When it comes to the Skill Sets financial situation it seems we Mets fans are better off ignoring what they say and instead focus on what they do. From the outstanding reporting of Eno Sarris of Amazin’ Avenue,  we discovered that the Skill Sets have hired  CRG Partners , a firm that works with businesses swimming in red ink and tries to either help them turnaround their business or it they are too far gone, file for bankruptcy. From reading the story, it looks like the Skill Sets are ready to be made comfortable for the inevitable, their loss of the Mets.

Sure, as Mets fans we should be rejoicing that the end of the Wilpon/Katz reign of ownership is closer to a conclusion than ownership as led on, and that has been the primary problem with the Skill Sets, their inability to be truthful with their fan base. If there is one thing indisputable about the Mets fans base, it is loyal and forgiving but it you take their kindness for weakness, you will feel their wrath. I truly believe if Fred Wilpon came to Mets fans with honesty over  the  grave financial situation that has alter severely the way the Mets have done business, instead of the “keep moving nothing to see here, we’re doing great ” deny, deny, deny spin, he would have had the backing of the fan base in trying to keep the team in his and his families stewardship, instead the constant false reports of selling minority shares, or tickets selling like “hot cakes” , or reports of a payroll north of $100 mil with money left for taking on a big contract for a pennant run which in realty is a payroll struggling to reach $90m and the only players signing are non-descript bush leaguers grateful for employment. No one ever learns, the cover up is always worse than the crime.

So due to the disrespect of the Mets fans intelligence, we have a mob with pitch forks and torches at the ready to run the Skill Sets out of Queens. One silver lining in all this though is the emergence of the of writers like Sarris and Howard Megdal, who dig and do the dirty work to bring Mets fans the truth behind the shell game being run at Citi Field. 

I wonder if the news that Bank of America has put notice on small businesses they lend money to that they are calling in the loans on those businesses they feel is a bad risk.  Mets have just taken out a $40 mil note from BOA, what would happen if that loan was recalled?

As much as we all want the Skill Sets out of the way and a new owner with deep pockets to take over our beloved Mets, how can we as a fan base be happy with all this financial bullshit that has had a negative effect on our beloved baseball team? My wanting the Wilpon’s out of the owner’s box at Citi Field is not due to personal malice, it’s due to the destruction of the core of my favorite baseball team. I don’t want to care about the Wilpon’s financial straights but I have to as it has an adverse effect on something I love, The New York Mets. That pisses me off to no end.


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  1. Mikey boy324 says:

    Even before the wilpons were in this mess I’ve always believed as a die hard met fan we would never win a championship with them running the show. The reason why is because i’ve always felt that they never went the extra mile to win a championship. They always put a competitive team on the field to draw fans to the park but when the teams from 05-09 were very talented every year they missed a piece or two too be elite and Instead of going all out and aquiring those pieces the exuse was “well if so and so bounces back from this or so and so comes back from injury well be fine.” When you look at the Yankees, Red sox, Phillies ,Rangers etc they go the extra mile to win a championship and as a fan that’s all you can ask for. I’m tired of being the second class citizen or reading in the paper that if a free agent the mets like have no chance of getting him because the Yankees or red sox want him. We play in the same town have Just as loyal if not more loyal the yankees have a brand new stadium our own network there is absolutely no reason we have too accept it any longer. The day the wilpons sell i feel will be one of the greatest days in mets history…

  2. Bud Selig now has his fourth team in financial ruin. He has to go now. This scenario is typical of what we have become in America. The Mets plan for building a new stadium and a TV station should have been stopped day numeral UNO. It is quite obvious their business plan with or without Madoff was was a hosue of cards. Selig allowed it to go forth because he could care less. He got a new stadium in NY if the Wilpons go out someone else will take the team and straighten it out and MLB will eventually make more money. This is a disgrace and the people we call leaders in the US need all to get their shit together because if they think the Wall Street protesters were a nusiance I think there is more to come.

  3. Mikey is 100% right, long before the Madoff situation came to light and ruined the team we root for, we all knew that any bold moves and championship moves that this team made in the last 30 years came because of Nelson Doubleday. Sadly, his lawyers were not as good as Fred Wilpons’ lawyers, so Doubleday was forced to sell. They always came up just short, and usually because the organization is run like crap. From Steve Phillips running around whith his fly open, to the Bobby Bonilla contract restructuring, to allowing the last real baseball guy in the organization to be let go (which was Bobby V, before Alderson) to management (Tony Bernazard) walking around barechested in minor league locker rooms challenging guys to fights. Not to mention the worlds’ worst medical staff, the sprained ankles that turn into injuries that never get recovered from and the concussed guys getting on planes. The firing guys when getting off of cross country flights, my lord this list goes on, and on, and most of it, has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with being a losing organization.

    The Wilpons should sell, not because they are out of money, they should sell because they run a loser organization, and despite the fact that I am a loyal fan, and will never root for another team, I am just biding my time, until that day that will be celebrated by al Mets’ fans, almost as if it was a WS Championship. The day (and I take no joy from their miseries) the team is sold.

    Sell, Fred sell.

  4. Oops, sorry, “..all Mets’ fans…”

  5. You forgot JJ Putz @pfh64 -

  6. Mikey boy324 says:

    You made some great pints pfh.. I feel like sometimes in sports or even in life you have to hit rock bottom too come back stronger and right now the mets and us fans are at rock bottom. But we have a lot of good young talent coming up soon and as long as we get an owner who’s willing to run this team as it should be run we should be ok in the long haul I just don’t think the wilpons are those owners..

  7. Mikey, I am excited by some of the younger players, some of which, including my personal favorite, (for a bunch of reasons) Ike Davis, were acquired by the previous regime.

    Davis has a chance to be the best all around hitter ever produced by the Mets. Key word produced. Obviously it is unlikely he will be Piazza, but you get the point. Murphy if he can ever stay on the field gives the team a very good hitter that will rip his own face off for a win. Duda is intriguing, if only for the power potential. Admittedly the last two would be ideal DHs, but…by the way, if Reese Havens (he is the Mets version of Rick DiPietro…sorry for the hockey reference) can ever play 100 games in a season, but alas, I do not ever expect it.

    If Wheeler can be a number three starter or better, that would already be one of the best deals the team has ever made. If Harvey can eventually produce…

    Paul, sorry I was a putz for not mentioning Putz. (I fought really hard all night not to make that comment, but in the end I was too weak to stop myself)

  8. Can anybody tell me if the $70,000,000 loss in 2011 included revenue from SNY? It seems impossible for the losses to be that high, if the SNY money is factored in. Is it possible that the Wilpons are using the loss from the team to off-set the profits made by the network? And, where is all the monies that they allegedly make from their other businesses? At this point, they have not paid a penny back to the Madoff situation, so, how can they
    be crying poverty??

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