Monday, May 23, 2011

McCourt: "I'll Have What Wilpon's Having"

What does one do when getting sued, facing another mediocre season, losing money hand over fist and... the difference from the Dodgers... paying out $30 million to Bobby Bust-illa? Lash out at the entire team.

Enjoy the wit and wisdom of Fred Wilpon.

(On David Wright) "A really good kid," Wilpon said. "A very good player. Not a superstar."

Of Reyes, a shortstop who will be a free agent after the season, Wilpon was quoted saying, "He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money. He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it."

Beltran also is an impending free agent and a likely candidate to be shipped out by July's trade deadline. Wilpon criticized himself for agreeing to give the center fielder a seven-year, $119 million contract after he hit .435 with eight home runs in the 2004 postseason for the Astros, who lost in the NLCS to the Cardinals.

We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series," Wilpon said, referring to his idea to sign Beltran, who has been slowed by knee injuries but has played better as a right fielder than expected this season. "He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was. Wilpon, whom the magazine interviewed when the team was 5-13 and had the worst record in the National League, also called the Mets "lousy."

Wilpon praised second year first baseman Ike Davis, but also took another shot at the team. “Good hitter,” Wilpon said. “Sh--- team.”

Somewhere (very hot) George Steinbrenner is smiling.