BE CAREFUL METS HATERS, YOUR SNARK MAY COME BACK TO BITE YOU

Ok, Ok, I get it the Mets are broke and the Skill Sets are in denial as their empire is crumbling all around them, so can all the copycat writers stop with the regurgitation of the Skill Sets financial quagmire please. How the hell can anyone write about the rise and fall of Freddy and Saul after Howard Megdal ,  who has written extensively on this subject, put all the pieces together in his book Wilpon’s Folly. Everything that has been dished out by other writers is just a total rip off of Howard’s hard work. There is without a doubt more honor amongst bloggers than there is among the main stream media.

Let’s set another record straight as well as we get closer to reporting date of spring training. The club that will report to St. Lonesome in a week is not the re-incarnation of the 1962 Mets. They are not the 1986 Mets either.  This is not the worst team in baseball either; right now the Mets are a middle of the pack team. Sure the Mets will be a disadvantage playing in the stacked NL East but after what we’ve seen of this club last year do you really think they are going to lay down or go through the motions? Do you think Terry Collins or Sandy Alderson will tolerate that? While on the subject of Sandy Alderson, Twitter is all a twitter over the GM tweeting some self-depreciating humor about the club; some folks are outraged over the snarky tweets that Alderson has tweeted. I guess those folks just don’t get it, Alderson possess an outstanding dry sense of humor and is using social media as a platform as satire on all the comments about the teams money situation. Got get with the program folks this is the thinking fans GM.

Look, I’d be as happy as any Mets fan is the Skill Sets sold the club and moved on, never to be heard from again but I’ve been rooting for this team for too long and my love of baseball too deep to let their difficulties spoil my summer. As I said in an earlier post I’m rooting for Daniel Murphy and R.A Dickey and after reading the piece in the NY Daily News on Jason Bay, I’ll root hard for him as well. Sure this team pisses me off a lot, I’m mad as hell that the team doesn’t have money for starting pitching depth or a decent left handed bat for the bench but as angry as I am, I can’t wait for the first spring game out of St. Lonesome on SNY.

I have no right to tell people how to spend their money and no one has the right to do that to me, if you feel not going to Citi Field or watching the team on SNY or buying Mets merchandise will drive the Skill Sets out of power, that’s your right but for me not going to Citi Field or watching SNY or listening to games on WFAN or buying a Mets 50th Anniversary jersey  would just make me fucking miserable (or more fucking miserable than a normal day)it’s what I love to do.

If you want to root against the Skill Sets that’s fine but to root against the Mets and by the Mets I mean the players, coaches and manager, that’s just plain stupid.

Remember all your favorite MSM columnists in this town were ready to burry Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reece and the coaching staff of the NY Football Giants  in December, today they have Coughlin in the Hall of Fame, Reece is a genius and the coaching staff was right to stay the course. Two weeks ago, the media was running Mike D’Antoni out of town on a rail, Melo was out with injury and Amare had a family tragedy to deal with so the Knicks were finished, But, out of nowhere came Jeremy Lin and now the media is ready to kill Melo and Amare if they don’t come back and mesh with the rest of their teammates as Jeremy Lin has brought his Harvard Chemistry Set to turn the 2012 Knicks into 1969 Knicks.  So take note of all the MSM folks who are predicting that the Mets will suck this coming season and when they become the surprise team in MLB, remember who called bullshit first when the fish wraps start comparing Terry Collins to Billy Martin as his “gritty, gutsy”  Mets win more games than they lose.

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NY METS EMBARASS THEMSELVES ONCE AGAIN

Just when you thought you’ve seen it or heard it all when it comes to how the Mets do business comes word that team has denied Journal News Mets blogger Howard Megdal’ request for a media credential for the upcoming season. Megdal’s crime? Telling the truth.

According to Megdal, the Mets VP of Media Relations Jay Horowitz reason for reneging on the credential  was that “they don’t like his reporting” Megdal has tried to get a further explanation from the club but so far his request has fallen on deaf ears.

When the Mets claim that they don’t like the way Megdal reports they mean they don’t like the truth of their financial difficulties being made public. Megdal has written a book, Wilpon’s Folly” that looks in depth how the Wilpon’s have gotten themselves into a mess of debt that they may not be able to get out of, that could cost them ownership of the Mets.  It bothers the Mets greatly that Megdal, through hard work and dogged investigating, has laid out in full view, how the Wilpon’s were duped by Bernie Madoff and swindled out of the family fortune. What’s most bothersome about the Wilpon’s is they have not been forthright in telling how this great swindle has affected the operation of the Mets and Megdal with his thorough investigative work has uncovered the truth.

To call Megdal a blogger is like calling Martin Scorsese a guy who makes movies, Megdal is an accomplished author and freelance writer who has been credentialed by all the pro sports team in the area and his work has been published on ESPN.com, New York Times and MLB Trade Rumors.  I could see if Megdal wrote a book that was not factual and that the Wilpons could prove it but he hasn’t and they can’t so they’ve decided to go take the bully route and not allow Howard to have a credential thus not allowing him to enhance his livelihood. See Megdal does not do this for fun, this is his job, it’s how he puts food on his table and because he did what no other writer had the guts to do, and give Mets fans and the other readers the truth behind the crumbling Wilpon Empire he’s being punished.

