NEW YORK -- In a meeting with a group of season-ticket holders on Saturday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson preached patience while admitting some of the franchise's recent shortcomings.
"At some point, the best that you can do is have a little patience," Alderson said to an assembly of season-ticket holders at Citi Field. "Unfortunately, I've been preaching that for two and a half years, and it's wearing thin. But we're almost there."
For more than 30 minutes, Alderson joined manager Terry Collins, catcher John Buck, and pitchers Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell in answering questions from fans and emcee Howie Rose. A significant number of the queries were directed at Alderson, who spoke generally about his tenure.
"The only thing I can say is that we go into every season with high expectations," Alderson said. "Sometimes those expectations are very realistic, sometimes they are less realistic than others. But we go into every season with high expectations, in the hopes that we're going to have a very solid team on the field.
"At the same time, I have said over time that this is an effort to create a successful -- but also sustainable -- organization. And believe me, what's happened over the last month and a half has pained everybody in attendance here, as it's pained all of us, too. What I've tried to do since I've gotten here is have a slightly longer-term view of things, in order to get us to the point where every year, you have the expectation -- I have the expectation -- that we're going to be successful and have a winning team."
As evidence of that plan, Alderson pointed to his track record of prudence with regard to trades and long-term contracts, as well as his commitment to protecting top Draft picks.
"My goal here -- believe me -- is to have a group of fans, Mets fans, who are happy [about] their support of the Mets, proud of their support of the Mets," the general manager said. "I know this is a difficult time and, believe me, I feel like everybody here feels. Everybody's working as hard as they can to make this successful and to make all of you proud of your support of the Mets. For me, it's not about buying tickets. It's about your relationship with the team."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.