TIME FOR BUD SELIG TO PULL A PAULIE CICERO AND TURN HIS BACK ON THE WILPON’S

Just like Henry Hill, Bud Selig needs to turn his back on the Skill Sets   

At what point does Bud Selig say “enough” to the Skill Sets when it comes to giving permission to keep drowning the Mets in debt. The Skill Sets have turned into baseball’s panhandlers with their running nose’s and tattered Brooks Brother suits, running the NY National League’s franchise from hand to mouth.  Selig it seems, needs another trip to Washington to get an understanding that when you keep adding up debt you’re headed for disaster. Maybe it’s time Mets fans get some tents, sleeping bags and drums and head to 245 Park Avenue to Occupy The Commissioner’s Office and order him to stop being the chief enabler to the Skill Sets.  

How do the other owners not get their suspenders in a bunch over not just the special treatment that Freddy and Uncle Saul get but question on how do they get such a sweetheart deal? If I was Stu Sternberg I’d be looking for my welfare money. If I were Bob Nutting of the Pirates I’d ask for an increase in my revenue share money. If I were Frank McCourt I’d beat the living shit out of Selig. How is it the Skill Sets get such preferential treatment?

According to the report in Forbes, the Mets are over $400 mil in debt which in most cases would have MLB taking over the operations of a franchise but with Fred and Saul being FOB (friends of Bud) not only won’t that happen but Selig has given his blessing on this new scheme of infusing revenue into the team of selling minority shares of the club for a 3 % return on your investment each year for six years or you can keep your shares and brag to your friends and family that no matter how insignificant you are, you are an owner of the Mets.  Beach front property on Antarctica seems like a better investment.

Last night I was a guest on Mike Sliva’s NY Baseball Digest radio show, you can listen to the show by clicking on this link.

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GOTTA GO GET SOME ROCK SALT

First off congratualtions to the St Lousi Cardinals for winning their 11th World Series in franchise history. Some folks on Twitter can’t understand why I was rooting for the Cards to win this Series. With the exception of 2008 and 2009 when I just couldn’t bring myself to rally for the Phuck Phaces (in 2009 I abstained from rooting as much as I hate the Phuck Phaces, rooting for the Bronx Bastards would be a mortal sin) I always support the NL and I’ll say this the Senior Circuit has won the last 4 of 6 World Series.

Now that the World Series is over and we are getting out our snow shovels (WHAT?) it’s time for the Hot Stove to rev up and of course the first order of business will be the signing or non-signing of Jose Reyes. Sandy Alderson will handle the negotiation with the team coming first and the fan base second. For those of you who clamor for Reyes back at any price, haven’t we gone down that road of destruction too many times in Flushing ? The days of winning the tabloid back pages in the winter are over. Of course I want to see Reyes back as the Mets shortstop but not at a ridiculous price. I’m more concerned about the years than I am the money. Four years, I’m fine with five would have to be an option with incentives; six would be thank you for your years of service Jose.

The Highlanders were smart to sign a 1 year extension with WCBS 880 for the rights to broadcast their games on radio. The Met deal on WFAN is up after this season and I’d bet anything that WFAN wants those Highlander games badly.  That’s fine by me as that would then conclude me from being a WFAN listener ever again. As it is now, I turn on the station out of boredom or just tired of listening to music at work.

If I were the owner of a MLB team I’d be pissed with Bud Selig today as he stated the deadbeat Skill Sets have not paid off their $25 mil loan to MLB. I wonder what Frank McCourt has to say about that. Call it BuddyCare.

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AT LEAST THE USED CAR SALESMAN TOOK CARE OF THE SKILL SETS BEFORE THE HOLLYWOOD HOBO

I’ve been reading some of the L.A. Times stories on the takeover of the Dodgers by MLB and The Nutty Professor looking to name a trustee to run the ball club. Selig will name someone who will oversee the daily operations of the team and any and all moves from finance to movement of players will be handled by this caretaker until a new owner can be found. Reading some of the stories, it is astounding how Frank McCourt and his nit-wit soon to be ex-wife, have run the Dodgers into the ground, basically stealing money from the team to pay for their lavish lifestyle while Dodger Stadium has turned into a crime infested slum. You could call the McCourt’s White Trash from Beverley Hills or shanty Irish both names fit them like a Guci glove. But so what about the Dodgers? They left Brooklyn over 53 years ago so payback is a Jamie McCourt. Fuck’em. The question here is, how does this affect the NY Mets?

