MLK’s son, Martin Luther King III, is interested in buying the New York Mets. The community activist and son of one of the greatest civil rights leaders is apart of a bidding group along with former Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool, Donn Clendenon Jr. (son of 1960 Mets’ World Series MVP) and television executive Larry Meli. The group is flying to New York to meet with Mets owner Fred Wilpon. The Wilpon’s are looking to sell between 20-25% of the team. Recently, the Wilpons were named in a lawsuit on behalf of the victims of the Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Who would have thought Martin Luther King and Bernie Madoff in the same sentence?
With all the snow the East Coast has gotten this winter, former NY Mets manager Bobby Valentine has found a job for the off season. Valentine was named director of public safety of Stanford, Connecticut, watch as he directs traffic in the latest blizzard.
A sports fans worst nightmare is a major contract flop. The New York Mets signed pitcher Oliver Perez to a 3-year, $36 million contract, and Perez has not lived up to expectations. This past season, Perez was 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA (Earned Run Average). Perez even refused to be reassigned to the Triple-A, so the Mets could bring up another pitcher from the minors. Now, Mets fans are taking matters into their own hands and are raising money to buy out Perez’s contract. There is $12 million left on the deal. The fan in charge of fund-raising will be collecting money until February 13, when pitchers have to report for off-season workouts.