Posted May 23, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Mets owner bucks shots at players


The Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon decided to buck shots at some of his players in an extensive New Yorker article recently. He criticized Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and David Wright. There is speculation of his involvement with the Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:

The embattled owner, who became ensnared in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and is now being sued for more than $1 billion by the trustee trying to recover funds for Madoff victims, tells the magazine:

  • Shortstop Jose Reyes will not be getting a super-huge contract from the Mets. “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money,” Wilpon says, referring to Crawford’s seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. “He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”
  • On right fielder Carlos Beltran, Wilpon mentions Beltran’s huge postseason with the Houston Astros in 2004 and says, referring to himself: “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series. He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was.”
  • About David Wright: “Really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
  • On whether the franchise might be snakebit, Wilpon makes another pointed Beltran reference. Author Jeffrey Toobin writes: “At one point, I mentioned to Wilpon the theory that the Mets might be cursed. He gave a sort of half laugh, and said, ‘You mean’ — and then pantomimed a checked swing of the bat. Any Mets fan (I am one) would understand the reference. The Mets took the 2006 National League Championship Series to a seventh game against the Cardinals.”