Is Fred Wilpon Smarter Than We All Think?

Probably not.  Okay, definitely not.  But this quote from the Daily News did get me thinking about personal incentives and some behavioral thinking.

Daily News article

Wilpon didn’t get off as easy. Gee, what a shock that he was getting pounded Monday inside the Valley of the Stupid. It went something like this: What good comes out of his comments about Reyes, David Wright (“not a superstar”) and Carlos Beltran (“he’s 65 to 70% of what he was”)? Or just when the focus returned to the field, Wilpon takes it off with his opinions.

What is the Hail Mary that could save the Mets and the Wilpons? Money and a World Championship.  How do you motivate your key players?  You tell them they are playing for their future contracts and their pride.  Which is what he basically did, in a very, very asinine way. It kind of reminds me of a movie I saw once…

Mets and Yankees Fans

From a recent WSJ piece, some interesting (and contradictory?) findings about New York Mets fans compared with New Yankees fans:

  • 66% Yankees fans
  • 33% Mets fans
  • The Mets have more fans in Queens, of course, and the Yankees have an edge in the Bronx, but Manhattan is dead even at 19% each.
  • Male Mets fans were 43% more likely than Yankees fans to drink beer. “Blame their team,” said Sal Richichi, 30.
  • 51% of Mets fans married versus 41% Yankees fans married.
  • Mets fans had the Yankees fans beat in one telling category: they seem to pay a lot more attention. Not only do they monitor their team’s progress more often and make more bets, they listen to substantially more sports radio (26% to 17%).

The poll also found that 11% of Mets fans polled own a gun compared to only 5% of Yankee fans.  In a 650 person poll, with a 3.8% margin of error that’s pretty insignificant.  I would be more curious to see those 5% and 11% compared to say a poll of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, LA, and Detroit fans.

There is also a poll that claims to be able to predict whether you are a Mets or Yankees fan by profiling you.  Check it here.

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