(YOU MAY NOT) MEET THE METS!
Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in less than two weeks! Not reporting with them (at least, not officially): The Journal News‘ sports reporter and Lo Hud Mets Blog writer Howard Megdal, who posted to the site today a story about his de-credentialing by the New York Mets. The reason, he says, is because the Mets “don’t like my reporting.”
Poor Mr. Met
Any Mets fan can tell you that things just have a way of ending ugly around the franchise. Whether they be a family day at the ballpark (see: former closer Francisco Rodriguez attacking his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge after a game), to epic collapses on the field (see: 2007, 2008), to careers that looked bright (see: too many to mention in parenthetics), it just seems like the team and the organization behind it can snap defeat from the jaws of victory at any time.
This feeling has pervaded the franchise and its fan base for almost a quarter of a century and the mystery behind its cause has been philosophically chocked up to the ineffable, existential pain of being the “other baseball team” in town.
But in a conference call today with David Einhorn, the wunderkind billionaire hedge fund manager of Greenlight Capital, some light was potentially shed on a more concrete cause of what ails “The Amazins.” After a very public courtship and semi-public negotiations that seemed all but wrapped up, Mr. Einhorn announced this morning that he had broken off negotiations with Mets ownership after being unpleasantly “surprised” by the behavior of Fred Wilpon and company during the final days and weeks over what seemed to him like a done deal.
Bernie Madoff Ponzi avenger Irving Picard is doing something long-suffering Queens baseball fans have often dreamed of: He’s suing the owners of the New York Mets.
Of course, Mr. Picard isn’t seeking redress for the team’s ignominious standing in major-league baseball. Instead, he’s going after Mets owner Fred Wilpon, Sterling Equities and others Read More
My parents moved to Brooklyn in 1955 when I was almost two years old, and by the time I was four, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants had played their last home games in the five boroughs. Until Casey Stengel and the Mets arrived in 1962, the only baseball team in town was the Read More
Be sure never to consult the Mets’ book on public relations.
On Monday afternoon, Mets general manager Omar Minaya held a press conference to announce that the director of player development, Tony Bernazard, was being let go. This came days after Daily News Mets beat reporter Adam Rubin broke a story that Mr. Bernazard Read More
On a recent Saturday night at Citi Field, the Mets were getting killed. Down 5-0 in the top of the 9th inning, they had only one base hit, and were about to drop their third straight to the Yankees. In those three games, they had been outscored 29-1.
Late-night heroics didn’t appear to be Read More
Memo to Major League Baseball: Next season, if you want to put the Yankees-Mets series center stage, don’t schedule the games immediately after the Yankees play the Red Sox and the Mets play the Phillies. No Yankees-Mets series could ever be meaningless, but the one that starts tonight comes as close to feeling anticlimactic Read More
In this summer of our discontent, a season of buckling banks and wheezing newspapers, it might be well to remember that as far as crisis years go, 2009 is a wimp. But when it comes to New York City, disaster breeds resurrection.
As in: 40 years ago, 1969. Richard Nixon had been elected president Read More
UPDATED FROM ORIGINAL: But I don’t want to ruin the suspense either. So please read through to the bottom for some news!
The New York Post: Welcome back, holidaymakers! While we’ve been away the tabloids have been hard at it: there’s been more swine flu and even a giant tiny scary terrorist plot! We will Read More
New York Post: The trial of 84-year-old Anthony Marshall, son of the late great socialite and heiress Brooke Astor, has all the elements of a Trial of the Century: Every Monday through Thursday, muckraking journalists, the sliver of obsessed public, and various luminaries of the Manhattan social and charity circuit pack the lower Manhattan Read More