So the seal has been lifted from the lawsuit brought by the Madoff victim’s trustee against the Skill Sets and everything they own and I’ll tell you the truth, there is so much rhetoric coming from both sides that if a settlement isn’t reached this could drag on for years. My main concern is how does this affect the NY Mets and the operation of the baseball organization from the minor leagues to the big league to the ability of Sandy Alderson to sign players he believes are worthy of a contract. I feel bad for the innocent folks who were duped by this filthy scumbag Madoff but the biggest investment I make is a $5 Mega-Millions Quick Pick so all this financial shit is lost on me.

But I started thinking about the Skill Sets role in this I saw a pattern of fiscal stupidity with Madoff and the money the team has spent on the Mets. For years Freddy Skill Set was called Freddy Coupons for being a tight wad but in reality he was a big spender. The Mets payroll has always been top 3 in all of baseball. The Skill Sets big problem is they never knew how to spend wisely just as they didn’t invest their money (and other people’s money) correctly.  Think about it, the Mets would over spend on free agents like Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran but they’d never go overboard to on a draft pick. They paid top dollar for performances that players achieved with other teams but not on players who could bring the best of their talents to the Mets.Then went cheap.

The Skill Sets are loyal to a fault and that loyalty has cost them personally and professionally. Bernie Madoff made Freddy and Uncle Saul swoon when he quoted profits of their investment to them, you can picture Freddy and Saul with their puppy dog eyes looking at Madoff and telling him “ooooh Bernie you’re so dreamy”, meanwhile he was fucking them out of all their cash. To make matters worse the Skill Sets turned all their friends, investors and employees on to the Magic of Madoff  which in a way makes me feel some sympathy, as they are now looked upon and as bunch of bumbling idiots by some for not knowing what went on or a bunch of lying thieves to others. Either way it’s not good to be a Wilpon or a Katz today. Now if the court case proves the Sill Sets were a bunch of conniving louts, then I’ll be out with the flame thrower to fry their lying ass, but for now I’ll rail about their incompetence.

The Skill Sets have handled the Mets just like their investments, thinking they were doing the right thing and have it come back and bite them in the ass.  With the exception of Frank Cashen and Sandy Alderson (his resume speaks for itself) the hiring of men to run the baseball operations had been awful.  Not just that, but they always had a tough time of firing guys when it was the appropriate time. Steve Philips was banging secretaries like he was a porn star and when one of them took exception to his advances she cried sexual harassment. What did the Skill Sets do? They fired him for about a day and then brought him back. Omar Minaya the last two seasons was not only incompetent but paranoid as we saw in his presser for the Tony Bernazard termination when he attacked Adam Rubin. Minaya should have been fired on the spot but of course he wasn’t. When Sandy Alderson was hired he tried his best to be diplomatic when asked about Minaya and if he had a position in the org, obviously Alderson wants no part of Omar hanging around and you’d think Minaya would have brains enough to take his $1mil and move on but Freddy Skill Sets loves Omar and wants him around in any some capacity maybe as a playmate for Jeffey.  Even when they do fire people they can’t even do that right as we saw with the Willie Randolph fiasco.  Then when you add in all the bad contracts, the awful job of designing and running Citi Field and the inability to keep Jeffey out of the baseball business is it any wonder Bernie Madoff took them for a bunch of saps?  

Things are starting to look a bit clearer and as Mets fans we may end up the winners in this whole mess.  Bud Selig being up close and personal with the Skill Sets saw the S.S. Skill Sets was ready to hit an iceberg. With the Hollywood Bums also at rock bottom (who knew the McCourt divorce would look like a case on The People’s Court compared the Skill Sets v. Madoff Trustees?) The Used Car Salesman could not let both his flagship NL teams sink. The Mets were a team that spent more money and received less return than any team in baseball. What Selig saw was an organization that was in dire need for structure, for a leader, a man that could not be challenged and who embraced challenge, Sandy Alderson was the only man who could fix this mess.

The whole interview process for a new GM was a facade; it wasn’t up to the Skill Sets to hire Alderson it was up to Alderson if he wanted the assignment. I’m sure the first thing Alderson told Freddy and Uncle Saul was “The kid’s got to go” meaning Jeffey, and I’m sure without that, Alderson doesn’t take the job. That my fellow Mets fans could be the best thing to happen to the Mets since General Eckert void Tom Seaver’s contract with the Atlanta Braves and in a special draft pull the Mets name out of a hat.  

