I have to admit that I was taken by surprise by the joint announcement made by Mets owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz and trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff, Irving Picard. It was just before 10 0′clock yesterday morning when it was revealed that a settlement was reached, and Mets ownership was liable for around 162 million dollars.
Fortunately – or unfortunately – depending on whose side you are aligned with, the 560 pound gorilla has been resting itself on the chest of Mets ownership has for the time being been removed. This doesn’t mean that the Wilpon’s will be able to spend money on the team that we root for. If anything there are still mounting debts that need to be paid off, coupled with declining attendance from fans that are just apathetic – or are boycotting the team until the front office somehow turns things around.
I admit that I am not happy with the outcome, but the livid feeling that I had for most of the day has subsided – replace with a dull feeling of melencholy. I readily admit that I am not a supporter of Fred, Jeff and Uncle Saul. But with that being said I can’t quit this team. It is not in my D.N.A.
I have lived through both the bad times as well as the good. I have seen ownership change hands back in 1980 as well as Fred buying out co-owner, Nelson Doubleday back in ’02. I have seen many of my favorite players come and go via trade, free agency injury or retirement. It pains me that it seems like our franchise will not have the monetary advantage to help this team in the near future, but I as a Mets fan will have to persevere.
To use one of the most infamous quotes uttered by a Mets pitcher ” I’m not devastated – but disappointed”. These words were uttered by Mets pitcher Tom Glavine after the last game of the ’97 season one the team we root for was denied a playoff berth on the last day of that season. Life will go on for us Mets fans. Our team may not be contenders this season or the next, but hopefully in the near future we will once again hold our heads high and profess our allegiance for the team.
Hopefully by that time ownership will be replaced. But it is most likely we will be rooting for a Wilpon owned team for the foreseeable future.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Outfielder from the ’64 season, George Altman is 79 (1933).
Mets middle reliever from the ’63-64 seasons, Steve Dillon is 69 (1943) .
Reserve outfielder from the ’94 season, Rick Parker is 49 (1963) .
Mets middle reliever from ’95-’96, Blas Minor is 46 (1966) .
Reserve infielder from the ’97 season, Manny Alexander is 41 (1971).
Sadly on this date in 2001, one time Mets middle infielder, Luis Alvarado passed away. He played with the Mets during the ’77 season.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of spot starter/middle reliever, Frank Lary from the Milwaukee Braves on March 20, 1965.
The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Octavio Dotel on March 20, 1993. Dotel only pitched one year with the Mets (1999). He had a record of 8-3 with a E.R.A of 5.38. He was dealt to the Houston Astros that off season for stud staring pitcher, Mike Hampton.
The New York Mets traded reserve catcher/first baseman, Jason Phillips to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher, Kaz Ishii on March 20, 2005.
Mo Vaughn isn’t devastated – just hungry !!!!