It is good the Mets and Johan Santana are not mad at each other or else we may think they were, you know, mad at each other. There was Sandy Alderson on Saturday telling us the organization wasn’t upset at Santana while explaining it was kind of expecting him to show up in shape to pitch — which the general manager pointedly noted the lefty didn’t. And there was Santana yesterday channeling his inner Allen Iverson, emphasizing the “training” in spring training several times as a way to say when the practice — practice — is done he will be ready for the season. Alderson was edgy, terse and a tad passive-aggressive in his media scrum. And Santana was petulant, annoyed and, yes, passive-aggressive, too, as he mainly revealed agitation by proclaiming why he would not be taking questions from reporters. All in all, this was another Amway moment for the Mets. There was nothing technically wrong with how either party behaved — like there is nothing technically wrong with partnering with a company that has been accused of being a pyramid scheme. It just looks terrible when this organization is trying to regain credibility that it is trustworthy and knows what it is doing. Here were the Mets claiming to have both monitored Santana this offseason — which Alderson said they did — and being shocked he did so little work he was not ready to pitch at the outset. Assistant GM John Ricco explained the Mets trust their veterans to know how to be ready for camp without micro-managing their offseasons.
Mets suffer another blow to credibility
New York Post | Mar 4