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Filed under: Baseball | Ex-Mets | Mets
by Kingman on May 31 at 8:40PM
Gary Carter, New York Mets
The Kingman family was away from Loge13 the long weekend. The news on Gary Carter is not good. Tonight doctors confirmed that Carter has glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

We are all rooting for the Kid to beat this bad news.

Here is the official release:

This evening, doctors at Duke University Hospital confirmed former Met Gary Carter has glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer which affects the central nervous system, and have released the following statement:

"The results of biopsies performed on the tumor in Gary Carter's brain have conclusively shown that Mr. Carter has a glioblastoma. While surgery is not a good option given the location of the tumor, we discussed an aggressive treatment plan with Mr. Carter and his family, which will include chemotherapy and radiation. Mr. Carter will be returning home to Florida to begin the next phase of his treatment, but we will continue to work closely with his medical team. Mr. Carter's youth, strong physical condition and fighting spirit will be to his advantage as his treatment commences. The outpouring of support for Mr. Carter has been incredible and we trust that his many friends and fans will join us in continuing to pray for him and his family."

The Carter family also issued the following statement about the diagnosis:

"While we are saddened by the news we received today, we take comfort in the overwhelming support and prayers that have been extended to our family during this difficult time. We have boundless faith and hope knowing that the Lord will help see us through the challenging weeks and months ahead. Gary is getting the best care possible and is blessed with an incredible support network including family, friends and loyal fans. Gary was always a fierce competitor on the baseball field and that same tenacity will help him not only fight but win this battle, so please join Team Carter and continue to pray with our family."







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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on May 26 at 9:09AM
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Reports are circulating today that the Mets may have selected a new partner, who would own less than 49 percent of the team and no chunk of SNY. That's what $200 million gets you these days? Geez.

According to the NYT:

"One possible bidder whose name emerged Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the bidding process, was David Einhorn, a Manhattan hedge-fund manager; he grew up in New Jersey and Milwaukee and masqueraded one Halloween as the former Met Dave Kingman when he was a five or six-year-old..."

You had me at "Kingman." Any kid who dressed up as Dave Kingman, then went on to be a billionaire, is OK in my book. Einhorn may be best known as the guy who called out Lehman Brothers before the Great Recession (as chronicled in Sorkin's book "Too Big To Fail").  Einhorn gave a speech at the Ira Sohn financial conference questioning the bank's accounting. And we all know how that turned out.

Assuming Einhorn gets a peek at  the Wilpon's books, he may be able to fix a few things out at Citi Field too, maybe even find enough change to keep Reyes around.

BTW Einhorn gave a speech yesterday at the same conference. According to one report:

"David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital spoke at the Ira Sohn Conference yesterday and gave a couple of investment ideas, and showed his love for baseball, by starting his presentation off with a quote from Ken Griffey Jr. and ended it with a "Let's go Mets" chant."



 




[May 26, 2011 9:54 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

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Last week, Loge13 wrote about the latest allegations about Sterling Equities and the Wilpons.

DyHrdMET commented:

"Fred Wilpon was either a great accomplice or a great patsy. But who do you think would play Fred Wilpon in the made-for-TV movie?"

Good question, DHM. It appears this week, Fred is content playing himself.


The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin has a lengthy feature on Fred Wilpon. The piece is part profile and part study of the Madoff scandal. Fred also has very striking things to say about his Mets, especially Wright, Reyes and Beltran, while watching an April 22nd game. The team was, shall we say, uninspirational at that time so the owner was surprisingly critical.

Some quotes:

"David Wright came to the plate. Wright, the team's marquee attraction, has started the season dreadfully at the plate. "He's pressing," Wilpon said. "A really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar."

"When Reyes started with the Mets, in 2003, just before his twentieth birthday, he was pegged as a future star. Injuries have limited him to a more pedestrian career, though he's off to a good start this season. "He thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money," Wilpon said, referring to the Red Sox' signing of the former Tampa Bay player to a seven-year, $142-million contract. "He's had everything wrong with him," Wilpon said of Reyes. "He won't get it."

"Ike Davis, the sophomore first baseman and the one pleasant surprise for the Mets so far this season, was up next. "Good hitter," Wilpon said. "Shitty team--good hitter." Davis struck out. Angel Pagan flied out to right, ending the Mets' threat. "Lousy clubs--that's what happens." Wilpon sighed. The Astros put three runs on the board in the top of the second.

"We're snakebitten, baby," Wilpon said."

Not sure if Fred is drinking during the games but he sounds an awful lot like some of us in Loge13. I'm not saying that's a good thing either.







[May 23, 2011 10:52 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

As if we needed any further proof, it's nice to see Mr. Wilponzi (nod to WFAN's Steve Somers) confirm what a jackass he really is. What owner, at least since Steinbrenner died, trashes his own team?

Fred - look into the mirror!! You're worse than every Met you mentioned! Please sell!!!

My vote to play Fred Wilponzi - Dick Van Dyke.

[May 25, 2011 5:21 AM]  |  link  |  reply
PPC Conversions man said

I do not like him either. Can they find a decent guy to replace him?

[May 25, 2011 11:03 AM]  |  link  |  reply
greek bumble bee said

Fellow Loge 13ers
Unless we stage mass protests at the games (really we should stay away) chanting "SELL THE TEAM" we are stuck with this Wilponzi nightmare forever. Even if he wins the Madoff lawsuit there will be no money to put into the team and he will not sell at thtat point. May as well go watch the Cyclones as they will be the same ones playing at SH--TI field soon.


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Filed under: Baseball | History | Mets
by Kingman on May 20 at 2:47PM
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I am stunned that the Yankee/Met subway series is 15 years old this year. I am still trying to get used to Intra-league play.

The first several years, I went to at least one subway series game. The games themselves were good but the crowds got a bit unruly. My cousin and I were at the very first game -- a.k.a. the Dave Mlicki game --  where a Yankee fan behind us physically assaulted a dude next to us who he incorrectly accused of cheering a Yankee injury. 

This weekend is critical for our Mets, no matter who they are playing. We are one game under .500 and finding ways to win, no matter who is hurt or what is falling from the sky. Loge13 gives Terry Collins alot of credit; lets hope he can keep the kids focused on the job at hand and not let them get knee deep in the hoopla.

Meanwhile, the NY Post is running a poll, asking who the "Least Valuable Player" is in Subway Series history.  They are looking at overall stats, which is fine. But for most Met fans, the LVP will always be Luis Castillo, who failed to make the candidate list. However, Clemens is on the poll. Despite his cheating steroid ways, Roger was Yankees 2-3, with 4.73 ERA  over five starts. Guess his HGH dealer was out of town those weekends. Feel free to vote early and often for this juicer.




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Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on May 20 at 11:50AM
Mr. Met
It's so strange. The Nationals came to town for two games this week. My brother, the turncoat Washington fan who sometimes haunts Loge13 under the moniker NatKiller, had very little to say before his boys arrived in Queens.

I also didn't hear from NatKiller during the week, when the Mets swept his desultory DC'ers.

Not that the Nats put up much of a fight. They scored a grand total of ZERO runs during their trip up north. Now I'm no good at math. Let me add up those figures again.

Yup the Nationals scored no runs in Queens.

They also almost got no hits yesterday, as the brilliant Dillon Gee kept the Nats off balance during his shutout victory.

With that victory, the Mets left the Nationals behind in last place, most likely for good.

And yet still no word from NatKiller. I hope he's OK.



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