By Mike Steffanos
Of course, we've heard stuff like that before, but it makes sense that there would be a push to get something done with spring training almost here. I don't know about you, but it would be quite a relief to me to stop having to read speculative stories every day on who the Mets might sign to pitch.
Regular readers have probably noted that I have been MIA for a couple of days. I had a work project Friday evening that went horribly, horribly wrong. I was up until 7:30 am Saturday pulling out what was left of my hair.
I got a couple of hours sleep and then I went down to Stamford to meet a fellow blogger, Joe Janish (my first interview
victim subject). I managed to get enough caffeine in me to make it down there and had a good time.
Joe was doing an interview with Kerel Cooper, who does a video baseball blog at OntheBlack.com. Also being interviewed were Dave Doyle of The Mets Report and Andrew Vazzano of The 'Ropolitans. I only caught the end of it, but it seemed like a lively one. Check it out at Kerel's blog, which I have added a link to on the sidebar.
I was a little beat, but I enjoyed talking baseball with fellow Mets fans and bloggers, something I don't get to do very often living so far from New York. I also have 3 new potential interview
I crashed pretty early Saturday night, and Sunday I was still feeling it, so I decided to take the rest of the weekend off. I want to catch up on some work stuff, and then I'll try to get around to finishing that multi-part post on the Mets payroll this week.
Finally, when I wrote that piece about unscrupulous politicians trying to make a case that Citigroup could somehow "cancel" their deal with the Mets for the Citi Field naming rights, I got some weird emails from people thinking I was pro-Citigroup.
If you read what I've actually written on the subject, you'll see I've never defended Citigroup which, along with the other financial institutions taking our tax dollars in bailouts, deserves condemnation for the greed and short-sightedness behind the business decisions that put us all in this mess. Certainly if Citibank goes under eventually this naming rights deal is moot.
What I find annoying here is that these pols are perpetuating a fraud on the public that Citigroup could unilaterally pull out of this deal if they wished to. As anyone who ever signed a contract for anything knows, it's not that simple.
From the Mets point of view, they have a valid contract signed by both parties in good faith at a time before this mess started. They have no responsibility for what Citigroup did wrong. Although some Mets fans think that the Mets should just walk away from this deal, I can't blame them for not wanting to kiss away $20 million a year. Certainly in this economy they're not going to get a new sponsor for anything close to that.
Again, I have to point out that the Mets did nothing wrong here. I may have a lot of places where I disagree with what the franchise is doing, but it's simplistic and somewhat foolish to think that $20 million (which I'm sure is part of their budget already) isn't a lot of money.
I do think the Mets are underestimating how much negative publicity they are going to get from this, and also how long it will last. At the very least I still believe they would be well advised to see if something couldn't be renegotiated as a sign of good faith right now, but that's up to them. It's still wrong for unscrupulous pols to oversimplify a complicated matter just to score cheap political points. It's just not that easy, and they know better.
Speaking of politics, despite the fact that I am a Democrat of liberal leanings, I very, very seldom make any political mention in this blog. I understand you're here to read about the Mets, not politics. I would appreciate if we could keep partisan politics out of the comments, too.
By the way, Joel Sherman is reporting that Perez is a done deal, pending a physical.