The New York Mets have long benefited from the Dodgers' idiocy, from landing Mike Piazza and Pedro Martinez to former Dodger Paul "F*** the Dodgers" Lo Duca being hand-fed both Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew at home plate during the 2006 NLDS.
But since that ill-fated double dip, the Metropolitans' fortunes have taken a decided turn. They've returned the favor to Dodger fans, with bloated payrolls and poor contract decisions (Oliver Perez? Jason Bay?) helping take the sting off our own shortcomings.
And like a hemophiliac blood donor, the Mets aren't done giving. The more I read about this bombshell lawsuit filed against against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz by Madoff trustee Irving Picard, the more it smacks of phrases Dodger fans have become used to.
"Could drag on for years." "Might have to sell the team." "Fans have reason to worry." Somewhere, Padres fans are sipping their post-divorce cocktails and looking forward to rebuilding their team. Dodger fans are in limbo, and Mets fans are just entering lawsuit hell. Enjoy!
More scandalous Mets reading:
- The Know-Nothing Mets? There’s a Pattern Here (George Vecsey, New York Times — includes dirt on recent Mets embarrassments, including Steve Phillips, Charlie Samuels and Tony Bernazard. 3:15 a.m. firing of Willie Randolph not mentioned)
- Wilpon’s Ownership of Mets Is Threatened (New York Times)
- Wilpons are in trouble, no matter what (Ian O'Connor, ESPNNewYork.com)