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.