If I could give the Skill Sets a little advice, it’s time to lay low fella’s. You’ve put word out on the street that the team is up for partial sale so sit back in your palatial estate (while you still have them) and work out a plan of your finances. The one good thing you have going on in your life right now is Sandy Alderson is running your baseball team. Leave him and his lieutenants handle the baseball operations   while you huddle with your lawyers. Stay away from going to St. Lonesome. Stay away from opening day. In fact just stay the fuck away from the Mets altogether!!!!!

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  1. I guess it could be a good thing, I just don’t know, I have no idea about these financial things. It’s a miracle that I can do my own taxes.

    Every time I read an expert or amateur opinion on this Wilpon/Madoff thing it contradicts the previous thing I read. So I’m just going to wait til it’s over and then digest what remains.

    What I’m hoping for is this results in the franchise changing ownership sometime before 2015 because while these guys may have made a ton of money in their lifetimes they just don’t know how to run a baseball organization as you’ve reminded me with the many examples you’ve provided of their buffoonery during their tenure as owners.

  2. Let me weigh in:

    I’d rather have rotation issues than flotation issues!

    With that in mind…….

    I eagerly await the start of the championship season.

  3. Krane, we will get a better idea, next off season. I have no problem with what Alderson did this off season, outside of what he has not done, but I can wait until opening day. They 35-40 million in salary coming off the books. I am not saying that they need to go and replace 40 with 40, but if they spend in the draft, and respend 20-25 of the 40, then at least I can that they have a plan that is something else besides lets try and catch lightning in a bottle every year instead of lets’ build a team that fights for a championship three of every four seasons.

  4. “I feel bad for the innocent folks who were duped by this filthy scumbag Madoff but the biggest investment I make is a $5 Mega-Millions Quick Pick so all this financial shit is lost on me.”
    I’d have to think that this covers about 95% of the “die-hard” fan base.You might hear this discussed in boring financial detail if you happened to score some free seats in the 1st 20 rows behind home,but this would be while you were trying to watch the Mets do battle and you would have to politely tell these pretentious “Master’s of the Universe” to shut the f#$@ up and watch the game.
    It beats talking about ‘roids.
    Pitchers,catchers and lawyers in 10 days !!

  5. The headline in today’s Times about M.Donald Wilpon and Jeff DeRoulet’s ownership of the team being in jeopardy is the best news we’ve had in a long time, but this sure feels like it’s going to get much worse before it gets better.

    They had guys, real smart guys, telling them repeatedly that Madoff was up to no good. Uncle Saul ever went far enough to tell them that they needed to protect Madoff’s scheme and keep regulators away when they considered having one of the Sterling enterprises certified as financial advisors (imagine going to a company run by the Wilpons for financial advice).

    We’ve been through rough times before, but now we’ve got ownership turning this team into baseball’s laughing stock, a house of cards that’s going to collapse, probably be sold at a discount. If this were an episode of Law and Order, Jack McCoy would be putting the Wilpons on trial.

  6. When life gives you lemons, just dump them in a punch bowl full of Vodka. (hic)

  7. Krane, I know what I said in comment number three, but as long as it is not the Dolans, I have decided, the Wilpons just need to sell. Enough is enough. I am just done. This is worse than being a Pirates fan (oxymoron?) I am just tired of the season being over before it starts. I have survived all of these years as an Islanders’ fan, because of unique circumstances, and at least now, despite the goalie stuff, that the team is rebuilding the right way. The Mets? Even if the Wilpons only have to dish out $300M, it seems that they are simply the dumbest owners in sports, and I can’t deal with a NY baseball team that just can’t even dress itself right, both literally (uniforms that make them look like the Dodgers) and figuratively.

    Fred, Jeff, I know you don’t want to, but if you really care about this team and its’ fans, just sell to anyone but the Dolans.

  8. kranepool says:


    My concern is will this drama play out all season? I’m about sick of this shit already I don’t want this to be an everyday story Like I said in a comment on another post is the Skill Sets were not pals with Selig he would have taken receivership of the team already. I hope the Used Car Salesman but baseball best interest ahead of his relationship with the Skill Sets

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