Megdal Invites Phillips to Debate
Posted by JD on June 17, 2010
This is so preposterously awesome that I would pay to attend in person: Howard Megdal, persuing his campaign to be elected General Manager of the Mets, has invited former Mets’ GM (and chronic adulterer) Steve Phillips to “a friendly debate over my candidacy for General Manager, your experience as General Manager, and the future direction of the New York Mets”.
Howard’s invitation is almost unnecessarily polite. Phillips’ position is clear: most people have no idea what the General Manager’s job entails. On the face of it, I’d suspect that’s true: baseball, like EVERY SINGLE OTHER INDUSTRY, has hidden details which greatly impact success or failure but escape the notice of casual observers. Fair enough.
But the tone of Phillips’ post suggests that we aren’t CAPABLE of knowing what a General Manager does, and that’s highly insulting. Just because we’ve never filled out MLB’s version of a TPS report or held countless daily meetings with scouts, coordinators, and evaluators doesn’t mean that we can’t learn how to do so.
If we extend Phillips’ asinine logic, ordinary people would be incapable of switching industries, opening up businesses unrelated to their current careers, or running for office. That’s downright un-American, and I’d love to see Howard Megdal that make point clear to him in a debate (though I suspect Howard is to classy to do so).
I suspect it’s a moot point: while I applaud Howard’s initiative, I doubt Phillips will accept his invitation. If the man refuses to recognize the greatness of Carlos Beltran on the playing field, I don’t think he’ll want to engage the logic and passion of a long-time Mets fan in a public setting. I hope I’m wrong because I think we’d all benefit from the experience, Phillips included.