It looks like the Mets have already been taken care of by Bud Selig, by having Sandy Alderson running the baseball operation.  In my view, Sandy Alderson is the trustee assigned by Bud Selig to run the Mets.  A tid bit I’ve heard about Alderson’s gallop into Queens goes back to last season when everyone knew that Omar and Manuel were dead men walking, the reason neither man was canned during the wretched month of September when the team already had rigor mortis set in the plan to bring Alderson in was in place. As we know with MLB there is always a dog and pony show when it comes to hiring. While most owners want to hire the best white male available to manager their team, they know they must first interview a minority before they can do that, so the case with the Mets new GM was no different. Bring in a bunch of candidates who have no shot at the job but let them get some valuable face time in the New York press which would boost their standing around baseball so they could find a job in a lesser market. The job of saving the Mets had to go to someone with a proven track record and strong enough to pinch Jeffey Skill Sets nose  with one hand and slap it with the other, who better than the Ivy League graduated former U.S. Marine and Viet Nam vet, Sandy Alderson.     

This theory was always speculated but never proven but as we see with the Dodger bail out it all makes sense that Bud the Commissioner would take care of his Bud, Freddy the Skill Set before anyone else.

Alderson not only took the job, he hired his two favorite assistants in J.P. Riccardi and Paul DePodesta as well a nice package deal.

What has been great about the new management so far is since the day that Freddy Skill Sets put on his babushka at St. Lucie to cry for understanding that he is not a thief but a victim of Madoff malfeasants and Jeffey spoke about his daddy and Uncle Saul be great men of baseball and business, we have not heard a peep out of them. Even Dave the Shyster has taken to a vow of silence especially after his “tickets are going like Gangbuster’s” quote.

We saw the eradication of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez both Alderson executions. Blaine Boyer out after a week. Brad Emaus, thrown overboard, it doesn’t look like Alderson needed anyone’s permission to make these moves. As for adding on payroll, that is not something that looks like it needs to be discussed this season, in fact give this trip to the baseball abyss another month and Gary Cohen’ signature ‘It’s Outta Here” call will be of Mets players become former Mets players and not home runs.

As much as this run of bad baseball has been a sore sight for our eyes, at least we know the Skill Sets are in the background and hopefully never heard from again until the announcement that they have sold the majority of the NY Mets.

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SELL SKILL SETS, SELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How would you like to be Frank McCourt today? The owner of the LA Dodgers has a shit load of money problems due to his nasty divorce and he is trying hard to hold on to his share of the team.  FOX has offered to loan him $200 mil to help keep that Dodgers going until his divorce is final and a judge rules who owns the team Frank or his soon to be ex -wife Jamie but Bud Selig put the kibosh on the deal.

Now today we learn that the Skill Sets were fronted between $20-$25 million bucks to pay the bills at Citi Field from Bud Selig. Hummmmmm if I were say David Glass of the KC Royals, Bob Nutting of the Pirates or Mets fan/Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg, I’d be pretty pissed off knowing I’m part of the funding of a team in the largest market of the country. But then again, Freddy and Uncle Saul are Bud’s BFF’s, so Selig has put aside his job as Commissioner and has turned a blind eye to the “best interest of baseball” commandment that gets played in time of crisis, and right now Mets fans the Skill Sets are on the brink of crisis.

Freddy and Jeffey were chirping on the opening of camp about being victims and being duped and proclaiming vindication when the dust settles on the Madoff trustee lawsuit, but they forgot one other important item, they will have to sell the team when it’s all said and done.

You have to believe that the Skill Sets will not be the owners of the New York Mets by this time next year, or even sooner. With all the stories that come out ever few days on the financial status of the team especially today’s revelation of money floated to pay the Mets bills, I cast my vote of No Confidence in the Skill Sets to running this team. If this were any other owner, Selig would have had him in a headlock screaming “SELL GOD DAMN IT SELL” but because it’s Freddy and Uncle Saul he will do by any means necessary to help them keep ownership of this team. Best interest of baseball, my ass.

