In his first day as the Mets' new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen was full of optimism as he looked to the future of the organization. And that optimism continued into his radio interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN.
After being congratulated for his new position, Francesa questioned Van Wagenen about the Mets' current lineup, and if it is good enough to compete tomorrow.
Van Wagenen didn't waver in his answer.
"I think it's good," he said. "I do. I wouldn't be saying this if I didn't believe it."
Francesa, though, continued to pepper Van Wagenen with the same question as he seemed in disbelief. He said the 44-year-old former agent was "very wide-eyed" about the situation, and added "this isn't the Yankees."
But Van Wagenen continued to express his faith in the players on the roster.
"I have confidence in the guys in the clubhouse," he said. "They have performance track records in the past and I think there's a future ahead of us and I wouldn't have taken this job if I didn't think there was an opportunity to win and build around this thing."
Of course, Van Wagenen realizes that moves will have to be made to make the Mets a more competitive team, which he recognized by saying "I think we can add to it." But he also talked about the Mets' glass half-full culture, and how he hopes to make that even better as well.
"There's a culture here of glass half full and I'm gonna bring one with the glass all the way full and make sure it's fluid to the top," he said.
After that proclamation, Francesa told Van Wagenen "no one is gonna believe that today." But Van Wagenen knows there is a long road ahead, and there are no quick fixes when trying to build a sustainable winning franchise.
"I'm gonna earn believers one day at a time," he said.