WDHA’s 2-Minute Drill – Really? You Want the Mets To Trade Pete Alonso?
Jim Monaghan and Chris Swendeman, the Junior Executive Producer every Friday morning bring you the 2-Minute Drill here at 105.5 WDHA.
JIM MONAGHAN – Swendeman, the news broke a little earlier this week. Oh, my goodness…the Mets might trade Pete Alonso in the offseason and social media went nuts. I can’t tell you how many Mets fans I saw with the reaction of, “I am done with this team if they trade him.” “I will never watch this team again if they trade him.” It was insane. Where do you stand on this?
CHRIS SWENDEMAN – I got to be honest. I’m not a Met fan, but I am with them wholeheartedly. I stand with every Met fan right now that wants to walk away from the team because at one point you get a new owner. You’re supposed to turn over a new leaf. The Wilpons are gone. All of a sudden, now you have rumors coming out that they’re going to trade the Poster Boy for this team or what should be the face of the franchise. Unless you’re getting a king’s ransom back, I can’t see how you do it because I look at Pete Alonso for Met fans as akin to being what (Aaron) Judge is to Yankee fans. He is the face of the franchise. You’ve traded so many players this year, and who’s left? Lindor, McNeil, Nimmo. Nice guys, nice pieces to your franchise, but not the face of your franchise. If they do this, you’re going into bad territory for your fan base.
JM – Let me run a few names past you. Tell me what you think they have in common. Tom Seaver, Wayne Gretzky, Aaron Rogers, Joe Montana. Do you see where I’m going?
CS – All faces of franchises that wound up on different teams.
JM – And we could go a step further – Babe Ruth and Tom Brady. Although Ruth was sold, Brady left as a free agent. But those first four guys all traded, all going to their respective sports’ halls of fame. All of them champions at the highest level of their sport. I mean, they called Seaver “The Franchise.” And you’re going to get upset if Pete Alonso is traded? I mean, I realize we’re generations removed from Seaver, but for crying out loud, they’ve won nothing with him. Nothing.
CS – No, they haven’t, and I agree with you on that. But this team doesn’t have a lot to cheer for. Uncle Steve went on a spending spree in the offseason. Oh, wait, hold on. That didn’t work. Let’s trade them all away. And now the one beloved player, as far as I could tell from Met fans that seems to be the most popular. You’re going to move off from him. It just seems like you just don’t know what you’re doing. You’re just trying anything that’ll work. And, oh, by the way, he’s one of the last players left, so let’s deal him.
JM – Swendeman wants to keep him. I’m willing to drive Alonso to the airport when they make the deal. And that’s WDHA’s 2-Minute Drill. Thanks, Chris.
CS – Have a good one, Jim.