Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/27/12

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 met with reporters this morning and took questions for about 20 minutes without ducking or avoiding any of them. Adam Rubin has the entire transcript, but here’s a few things that caught my attention: You cut your payroll dramatically. How concerned should Mets fans be about the future and viability of you owning this franchise? “Well, they shouldn’t be concerned about us owning the franchise, because we intend to own the franchise for a very long time. Whether they’re happy about that right now or not, I don’t know. Don’t forget, we cut a lot of payroll that wasn’t producing. If you look at the payroll now, it’s fluid. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what Sandy is going to do. Many of the people that weren’t producing are not here now. Terry just said, yeah, we didn’t make many major moves that Sandy and Terry wanted to make, but we’re pretty satisfied with some of the people that were coming back from injury, and pretty satisfied with some of the pe
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