Darling didn't preview 'True New Yorkers'

May, 7, 2014
May 7

Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesRon Darling said he did not read before he signed.

MIAMI -- Ron Darling acknowledged he did not read the "True New Yorkers" letter that he digitally signed along with other '86 and '69 Mets before it was sent via email blasts to fans.

The email, not universally well-received by Mets aficionados, has the old-time players imploring fans to show up at Citi Field and "give today's club the same chance we had."

“I’ll tell you it this way, because if I explain completely how it went, I’m throwing someone else under the bus,” Darling told WFAN on Wednesday. “I was asked to put my likeness and name to something. I did not read what was going to be put out there. And I think for me to criticize it and to go after it, I’m going to put someone else in harm’s way. So I think I should just put myself in harm’s way.

“I didn’t do my due diligence to read what went out. ... It’s on me. It’s not on anyone else. I put my name on it. I put my likeness on it. I have to live with it.”

Darling added that the Mets need to reevaluate how they engage their fans.

“What is happening now -- and I’m not saying it’s rightfully so -- but it seems like everything that comes out from the Mets is looked at poorly,” Darling told the station. “When you’re looking at something where you feel like you’re Charlie Brown and Lucy keeps taking the ball out, and you keep kicking because you’re such diehards, I just think that there has to be a reevaluation of the disconnect and how to reconnect to how [fans] feel and what [the team] is trying to do. And I think that’s an obvious thing.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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