I do not believe this edict came from anyone in the media or public relations department; it had to come from only one place, the owner’s office. The folks who work in the Mets PR department know how badly they need sell this product that is Mets baseball. The fan base not only has disdain for this ownership but distrust as well, banning Megdal from obtaining a media credential is not only petty, it’s stupid. Beyond his talents as a writer, Megdal is as passionate a Mets fan as there is which makes this even more of an underhanded nasty move by the club.  He’s not a go for free guy, no; he’s a paying customer and a frequent customer of the Mets product I might add.

The Wilpon’s just don’t get it, if they would have come out and told  the truth from day one about getting had by Madoff and that it would affect the operation of the team to where they’d have to adjust the way they do business, Mets fans would have embraced them. There is no more forgiving fan base than Mets fans. Ask Keith Hernandez about the standing ovation he received after he testified in the Pittsburgh drug trials? Or ask Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry about the way Mets fans treated them after their bouts with drugs and alcohol. Mets fans and Mets bloggers are good people and should be treated with more respect by this ownership, none more than Howard Megdal.

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MORE ON WILPON’S FOLLY

I’m sure most Mets fans are like me when it comes to trying to make sense of the Mets finances in fact most fans talk about finances in pro sports  like it’s a penny ante poker game (what is team A offering $1.2 mil? You know what? Make our offer $2mil even, fans throw $850K around like its $8.50) So it was with great anticipation that I awaited Howard Megdal’s latest tome, “Wilpon’s Folly” (Bloomsbury USA) that not only gives a time line of the events and devastation that Bernie Madoff brought to the Skill Sets and to the Mets franchise but how much of this angst could have been avoid, if the Wilpon’s, specifically Saul Katz listened to confidants they were close to about the warning signs.

Megdal put in exhausting research into this book and gives Mets fans insight into the people who run our beloved New York Mets.  One of the main conclusions I took away with after reading Wilpon’s Folly’s is the Wilpon’s have a hard time taking good advice. They got some very good advice that could have protected themselves and their finances but chose to ignore the warning signs that Madoff was trouble, specifically Saul Katz whose own son, begged for him to diversify from Madoff but Saul Katz had bought into the Madoff way of business hook, line and sinker that has me wonder what goes on in Katz’ mind when he sits and reflects on this calamity.

As you read Wilpon’s Folly you just wonder where is the end game, when does it hit rock bottom for the Wilpon’s and what happens with the Mets when it does. Megdal comes up with a plan that makes sense and makes you wonder if someone close to the Wilpon’s would pitch to them in order to save whatever assets they can.

As much as Freddy Skill Sets wants to be Mets owner for life, that looks like a pipe dream and just goes to show you that Mets fans are “we-be’s” We be here when they got here and We be still here when they’re gone.

 

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OLLIE IN MID-SEASON FORM

You always tell kids in Little League (as Ron Darling stated) when a ball goes under a fence, raise both your arms straight up in the air. Willy Taveras  must have missed that lesson when he was seven but his folly is Omir Santos gain with an inside-the-park-grannie.

Ollie Perez threw strikes today and the Nationals and most of them were tattooed by Nationals batters. The Mets will spin OP performance like a Maytag washer. Don’t worry he still feels great and looks very fit in his snow white’s.

On the other hand, Hisanori Takahashi was incredible punching out 6 in 3 innings of work. That’s NON-ROSTER LHP Hisanori Takahashi. LHP Pat Misch also was stellar in his 3 innings at work. Sometimes the solution to your problems are right under your nose.

Frenchy loves to show off that cannon he has throwing out Kevin Mench and Pete Orr at the plate. Each play was no contest.

Big Pelf took a shot off the leg yesterday but and X-Ray didn’t show any damage. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.

Everybody Loves Ike

Has Charlie Samuels lost his mind? How the hell does Chris “The Phuckin’ Phillie” Coste get uni number 3 ?

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FROST ON THE BUNNY

Happy Easter to all even though the weather in NYC feels more like Christmas. Tomorrow morning should be the last of the 30 degree temps in the morning so says Megan Glaros the weather honey on Ch 2. I think she said that but I’m not quite sure because every time I watch her give the weather reports I fall into a daze and just picture her telling me the forecast naked. Is Glaros hot? Muy caliente muchachos, muy caliente

Livan Hernandez may be just and innings eating back of the rotation pitcher but last night he was an artist. Hernandez proved everything that is the art of pitching. It doesn’t matter how hard you throw, if you have command of your pitches that you can hit whatever spot you want, then you’re a Master.

Jerry Manuel, Ryan Church has accepted your challenge

Two things went against Marlon Anderson, he hit left-handed and he wasn’t a pitcher so the Mets had to let him go. He shouldn’t have been with the team anyway as signing him to a two year deal was another Omar folly but Anderson did leave an impression on D-Wright and it seems he was more valuable to the team than most fans (me) felt:

 

“He was probably one of the most unselfish players that I’ve ever played with,”  

said. “He was always looking out for what he thought was the best thing for the team.”

 

That’s it for today. It’s Easter and I’m dining at my in laws today and want to get a good seat at the table so I can scarf down some lasagna (you can keep the lamb and the ham) and bogart the TV to watch the Mets . Later

 

David Wright

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