Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/14/13

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
Yesterday, I was at the hospital all day getting treated, when I heard and read about Fred Wilpon’s announcement to reporters at St. Lucie. I quickly posted a little bit of what he had to say from my phone with the intention of expanding on it the next day (today). I came home this morning to an inbox full of emails regarding what Fred had to say, with a few them asking me for my take on the news. One question seemed to resonate the most. So let me address some of that here in this post. I can sum up the main concern with many of my readers like this: If what Fred said is true, where is the spending? Where is the proof? The short answer is, ask Sandy? Sandy Alderson has already said on at least two occasions officially this Winter, that his payroll budget was higher than last year and that the reason for not spending was his and not Fred’s. Considering how often Sandy makes claims and assertions that often fail to pass muster in the two-plus years he’s been here, I can certainly und...
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