It was all a lie.

Remember how the New York Mets played the victim card again and again and again this summer? Stories constantly appearing about how the Mets were somehow out of money because they were the victims of Wall Street scam artist Bernie Madoff?

Lies. All lies.

It is true that Madhoff and Mets owner Fred Wilpon had been friends since childhood. It’s also true that Wilpon and the Mets invested millions of dollars with Madhoff. What’s NOT true is all those stories this summer that the Mets were in danger of going broke because of Madoff. In fact, they never lost a dime.

Let’s review. For the first time in history, the Mets got to act like a “small market” team this year. They had a $150 million payroll this past season and STILL got to plead poverty. Using a minimum wage earning first baseman who hits 12 homers? Blame Bernie Madoff. When Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, Carlos Delgado and more than a dozen other players went on the DL, the Mets never replaced a one of them. Blame it on Bernie. The result was a frustrating, miserable 70-92 season. The Mets were the biggest underachievers in baseball. The most insane stat in baseball this year was that at one point the Mets had $88 million worth of players on the disabled list. That’s not the fault of Mets ownership and management. Failing to replace those players with competent Major Leaguers was.

The Mets constantly cried poor all year. This was during a year of record revenues. Remember, the Mets opened Citi Field this season. That stadium was built with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. The Mets also got another $400 million from Citi Bank for naming rights (which most people would argue was ALSO taxpayer money.) Despite a nationwide economic meltdown, the Mets brought in record revenues from ticket sales, naming rights, tv money and certainly luxury suites. Yet they continued to cry poor. Thank you Bernie Madoff!

Using court records from the Madoff bankruptcy hearings, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times have detailed articles about how the Mets actually MADE money off Madoff, the now-jailed, scumbag financier. According to the Journal, the Mets “made money off Madoff.” A lot of money. In fact, the Journal says that Madoff made the Mets a $48 MILLION PROFIT. The Times article reveals that the Mets pulled $570.5 million IN CASH out of two accounts before the Madhoff ponzi scam collapsed upon itself. The Mets never lost a cent because of Bernie Madhoff.

The bottom line is the Mets took a tragic incident and used it for their own benefit. Shamefully and deceptively. There were thousands of real victims of Bernie Madoff. The Mets just weren’t one of them.




Why all of this is relevant TODAY is that it shows, once again, what an incompetent fool Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is. The Mets/Madoff story comes out on the same day as a story that NBA owner Mark Cuban was not only denied a chance to buy the Chicago Cubs, but the Pittsburgh Pirates as well. Cuban says he tried to buy the Pirates but was once again rebuffed by Major League Baseball.

Why would baseball reject a proven GREAT sports owner like Cuban? Simple, he would actually spend money on his baseball team. That’s the last thing Selig wants. Mark Cuban would walk through the door and INSTANTLY turn the losingest team in baseball history around. That would explode the “big market” vs “small market” myth for all-time. Fans buy into the “small market” lie hook, line and sinker. Reality is that when Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad died he was worth 1,000 x more money than George Steinbrenner. He just CHOSE not to spend money on his own baseball team. Money that Pohlad made initially by foreclosing on family farms during the depression (and throwing women and orphans out into the Minnesota snow), and money he kept on making right up through the’90s and 2000s as the guy who invented ATM fees. Pohlad apparently thought he COULD take his money with him when he died earlier this year at the age of 93. Ever see the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” ? Pohlad was the real-life Mr. Potter. Apparently, it’s true. Only the good die young.




Selig ALWAYS favors “small market” owners who screw their cities and its fans over while simultaneously refusing to spend any money on their  own teams and players. Like Pohlad and Lawrence Dolan of the Cleveland Indians. Dolan is part of the richest and most evil family cabal in cable television. His nephew destroyed the New York Knicks. When Dolan took over the Indians in 2000, they were a model professional sports organization. The Indians were coming off five straight first-place/playoff appearances. The Indians still had on their roster star young players that the organization had signed, developed and (most importantly) KEPT. Players like Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Charles Nagy, and Bartolo Colon. There were other great players like Omar Vizquel, Robbie Alomar, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga and David Justice that the team acquired. Youngsters like C.C. Sabathia and Victor Martinez were waiting in the Indians farm system. The fans were thrilled. Cleveland made two World Series trips in three years and fans rewarded the club by buying up every ticket to every game for eight straight seasons. Local tv ratings were astronomical. Then came Dolan.

The Indians have made the playoffs once in the last eight years and are now a last place team. They lost 97 games in 2009. Not only that, but attendance has dropped almost in half-from 3,456,278 in 2000 to just 1,766,242 this season. Under Dolan, the Indians have won 35 fewer games and lost 1,690,000 fans compared to their team from nine years ago. Tv ratings have also plummeted with the Indians falling behind the LeBron James led Cavaliers of the NBA and football’s Browns. To Selig, this represents a huge success. Why? Because Lawrence Dolan has LOWERED payroll. The Indians spent $93 million on salaries the year Dolan took over. This year, their payroll was $81 million. Next year it will be under $60 million. Success! At least in the only way that Bud Selig measures it.




Selig has ruined the sport of baseball by populating it with owners that don’t give a damn about the sport in general and their own teams in particular. It’s fashionable for some people to call the President of the United States a “Communist” these days. He’s not. Barack Obama is not a Communist. Bud Selig is. He truly believes in the mantra, “From Each According To His Ability, To Each According To His Need.” That’s what baseball revenue sharing is. The New York Yankees should take some of their hard-earned money and give it to the Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals. Just because they exist. How in the hell is that NOT Communism?

So, the next time you’re watching television and Glenn Beck or anyone else comes on and is looking in Washington for “Communists,” tell him to lay off Van Jones and go to New York. Look under the rock that Bud Selig is hiding beneath.

You’ll find your “Communist.”




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