My grandfather enjoyed baseball, definitely not a diehard fan, but a fan nonetheless. He said it was disappointing hearing about the Dodgers move to Los Angeles. When I asked what he thought about the Mets playing in Queens, he said, “We needed the Mets in the worst way. We needed a second rate team to make fun of”.
True, the Mets get ragged on by a lot by people. Sometimes, it’s easier than others.
The Mets involvement in the Madoff Scandal is a messy situation. One that no one should be in. So till I see more information, I won’t give them a hard time about it.
However, today is a different day, and another chance to point out the “case of crazy” that’s swept the front office.
Because financially hurting from the Madoff Scandal and a brand new empty stadium isn’t enough; the Mets will give ex-slugger, Bobby Bonilla, $1.2 Million annually for the next 25 years! That’s about 30 MILLION DOLLARS!!!
It’s no secret that Bonilla was a flop for the Mets, and by 1999, they were desperate to lose him. So the Mets gave him an offer. Defer his $5.9 million dollars the team owed him in his final year, and get paid retroactively starting in 2011 with 8% compound interest.
Well that time is here, and instead of paying him $6 million, the Mets need to pay him $30 million!!! Oh, and let’s not forget that Bonilla is still on the Orioles and MLB payroll.
Can I blame Bonilla? Absolutely not!
Regardless of his character or his once athletic playing abilities, he made a sound financial investment. One that will pay-off over the next 25-years! You can’t blame the man for hiring the right people to handle his bank account.
As for the Mets, well, what can you say?
This is flat out idiotic. I would love to interview the person from the Mets organization that thought this was a good idea about 12 years ago. I was still in high school at the time this decision was made, and anybody from my math or economics class could’ve figured this was a bad idea.
I’m not even going to blame all of the Mets for this decision. But come on!!! Give Met fans a reason to be excited about your team. It’s deplorable!!!
News of the Bonilla incident resurfaced the same day as their star third baseman (David Wright) was diagnosed with a lower back stress fracture. It doesn’t take a doctor to know how serious and how painful it must be. Wright is the star face of the Mets. Hell, I’m a Yankee fan, and even I like David Wright. It couldn’t get any worse for the Mets right now.
And Yes, I know I’m saying this, as my Yankees are a mess. Still, the Yanks are nowhere near as bad as this.