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Meet The Mets, take 2

February 4, 2011

I posted an entry a few minutes ago which was swiftly attacked as being incoherent and perhaps indicative of some sort of grammatically based mental illness. I have taken it down.

I was attempting to write about the crooked and incompetent ownership of the New York Mets. I’ll take another crack at it.

The Times reports this morning that the Trustees for the victims of Bernie Madoff’s big swindle are suing Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the managing partner and a minority owner of the Mets. While everyone else was losing their shirts, the Mets, Wilpon, Katz, their kids, various pets and pretty much any business they are involved with made boatloads of money from Madoff. But of course they didn’t, their walloping returns were pulled from the accounts of other investors. And it turns out everybody was telling them it was all bullshit, so now they may have to give lots of it back, up to a billion dollars.

Now, the Mets stink when they are rich as Croesus, how are they going to do when they’re not? They really are a miserable organization, Baseball’s 5th highest payroll in 2010, the 2nd highest in 2009 and while I don’t feel like looking up earlier payroll numbers they certainly weren’t running a Marlins like payroll extortion scheme before that. What do they have to show for all that money? 5 playoff appearances since 1986. That is simply pathetic.

Going forward, they still have a number of very big contracts and one begins to wonder where the money will come from to sign the overrated, underwhelming simply past their prime free agents that are their bread and butter. I mean, Jamie Moyer don’t come cheap.

And in case you think I’m being mean, the team will be paying Bobby Bonilla more than a million dollars a year until 2035. That’s the genius deal they worked out when they wanted to unload him and his huge contract.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Fat Al permalink*
    February 4, 2011 5:07 pm

    But you won’t even be able to buy a piece of Bazooka for a million bucks in 2035. Those Wilpons are wily.

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