This story would have been bad enough, but when you add the bluster by Freddy and Jeffy in their St Lonesome presser’s, it’s an absolute insult to you and me. I’d love to grab Freddy, Jeffy and Uncle Saul by the collective scruff of their necks and scream at them to be truthful with us.

They want our money, they want our support and we are willing to give it to them and all we ask is to be truthful and stop taking us for assholes. We didn’t sink our fortune with a thieving scumbag, like you did.

Freddy always sings the siren song of loving the Mets and wants the team to stay in his family for generations, well here is a smack in the face of reality for you Freddy, that ship has sailed, when you got fucked over by your “pal” Bernie Madoff and he’s the one you will cost you of your dream.

SELL THE TEAM SKILL SETS, SELL THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DODGERS BACK TO BROOKLYN ?

OH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like Frank McCourt is looking to unload the Los Angeles Dodgers of Brooklyn as he can’t afford a baseball team and an ex-wife. Oh the possibilities here.

Could Freddy Skill Sets pull an O’Malley and head West to own his beloved Dodgers ? Think about it. Or how desperate is McCourt for some scratch that he would sell the DODGERS name to Freddy? Or just the trademark name Brooklyn Dodgers ?  Then he can get Jay Horowitz to legally change his name to Happy Felton

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HEY MIKEY, WHADDA YA SAY, WADDA YA KNOW?

 

So the whole world of Metsdom is in an uproar due to the proclamation from the Drive Time Bloviator on WFAN that he has some major update about our favorite baseball team. So what could this major update be?

 

Well, I speculated on Twitter last night, that the team is in talks with Bombo Rivera to make a comeback and man left field. Rivera has Expo blood in him so that’s enticing to Omar.

 

Or it might be that Frank McCourt, the owner of the Los Angles Dodgers of Brooklyn, who is in a nasty divorce with Madame Jamie, needing cash will sell the name DODGERS to the Skill Sets who will finally get their wish to own the Dodgers.

 

Then again it could be that the Skill Sets have decided to have the team take a year off and cancel all plans to field a team in 2010. $iti Field will then be turned into a combination Chuck-E-Cheese/Catering hall to be rented out for birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs.

 

Who knows? Only the Pontiff Mike knows.

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HAPPY TO SAY I STILL HAVE SOME MEANINGFUL BASEBALL GAMES TO PLAY

I’m proud to report that our 13 year old Babe Ruth team is still alive in the playoffs after a fine 13-6 win in a double elimination game. It was so nice to see our big gun mix his fastball and change up for strikes and keeping his walk total at a minimum. After 5 innings he started to tire and I had to make a decision to ride him two more innings or take him out and go to the pen. I opted for the pen and maybe it was my infielders not getting much work and the game going on for two and half hours, they were a little sloppy late but in the end made the plays when needed so we live to see another day. As for my big pep talk, after a 20 minute warm up I went to exchange line ups and go over ground rules, I had the team assemble in the outfield and on my way out to meet them I was going over my speech I looked at the kids sitting in a circle laughing and joking with each other and decided to scrap the speech as it would do more harm than good. It’s an amazing bunch of kids as the take they wins and losses the same, in fact their biggest conceren is what we are going eat after a game. Isn’t it great to be a kid?

 

 

40 years ago today I was sitting in my living room with my parents waiting for the event of a lifetime, man walking on the moon. I was 11 years old and from what I can remember, the lunar module landed in the late afternoon but Neil Armstrong didn’t step on the moon surface until night time (10 PM ) I do remember my father waking me up to see this as I fell asleep on the couch as he didn’t want me to miss this unbelievable piece of history. No one could believe what they were seeing and the thing a lot of people feared was the astronauts getting stranded on the moon. In fact President Nixon had a speech already to address this if it happened.

I’m really sad to hear of the passing of Frank McCourt whose life story laid out in Angela’s Ashes is just one of greatest books ever written. I had the pleasure of meeting Frank and Malachy McCourt as they did their show ”A Couple of Blaguards” and it was a thrill and privilege to meet him and I’m honored to be known as a “blaguard” myslef .

