That headline doesn’t really make sense but I sorta like the way “rooting for Madoff” rolls off your tongue.
In actuality I’m rooting for the $1 Billion lawsuit to bring down the Wilpons and force them to sell the Mets.
It sounds crazy to be rooting against your owners but I gotta say every single Met fan I’ve spoken to since this ugliness broke is hoping for the exact same thing.
I believe there are 2 main reasons for this wickedly negative sentiment:
• FIRST: No one trusts Jeff Wilpon to be the sole majority owner of this team.
You gotta respect Fred, he’s a self-made man and I’ve always seen him as a respectable guy –although not so much anymore. But at least Fred keeps Jeff in check. I’ve heard some employees speculate that Jeff had aspirations to be GM — yikes!
Unfortunately once Fred is dead and the silver spoon Jeff, who’s accomplished nothing on his own, will have no one to answer to and will likely run the organization (even more) into the ground.
• SECOND: This ponzi business all smells so dirty. The more that comes out the more it looks like the Wilpons knew they were complicit in some wrong doing.
The NYT reported Fred was angered by Saul Katz saying “no one knows how he does it!” regarding Madoff’s returns.
Y’know I might give them the benefit of the doubt if this was the first ponzi scheme they were caught up in but it wasn’t — it was the Wilpons SECOND time investing in some crooks ponzi scheme.
Seriously who gets ponzi’ed TWICE?!?
If you’ve already been through a ponzi wouldn’t you be suspicious if you were getting ridiculous returns and “no one knows how he did it”???
I’m point blank not buying that the Wilpons weren’t aware something was wrong. They may not have known exactly what was up but if they didn’t know something was amiss they’re such horrible business men they don’t deserve to own a team.