“The love of the game and this city is in my DNA,” Wilpon said. “I’ve lived here all my life. People have asked me why I am building a smaller stadium . I didn’t build a smaller stadium to make money. I’m doing it because that is the way to give fans the best experience of being close, like in Ebbets Field.”
About a week and a half ago we published who are the real and the fake owners of numbers 1 – 4 for the Mets http://themetspolice.blogspot.com/2008/04/whos-1.html
As this is an angoing series, here are numbers 5 through 10 (once again thanks to Mets By The Numbers):
Rightful Owner(s): Davey Johnson & David Wright
Rent-A-Met: John Olerud
Comment: Wright will never be the only owner of tha number regardless of what he does. As for Olerud, most of that 1999-2000 team was rented.
Rightful Owner(s): Al Weiss & Wally Backman
Rent-A-Met: Daryl Boston
Comment: Sadly Wally is still persona non grata in most MLB circles. As for Boston……nop, got nothing
Rightful Owner(s): Ed Kranepool & Jose Reyes
Rent-A-Met: Juan Samuel
Comment: I still cringe when I think about all we gave up for….ugh…Juan Samuel. Hell I still remember where I was when I heard the news (on a train between Limerick and Galwayin Ireland. I think I screamed.)
Rightful Owner(s): Nobody
Rent-A-Mets: Yogi Berra & Gary Carter
Comment: Yogi was and always will be a Yankee. Gary – as much as he may have loved NY and was the final piece of the 86 puzzle – was an Expo.
Rightful Owner(s): Todd Hundley
Rent-A-Met(s): Joe Torre & Todd Zeile
Comment: Torre the player was a Brave – Torre the manager was a Yankee. The fact that he transitioned as a Met doesn’t make him a Met.
Rightful Owner(s): Rusty Staub
Comment: Rusty wore 4 with his first stint, but was in 10 much longer. And yeah, he was an All-Star 6 times elsewhere and never with the Mets – but he played more years here than anywhere else.
11 through 15 next week.
“It’s funny becuase we had their number for about a year and a half, leading into the end of last year – actually I think they swept us last time we were there”
Um, Mr. Manager sir – prior to this weekend the Mets – the team you manage – was 15-1 in Phoenix going back to 2005. You would think the manager should know this.
It got worse – Mad Dog tried to point out that no, the Diamondbacks swept the Mets at Shea last year. Willie tried to recover, insisting that Arizona had at least taken 2 of 3 the last time the Mets were there.
Seriously – when your team has dominated another team so decisevely how can you not know this?
So I guess it should come as no surprise that the eventual demolition of Shea and Yankee Stadiums will create a wealth of souveniers. Technically the city owns both ballparks and everything in them – but both teams want to buy the salvage rights from the city. When you factor in all the seats, signs, even phones, each park could gross upwards of $20 million. Guess the inflated ticket prices and all those new suites in Corporate Field aren’t enough for the Wilpon family.