Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/17/13

26 Oct 1998: Mike Piazza of the New York Mets shakes hands with Mets Owners Fred Wilpon (R) and Nelson Doubleday (L) during a Press Conference in New York City, New York. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport
Fred Wilpon spoke with Steven Marcus of Newsday on Monday and said he is confident in Sandy Alderson’s plan for the Mets. The Mets owner added that things will improve now that the big unproductive contracts are coming off the books. “We’re coming to the end of the time when we have had an overhang of players who got hurt or didn’t play well, and I think that Sandy Alderson and his staff have a plan.” “I know some people are impatient about it. But they do have a plan and they’re executing on their plan and I think things are in the right direction. It’s hard to say that when the team loses four, five in a row.” “I get it, I suffer with it. I think that we have to see that plan become successful because in today’s world it’s not how much money you spend — although we have invested a lot of money. Some of it has been wasted because right now we have a large payroll and 50 percent of the payroll is not playing.” Obviously that last part was a reference to Jason Bay and Johan Santan
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