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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IT COULD BE WORSE, WE COULD BE RED SOX FANS

First thing I read this morning pissed me off to the point I had to fire off an angry Tweet to the author, Rob Parker of ESPNNY.com. See when you lack the creativity gene, you end up writing shit like this. What the Mets have to do with the current mess on Yawkey Way is more than puzzling, in fact even with all the happy horseshit going on in Flushing, the Mets are in much better shape than the Old Town Team.

Speaking of that piece in the Boston Globe yesterday, the worst part of the story wasn’t that the team disintegrated down the stretch to where the majority of the players flat out quit, the worst part was the ownership taking personal pot shots at Terry Francona and the admitting that they had no idea how bad the situation was with the club. The attacks on Francona were as vile as could be bringing up his marital problems and use of pain killers for his destroyed knees, but to bring up the fact that Francona was concerned about his son and son in law, stationed in Afghanistan as a reason he wasn’t focused on his job, just showed the lack of class that trio possesses.

As angry as I was this morning, when I clicked on Metstradamus to check on todays, Hall of Hate matchup between the #1 seed The Wilpons vs. play in winner Matt Cain, I was greeted by one of the great paragraph’s I’ve seen on any Mets blog in a long, long time:

Oh, come on. I really gotta explain it to you? If I have to explain to you why you should hate Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his son Kim Kardashian, then this is obviously your first visit to any Mets blog, ever. This is the Wilpons’ first appearance on the hate list vote and they debut as a one seed. Honestly, the Wilpons can hang out in the clubhouse eating chicken, drinking beer, and playing MLB The Show on Playstation, and win this vote by a hefty margin.

O-o-o-o-o MY GOD!!!!!! Fred Wilpon and his son Kim Kardashian,O-o-o-o My God!!!!!! My side still hurts from that one,

Great news today on Gary Carter’s health Keep Fighting Kid.

The Cleveland Indians are trying to figure out what to do with centerfielder Grady Sizemore and RHP Fausto Carmona as both have expensive option up coming. Sizemore has been racked with injuries the last three seasons and last week underwent knee surgery, has a club option for $9mil that will not be picked up but the $500K buyout most likely will. I would take a flyer on Sizemore if I were the Mets and sign him to an incentive laden deal along with signing David DeJesus to patrol centerfield for the club. As for Carmona, he’s a Mike Pelfrey clone so that would be a NO!

The Pirates are in the same boat with LHP Paul Maholm who the Bucs owe $9.75M but have $750K buyout. Maholm would look nice in a Mets uni but is the price prohibitive?

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WELCOME TO BAILOUT BA$EBALL

This matchup used have TV execs salivating, as the baseball teams in the  two biggest television market go head to head in a three game weekend series. The team that abandoned its home for the glitz of Hollyweird against their little half-brother, Sunset Blvd vs. Time Square, Koufax vs. Seaver , Chavez Ravine vs. Ebbets Field Lite,  two of the most valuable franchises in fiefdom of Selig, $2 billion dollars’ worth of baseball teams selling the game on prime time on FOX Game of the Week and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, Cha-Ching-Cha-Ching-Cha-Ching.  

Oh how the times, they are a changin’ both teams have gone from gold bullion to junk bonds by two owners who have made a total mess of each franchise, the Dodgers owned by a guy from Boston who made his money in the parking garage business, the Mets, a real estate developer . The Mets owner got fucked over by a guy he thought was a great friend but was a no good thief. The Dodger owner fucked over his team by taking the profits and pissing them away. The Dodger owner then accused his wife of fucking her bodyguard and then filed for divorce and the court hearing exposed both the owner and his soon to be ex-wife to be baseballs version of Bonnie and Clyde. The Mets owner went to his brother in law, who is the partner in the team, with concern about that friend of theirs who is investing the team’s money. The brother in law said “Don’t worry” and you’d thing the Mets owner, with Bensonhurst roots would remember the old neighborhood proverb “Don’t worry is doing 10-15 in Sing Sing” alas they were swindled and not only that, they were named in a law suit to recover the ill-gotten gains they received from the Ponzi scheme their friend was running.

So tonight starts a three game series with two teams that no one ever thought would be on the MLB dole, both teams have become welfare teams, the Dodgers so broke, that MLB has taken over control of the operation, the Mets are not to the point of the Dodgers where they can’t pay out paychecks but they are in such bad shape that they may have to trade their 27 year old shortstop instead of paying him a competitive wage.

Both teams need new owners, new blood and most important, a steady cash flow to bring them back to respectability. I could not care less about the Dodgers finding new stewards, in fact part of me is happy as hell they are going through this tough time as its deserved payback for leaving the Boro of Churches. The Mets situation however is no joke, for me and all my fellow Mets fans the current state of the franchise is downright travesty.

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER I GUESS

It’s been one of those days.  I was in every boro of the city except for the Boggie Down Bronx and I’m guessing I may hit the home of the Highlanders, a 5 broro cycle if you will, tomorrow.  So I’m just getting in to read e mails and news and also draft my fantasy hockey team so hold on to your hats:

I was asked to write a guest blog at the site 85% Sports. It’s about  how the corporate-ization of sporting events have killed the die hard fans influence for the home team and total “at the game” expirence.

The primaries are over. The acceptance speech has been given. Now Howard Megdal has thrown down the gauntlet to Jeffey Skill Sets with this summit letter, putting the Mets owner on notice that the people have spoken and Jeffey owes Howard an interview for the Mets General Managers job.  Let’s see if the Skill Sets understand the concept of LOGIC, PASSION and TRANSPARENCY

Oh yeah, by the way, the Mets GM job is wide open as it’s as good as a lead pipe cinch that Omar Minaya will be stripped of his GM duties. Guess what I bet, Jerry Manuel gets fired at season’s end too. DUH!!!

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