Found January 31, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
If you had asked me twelve months ago if the Wilpons should sell the Mets, I’d have been pretty emphatic in my support. In the six months that followed, new reports surfaced describing the debt the Mets were in and it seemed that number grew by $100 million from each report to the next. The most recent tally has it in the ballpark of $450 million. In the six months since then, I found my support for the “sell-sell-sell-sell” portion of the fan base waning (was there ever any other portion?) First it was a $40 million loan, then it was an extension on paying back last year’s $25 million loan. Then Bud Selig, the Wilpon’s biggest supporter, was extended two years in his position as Commissioner, and now it seems that over the last couple of months the stars have been aligning for the Wilpons in their effort to maintain control of the team. Irving Picard’s lawsuit, which itself is about as criminal as Bernie Madoff’s scheme, has not progressed the way the trustee of Madoff’s victims h...

Can Mike Pelfrey Bounce Back in 2012?

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Warthen Must Confront The Bad Habits Exhibited By Mets Pitchers

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Prospect Pulse: The 2012 Buffalo Bisons

And now for your amusement, Part 4 of the four part mini-series exclusive, right here on MMO. The internet place where baseball imagination runs rampant! First we brought you Part 1, which seemed like a good place to start, but it was so long ago that I forgot what it was about, so here’s the link: The 2012 Savannah Sand Gnats. Then we brought you Part 2, which makes perfect...

Still No Light At End Of The Tunnel

Pitchers and catchers report to St. Lucie in three weeks and where is the sense of optimism that comes with the approaching baseball season? In the past three years the Mets entered spring training without realistic hope save wishing they could muster a competitive season to keep their dwindling fan base interested and enthused. This year included. It is not healthy when the fans’...

Mets Card of the Week: 1987 Bob Ojeda

1987 SPORTFLICS BOB OJEDA These first-wave Sportflics cards deserve a cult of their own. Now, the less said about the mid ’90′s Second Coming of the brand, the better. Those sets were more Stone Roses Second Coming than the Jesus kind… But these mid ’80s cards were out there kicking against the pricks. The hobby back then was a stodgy place, and the cigar-chomping pot-bellied...

Mets Notes: Bucholz To Skip 2012, Ankiel Still On Mets Radar, Oberkfell To Bears

Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who has dealt with anxiety and depression issues throughout his career, plans to skip the 2012 season, agent David Pasti told ESPN New York. Buchholz signed with Mets last offseason and went on the DL on June 2 with what was announced as shoulder fatigue. But a month later both Buchholz and the Mets jointly announced that he was dealing with the emotional...

Murphy: We expect to go to the playoffs

#bbpBox_164499755324538880 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_164499755324538880 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Daniel Murphy on #Mets expectations this season: "We expect to go to the playoffs."11 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite@DPLennonDavid Lennon Love hearing stuff like that from the players on the team. Murphy is a winner and a hard...

Daniel Murphy: Spark plug

Well it’s suddenly February and that big football game is only a few days away. And you know what my favorite part of the Super Bowl is? No, the thought of seeing Tom Brady miserable, or seeing what kind of weird/creepy/funny commercial ETrade has in store for us. No, it’s more of the fact that as soon as the game is over, it’s baseball time. Pitchers and catchers are due...

Dickey reflects on charity climb at awards dinner

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