DON’T WORRY, FREDDY SKILL SETS AND UNCLE SAUL HAVE A PLAN…….. “GULP”!

I have no idea what kind of scheme Mortimer and Randolph Duke Freddy Skill Sets and Uncle Saul have up their sleeve but I’m sure it’s destined to fail.  I don’t know if it’s some boost of confidence that the Madoff fiasco won’t hurt them as much as first thought, or they sold off some real estate from their Sterling Equities properties, or they finally realized that David Einhorn was ready to pay them $200 mil to be a minority owner but read the fine print that tilted everything in favor of Einhorn taking total control of the franchise, but something has stopped the Skill Sets from checking that box that says I agree to the terms of this contract.

What does this all mean? I have no clue and we won’t have a clue until the season ends and Sandy Alderson sits down with Jose Reyes’ representatives to talk contract. Just when I thought the Mets had the upper hand in the Reyes negotiations, the advantage has swayed back to Team Jose.  All the talk of finding more investors at a $15-$20 mil price tag to make up for the money the Skill Sets told Einhorn to put back in his pocket, better be used in part to re-sign Reyes or it won’t matter which uncle, aunt or next door neighbor ponies up the dough, the Skill Sets have put the bulls eye right between their eyes with the fan base.  If the Jose Reyes signs with another team at a price and contract terms that are not outlandish, you might as well as turn Citi Field into a permanent soccer pitch.

I have ZERO faith that Freddy and Uncle Saul have a plan to save the franchise, this latest scheme of selling more shares in the team has FAIL written all over it, especially when the say they will sell to “friends and family” isn’t that how they got into this mess in the first place?

The clandestine ways of this ownership is why there is such a disconnect with them and the fan base.  I believe nothing that comes out of the mouth of Freddy Skill Sets and his incompetent son.  I’m sure I’m not alone.

What really sucks about this whole ownership in an uproar news, is the focus had finally shifted from the owner’s box to the dugout.  The recent winning streak after such a poor showing against the Phuck Phaces shows that Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have changed the culture of the clubhouse. The malcontents and slackers who Omar Minaya protected instead of eradicating are gone and players who are committed to winning have been replaced. Sure the record is not pretty but that will come, the biggest obstacle with this team was the acceptance of being lazy and just not being committed to winning baseball games that had been festering like an untreated infection, is gone and that is the biggest story of this season.

Who wasn’t excited by Chris Capuano start last week? Who doesn’t enjoy watching R.A. Dickey pitch and then hear his post game comments?  Who isn’t excited watching Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada? Who can’t wait to see Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, and Zack Wheeler make their way to Citi Field? Let’s just hope that the Skill Sets, as is their way, don’t fuck this up.

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TONIGHT AT CITI FIELD IT’S “DON’T TRADE REYES” NIGHT

When I was first notified of this event I thought it was stupid. Why? Because it’s pretty obvious that Mets fans don’t want Reyes going anywhere and I don’t think Sandy Alderson wants him to go anywhere and no matter how much you stomp your feet and scream that won’t put funds in the in Mets empty coffers.

But my view of this event has changed and I now feel this is a great time an opportunity for Mets fans to show the new minority owner that Reyes (and David Wright) needs to be A Met 4 Life.  Frankly I would love to protest the keeping of Reyes by having a mass walkout of Citi Field during the bottom of the 5th inning of a game, just to show the Skill Sets and Minority Einhorn, what the ball park will look like next year without our beloved shortstop.

I know I’m putting too much faith in Minority Einhorn to stepped up and kick some Wilpon ass but I have to believe the Stealth Bomber GM (Sandy Alderson) will have a big say in this as well.  Alderson chucked Ollie Perez and Luis Castillo not only because they sucked but he felt negative fan sentiment was so strong, it was the right thing to do. Now with that same Mets fan passion in a positive way, Alderson seems to have gotten the message that he needs to be as creative as possible in keeping Reyes a Met. If he doesn’t then the message will be sent to the Mets fan base, WE DON”T WANT YOU EITHER!

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THE END OF THE WILPON ERA IS UPON US

 

 

Last night I was fortunate enough to be a part of the fastest hour of radio ever on The Kult of Mets Personalities with the crew of Kiner’s Korner and Mike Silva of NY Baseball Digest. We spoke of our late friend Dana Brand, and then we got into our thoughts on the soon to be minority owner, David Einhorn.

To me Einhorn missed his mark yesterday to get Mets fans behind him, all he had to do was say he was investing not only $200mil to bail the organization out but he’s also throwing in an additional $45 mil for the sole purpose of buying out Jason Bay’s contract and as for Jose Reyes, “Jose, have your people call my people”.

Born in Jersey and raised in Milwaukee and a neighbor to the Selig’s this is no co-winky-dink that he was brought in as a minority owner of the Mets. Plus he’s not paying $200 mil for a good parking spot and a cushioned ball park seat; he’s here to fix what’s broken and to take over the whole operation.

As we discussed on the podcast last night, Einhorn made his money taking over companies that were swimming in red ink and making them solvent again. The Skill Sets have proven that running the Mets and investing money is way beyond their “Skill Sets” level.

Listening to Boomer and Carton this morning, Carton was his buffoon self mocking Einhorn on his voice and not being very tall, one thing Carton forgot is Einhorn is as ruthless as any organized crime capo or any so called “Gangsta” . I worked on Wall St for a few years and the only business that is close to it in ruthlessness and taking people down and not giving a shit is the drug trade.  As we’ve seen over that the past few years, Wall Street guys like Einhorn just don’t give a fuck on whom they have to step over to win. If Einhorn has to jack up Freddy and Uncle Saul and smack the shit out of Jeffey to make the Mets profitable for him to takeover when (not if it’s when) the Skill Sets have to sell, he doesn’t want to buy a loser.

Einhorn has said he will be in the background and not heard from. I remember a ship builder from Cleveland saying that nearly 40 years ago in the Bronx. That $200 mil Einhorn is putting down is no gift, it’s a down payment.

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THE BIGGEST LOSS OF THE SEASON

I was set to write about the new minority owner (soon to be majority owner?) David Einhorn, until I found out about the passing of Dana Brand. To say I’m shocked and saddened is an understatement.

When Dana wrote his book Mets Fans, he was gracious to invite me to the book launch party. Dana was a long time reader of this blog and never hesitated to tell me how much he loved my writing, this from a professor of English and American Literature at Hofstra University who gained his PhD from Yale, loved reading what I wrote. It was because of that, the e-mails I receive about my needing an editor and a grammar course made me laugh, if Professor Brand liked my work what the hell did I care what anyone else thought.

I had attended a few games with Dana and I got to meet up with him at the last game at Shea Stadium. Dana and I grew up in the same era and whenever I’d mention bringing my Boars Head bologna sandwich, Wise onion garlic potato chips and my Key Food Root Beer left in the freezer overnight and wrapped in tin foil, he give me that big hearty laugh of his as he had the same game day routine.  We all did, it was a big part of Metsfandom.

It’s why whenever we met at Citi Field we acted like a couple of old farts, when he’d look around and say “eh, it’s not Shea and shake our heads. We both knew, when Shea was gone so was a major part of our lives as Mets fans.

I am going to miss Dana tremendously as will all of the Mets Bloggers who knew but no one will miss him more than his family and to the Brand family I offer my most heartfelt condolence.

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