Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Talkin' Shirt, Part 2 (Mets Fans, Unite)

For the record, I think Metsgrrl (in the post prior) is probably more worried about some of the bootleg Mets shirts being hawked on a new fansite, As picked up by the NYT:

The latest installment of this enduring tragicomedy comes from two fans who are selling blue T-shirts with “Madoff” printed on the front in orange script, evoking the “Mets” emblazoned on the team’s uniforms.

The shirt is an obvious reference to the troubles of the Wilpon and Katz families. The trustee representing the victims of the fraud orchestrated by Bernard L. Madoff has sued the Mets’ owners and is seeking $1 billion.

The uncertainty surrounding the lawsuit prompted the Mets to seek buyers for as much as 25 percent of the club. The potential sale has sent yet more shivers through Mets fans, who were already disheartened by the collapses in 2007 and 2008 and fourth-place finishes in 2009 and 2010.

The fans’ Web site,, went live Wednesday and the first few dozen shirts were quickly sold for $20 each. Several hundred more have been ordered.

The creators of the shirts are longtime Mets fans who asked not to be named because they did not want their professional reputations compromised and because they have friends who lost money in Madoff’s scheme. They created the shirts mostly as a way to laugh at the absurdity of the Mets’ situation.

Wait a minute, you mean to tell me there are some fans of a specific MLB team who set up their own blog anonymously, as to maintain their professional reputations? Sounds like an interesting idea.