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Let’s not forget Dave Howard’s appearance (via telephone) on the Fox Business Channel in August 2009, where he confronted reports that the Mets would have to sell.
He called claims that the Wilpons would sell was “flat-out wrong,” “false,” “irresponsible,” “very disturbing,” “outrageous” and “unfounded,” noting that the team was “not for sale, in whole or in part.”

TBF and I communicate via text message when things are important during the day, since I live in email and he does not. Mostly it’s me sending him news, whether it’s alternate side parking being suspended, Bruce Springsteen being spotted somewhere, Supreme Court decisions, and, of course, the Mets. The quote above is what I got back in email less than five minutes after alerting him to the latest Wilpon situation. Elephants and TBF, they do not forget, not when it comes to the New York Mets.

I’m not going to pretend that I have any insight into this situation, at least not any you haven’t read about already. I said something like “Now I will never ever again believe the Wilpons in regards to their financial situation” to which my friends replied, “That implies that you once did.” And that, of course, isn’t true either: I’ve viewed the entire post-Madoff posturing as a smokescreen, as an inability to deal with reality, at the last attempt of an ancient regime to maintain a veneer of power, as nothing more than a version of PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN.

The day of reckoning is approaching.

In the Sandy Alderson call in December, I asked him about his approach to new media and how he prevents it from being a distraction. Little did I know what kind of distraction we were going to have to deal with in 2011.

I have no confidence that they will find an investor willing to give them that much cash and have no voice in the team. I don’t believe this is the end of it. I do believe it will only get worse.

What can I do about it? Nothing. We have our tickets for 2011 – purchased not from the Mets, but from an entirely reasonable full season ticket holder, but that is for another post at another time – and it will be baseball and when I am sitting up in Section 514 I will not be thinking about the Wilpons’ money messes. I can only hope that the baseball I am watching will be a sufficient distraction.

I don’t want to say something like “I am not particularly bothered by the travails of the multi-millionaire” but I am not, in a week in which the world is standing upside down I cannot care very much about the millions of a private individual. I certainly do not feel very sorry for them.

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