one will take your contract off my hands. Maybe the Mets will take you. You have permission to talk to the Mets!‘”

      And yet George was the one who hired him …
      I’ve read that same article you quoted. For all his bluster, George was full of crap – he didn’t want to lose Cashman – he hired Cashman to be his lap dog. He just liked to slap him around once in awhile.
      Which just goes to show that Cashman should never have been made GM in the first place – he was woefully unqualified. How he remains GM to this day thoroughly astounds me.

    5. Mr. October
      May 24th, 2014 | 8:01 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      And yet George was the one who hired him …
      I’ve read that same article you quoted. For all his bluster, George was full of crap – he didn’t want to lose Cashman – he hired Cashman to be his lap dog.

      George Steinbrenner’s relationship with Cashman’s father went back decades, and was very substantial from a business standpoint. Cashman had no significant plans after college, and was given a full-time job with the Yankees at his father’s request; by the time Cashman was only 24, he was an Asst. G.M. under Michael (Randolph held the same title at age 39), and by the time he was only 29-30, he was the second-youngest G.M. in MLB history – at a time in which one of the best teams of the 20th Century had already been built – the 1998 Yankees – or a foundation strong enough to win four consecutive A.L. Pennants, and three world championships.

      If Cashman was “horseshit” and “too young to be G.M.” in October, 2003, then what was he in February, 1998? Someone had to hold the title of Senior Vice President and General Manager after Watson’s departure – why not one of the children of one of Mr. Steinbrenner’s business associates who had worked under Michael?

      He continues to hold the title of G.M. today because Mr. Steinbrenner has passed, and there is not a mandate to win more than one (1) A.L. Pennant every ten (10) years, and he apparently has developed and maintained close personal relationships with members of the Steinbrenner family, especially Hal Steinbrenner. Unfortunately for fans of this franchise, he will not be going anywhere for some time – something fans of all other MLB franchises can be very thankful for…

    6. Evan3457
      May 25th, 2014 | 1:07 pm

      Mr. October wrote:
      “[George Steinbrenner’s] classic line to [Cashman was], ‘They’re pulling your pants down! Just pulling your pants down! You’re too young to be G.M.!’ [In October, 2003], the Yankees dropped the first game in the playoffs… [during] the second game…

      …and then the Yankees won the 2nd game against the Twins, and the next two. Unless this is referring to the ALCS. The Yanks lost the 1st game of that one, but won the 2nd game reasonably easily after falling behind 1-0. Same thing in the World Series, except that the Marlins won the series because Dave Wells couldn’t be honest with Torre and Stottlemyre about his back.

      Steinbrenner erupted [at Cashman] in front of other executives… ‘You’re horseshit, and you’re overpaid!’ he yelled. ‘No one will take your contract off my hands. Maybe the Mets will take you. You have permission to talk to the Mets!‘”

      Proving yet again how idiotic and childish George was when the Yankees were losing especially in the playoffs (punching out an elevator, anyone?), or to the Red Sox, or the Mets, or the Rays.

    7. Evan3457
      May 25th, 2014 | 1:17 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      (Randolph held the same title at age 39)

      Randolph was busy playing in the major leagues until age 37. Within two years of the end of his playing career, he was asst. GM. Two years, three fewer than Cashman. Imagine that.

      If Cashman was “horseshit” and “too young to be G.M.” in October, 2003, then what was he in February, 1998? Someone had to hold the title of Senior Vice President and General Manager after Watson’s departure – why not one of the children of one of Mr. Steinbrenner’s business associates who had worked under Michael?

      When Watson could no longer weather Steinbrenner’s storms, he recommended that the Boss hire his 30-year-old aide. Cashman spent an hour trying to talk Watson out of quitting, trying to remind him about the charmed ’96 title and the ’97 playoff appearance earned on his watch, but Watson wouldn’t hear it. Steinbrenner called Cashman and told him to meet him at the restaurant inside the Regency hotel.

      “You’ve got a lot to think about, buddy,” Watson told Cashman.

      At the restaurant, Steinbrenner’s presentation was simple. “I can go out and get someone who’s done this before, someone recycled,” the Boss told Cashman, “but I’ve been told by Bob and Gene Michael and a lot of other people that you’re ready to do this. What do you think?

      He continues to hold the title of G.M. today because Mr. Steinbrenner has passed, and there is not a mandate to win more than one (1) A.L. Pennant every ten (10) years

      As if the other 14 AL teams don’t have something to say about who wins the pennant.

      and he apparently has developed and maintained close personal relationships with members of the Steinbrenner family, especially Hal Steinbrenner.

      Well, that’s true.

      Unfortunately for fans of this franchise, he will not be going anywhere for some time – something fans of all other MLB franchises can be very thankful for…

      Everyone’s got an opinion.

    8. Mr. October
      May 25th, 2014 | 1:20 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      …and then the Yankees won the 2nd game against the Twins, and the next two.

      And lost the “title” to the Florida Marlins…

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Proving yet again how idiotic and childish George was…

      Idiotic and childish enough to be part of a group that purchased the American Shipbuilding Company and to become ichairman and chief executive officer of the company; one that, by 1972,had gross sales were more than $100 million annually – one year before he purchased the New York Yankees for only $10 million ( an organization worth billions in 2014), and approx. fours (4) years before he restored greatness to the franchise through some of the best treams of the 1950-2000 period with G.M. Gabe Paul and others…

      @ Evan3457:
      How are Andrew “Freeman,” and his third baseman, Evan “Longoraia” doing?

    9. Evan3457
      May 25th, 2014 | 1:41 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      And lost the “title” to the Florida Marlins…

      Which I mentioned. Thanks for reading.

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Proving yet again how idiotic and childish George was…
      Idiotic and childish enough to be part of a group that purchased the American Shipbuilding Company and to become ichairman and chief executive officer of the company; one that, by 1972,had gross sales were more than $100 million annually – one year before he purchased the New York Yankees for only $10 million ( an organization worth billions in 2014), and approx. fours (4) years before he restored greatness to the franchise through some of the best treams of the 1950-2000 period with G.M. Gabe Paul and others…
      @ Evan3457:
      How are Andrew “Freeman,” and his third baseman, Evan “Longoraia” doing?

      Re: American Shipbuilding…and 20 years later, the company went bankrupt.

      Re: His tenure with the Yanks…and also some of the worst seasons in franchise history. In addition, as you believe that payroll is determining who wins championships, George gets no credit for the 1977-1978 titles, as they required the free agents Gullett, Hunter and especially Jackson. In addition, George’s childish hectoring drove away Paul, setting the tone for the decade of disappointment that followed.
      And some of the worst teams in the franchises history.

      Re: Freidman and Longoria…about as well not putting a comma after 1972, putting an unnecessary space after a left parenthesis, and creating a new corporate officer called “ichairman”.

    10. Mr. October
      May 25th, 2014 | 4:08 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Well, that’s true.

      John Cashman, Jr., The Swordsman’s father, was not only a close personal friend and business partner of New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, he also had very substantial relationships with other executives in the organization and MLB, and with important people indirectly affiliated with the franchise such as former players from the 1950s and 60s. So it should come as no surprise that people such as Gene Michael or Whitey Ford provided a vote of confidence for the 30-year old son of their friend, when asked if Cashman could handle a portion of the responsibilities of G.M. for the New York Yankees…

      George Steinbrenner, the man who himself promoted Cashman to the position of G.M. at the age of 30 , said Cashman was “too young to be G.M.” SIX YEARS LATER in 2003 when Brian “Call Me ‘Steve’ When We’re in Public, Louise” Cashman was 36…

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