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TOUGHEST POST TO WRITE EVER

My hands are clammy and my heart is racing a bit as I type this so just bare with me for a moment as this is extremely difficult for me to say, <clears throat, loosens neck mussels> Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon, Saul Katz and Omar Minaya, I-I-I <clears throat again> I apologize for writing vile and nasty things about you for not going after Manny Ramirez. You guys were right and I (along with all the other WE WANT MANNY Mets fans) were wrong.

 

After Manny turned down the Dodgers offer last night, I must say I was stunned. I took a long hard look at Manny and Scott Boras and got past the outstanding right hand bat, the charismatic personality that is Manny Being Manny, the winning records of the teams he has been a member of, the dreds and I saw the Manny that Theo, Larry Lu and John Henry saw, a fucking imbecile.

 

It’s not just Manny but obviously Scott Boras has lost his mind as well. Where does Team Manny think another offer is coming from? San Francisco? Why? Why should Brain Sabean and Larry Baer do better than the Dodgers 2yr/$45 mil deal? Say they went 2yr/$50mil guaranteed are the Dodgers going to top that? No and why in the world would the Giants even make an offer now when they haven’t does so already?

 

It seems like Frank McCourt is dazed and confused over the negotiations:

 

 “We love Manny Ramirez,” said Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt, “And we want Manny back, but we feel we are negotiating against ourselves. When his agent finds those ‘serious offers’ from other clubs, we’ll be happy to re-start the negotiations.

 

“Even with an economy that has substantially eroded since last November, out of respect for Manny and his talents, we actually improved our offer.

 

“So now, we start from scratch.”

 

 

It kills me to say the Mets were right in not going after Manny, I wanted him here baddddddddddddly but after seeing him turn down a deal with the only team that had any interest in him I guess he really is Mindless Manny

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JOE MADDON’ GOT THOSE BLOWN SAVE BLUES

I did take some perverse pleasure watching the Famous Rays bullpen implode last night in one of the great collapse not involving the NY Mets. I admit I turned the channel at 7-0 to watch Life On Mars (Can we just give Harvey Kitel the Best Actor in a Drama Emmy now and save time later)  and flipped back at 11PM waiting to see the Famous Rays celebrate their first Pennant so you know I was shit shocked to see the game was at 7-4. I hung for the rest and I must say that Coco Crisp at bat in the 8th should shown to every little leaguer in the country as that is how you work an AB and a pitcher.  Wheeler is a classic reliever with two pitches, fastball/slider and Crisp just kept fouling off pitch after pitch until he got hanging slider to drive to right field. You have a pitcher on the ropes and team that is now drowning in self doubt and defending championship team that is never out of a game. Just classic baseball. Now Game 6 becomes must see as the Rays and Joe Maddon are in uncharted territory as they gave the Red Sox life. They had the pillow over their faces but lifted up too early.

 

The dark clouds of Flushing seem to be lifting a bit after reading Adam Rubin’s Q & A with Daniel Murphy maybe the hard nosed Dykstra/Backman type we have been looking for is right under our nose.

 

It doesn’t look like the market of Manny will be a large one. Manny and Agent Bloodsucker are looking for a 6yr deal for over $120 mil. Unless the United Arab Emirates is getting an expansion team next season, that’s not happening.  Those demands are off base. The Dodgers management is in a bind here as they have to make an offer to Manny but how long can they hang in with the Mets, Highlanders and the dark horse in the Manny races the Blue Jays? I don’t really see the Highlanders going for Manny but they could make a bid just to break balls. The Dodgers should be the favorite to sign Manny but Frank McCourt not only doesn’t own a TV station that flows dough he has a piss poor relationship with PrimeTicket but you would think he’d try to sit down with the station to workout a partnership to keep Manny. McCourt should plead his case that if they add more to the rights fee for Dodger games it helps the team sign Manny and that brings up ratings which brings up the ad revenues and everyone makes some scratch.    

 

If I’m Omar, I offer 4yrs/$100mil and wait for the counter offer. I wouldn’t budge off the years but I would go a bit higher on the money by using incentive bonuses but I’d cap my offer at $110 mil. Now in these economic times that looks like I’m bat shit crazy but as loony as it looks Manny will pay for himself as the SNY ratings go up and the merchandise revenues as well. If it’s just a question of money then Mets will make Manny theirs to loose if it’s all the other questions about attitude and the Manny Being Manny baggage that’ s another story. But if Manny gets away from Flushing again that will be sad. 

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