Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/9/13

26 Oct 1998: Mike Piazza of the New York Mets shakes hands with Mets Owners Fred Wilpon (R) and Nelson Doubleday (L) during a Press Conference in New York City, New York. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport
People wonder how the Wilpons could be losing money when MLB is awash in media profits. How the biggest baseball market in the world could feature a team with dwindling gate proceeds. How a team that owns its own network, boasting a brand spanking new stadium with bells and whistles galore and an excellent selection of tasty treats and luxury boxes could drop 93 million over two seasons. As crazy as it sounds it should be difficult for a major league baseball team to do poorly in N.Y., and yet the Wilpons have managed it with astonishing aplomb. It’s not easy, just as it isn’t easy to wake up one morning and find out you’re 500 million dollars poorer. I get really upset if I lose a quarter in the seat cushions. The Wilpons are not just bad owners, they are bad gardeners. Failures at just having to stand around and watch stuff grow, even though they have the finest fertilizer (from all the stiffs who’ve crapped the field), a just right amount of sunlight (from all the greenhouse gass...
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