I've been going back and fourth about what I wanted to write on this gut punching moment in our team's history so here goes.
There is no doubt that Reyes was loved by many of the blue and orange faithful, the explosion of the community is a pretty damm good indicator of that. Does it hurt? Yes it does, some of our older fans put this on par with the Seaver trade or when Strawberry went west in 1999. However we must look at this rationally and long term. While Reyes has a huge skill set which is hard to replace (Troy Tulowitzk is the closest in this respect) durability is not a word you would use to describe him. Even if the team was able to pay his price, one season ending or possibly career ending injury would turn that investment into a flush really quick. Then we would have all this money wrapped into a single player who isn't playing, which the exact same problem that got the organization into this mess in the first place. I certainly did not want a repeat with this.
As I read the faux outrage by the morons in the mainstream media (ESPN, The Fat One, Post, Times, Daily News, etc) I have to wonder if any of them (or their legions of idiots who comment on their forums) if they know anything about economics or how to run a business. I wonder if they ever asked the question; "How do you spend money that you do not have?" The economic reality is that this team is hemorrhaging money and it's not in the position to make a high risk investment into Reyes like the Marlins did. Obviously this move puts Alderson's real motives into question as I've read on various Mets blogs. In which is he really looking to improve the team or is he just another Selig crony who only here to make sure Wilpon retains ownership of the team. In my view the jury is still out on Alderson, he scored big with the Beltran trade (screwing another team via a trade instead of the other way around is nice) and did ok with the K-Rod trade. The results of his first draft and future drafts obviously won't be know for years, if even a quarter of his drafts work out it would be a vast improvement when compared to previous GMs.
As for Wilpon we have to face facts that unless the lawsuit bankrupts him beyond belief he will remain owner as long as Bud Selig runs MLB. Obviously because the media is more interest in agenda than actual facts, the blatant double standard that Selig has for Wilpon versus other owners is largely ignored. Thankfully we only have one more year of the Selig error as it currently stands he doesn't plan on staying beyond 2012. After that we can hope that the new commissioner will set MLB right.
Suffering in sports is not new to me with being a Jets fan and now with the Devil's current performance. I can fully get that this move was the straw that broke the camels back for some fans who will support other teams. I don't blame them one bit, one can only suffer for so long. As the saying goes; "It gets worse before it gets better". Red Sox nation suffered for nearly 90 years before their faith was rewarded. Our time will come and I believe we have the front office that is taking the team in the right direction.