With that loss, Prince writes, â€œthe Mets dug themselves into a hole from which theyâ€™ve never climbed out. Itâ€™s always October 19, 2006. Ownership and general management has proceeded as if this is forever a World Series club in every sense but that of accomplishment.â€ The evidence bears him out. Two years ago there was the â€œweâ€™ll get it this timeâ€ off-season, with few moves made, management assuming the team would just repeat what it did the year before. Last year was the â€œwe just need one starting pitcherâ€ off-season, with the acquisition of Johan Santana masking the dam holes quietly tearing open everywhere else. Now the â€œwe just need to fix the bullpenâ€ off-season has been concluded, with J.â€‰J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez hauled in and pretty much everything else left intact. General manager Omar Minaya has acted like his team is perpetually one piece away, while other pieces, the ones he wasnâ€™t looking at, slowly erode. And heâ€™s just about out of time.