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Wilpon Rips Mets Players, Says Wright "Not A Superstar"



    Wilpon Rips Mets Players, Says Wright "Not A Superstar"
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    Mets owner Fred Wilpon ripped the Mets as a team as well as specific players, including Jose Reyes and David Wright.

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon rips the team as "lousy" and candidly discusses several players in a New Yorker article out Monday, saying David Wright is "not a superstar" and predicting Jose Reyes won't get "Carl Crawford money."

    The controversial remarks come in a lengthy profile of Wilpon, from growing up in Brooklyn to becoming owner of the Mets.

    As part of the reporting, the writer of the story attended an Astros game with Wilpon, and the owner commented on various players as they stepped up to the plate.

    First baseman Ike Davis was declared a "good hitter," but in the same breath, Wilpon trashed the team with a word not suitable for this website.

    When David Wright came up to the plate, Wilpon said "he's pressing. A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar."

    As for Reyes, Wilpon said he isn't worth the "Carl Crawford money" that he's likely to get on the free agent market.

    "He thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money. He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it," Wilpon told the magazine.

    He also called himself a dummy for overpaying Carlos Beltran after his epic 2005 playoff run because Beltran is now 65 to 70 percent of that player.

    “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” Wilpon said, in an apparent reference to himself.

    "We're snakebitten, baby," Wilpon said.