ORLANDO, Florida. – The silver lining for the Wilpons on this dark day in the middle of this dark week came to the reality that they weren't even close to being the number one enemy of the state among their owners when the gentlemen of the mansion, among whom baseball had gathered their billions.
Bow down, Houston Astros – and hire a bodyguard. It has probably turned out to be the best that Astros owner Jim Crane has skipped the first owner meetings since the confirmation of the theft of signs from his employees has surfaced.
However, the Wilpons' plight also caused a lot of chatter, which was highlighted by curiosity and concern. Curiosity about what prevented current Mets owners from selling their beloved club to hedge fund magnate Steve Cohen. And concerns about the next step for a jewelry franchise.
We can play the blame game until Jarred Kelenic's introduction to the Hall of Fame. The key question remains, what now for the Mets and their troubled administrators?
Sterling Partners, the Wilpons company, released a statement on Thursday evening: "Sterling now intends to complete a new transaction and has commissioned Allen & Company to manage the process." The Mets remain on sale, in other words, their successor The dilemma does not magically disappear with the implosion of the Cohen deal. But these Mets owners, who seem to be struggling with so many little things, can find a buyer as tempting as Cohen seemed two months ago, at a price close to $ 2.6 billion to which Cohen originally conceded?
Look, when a dumpster fire like this produces so wildly divergent reports of what happened, the truth is typically somewhere in the middle. But the Wilpons come under pressure due to their general history of inability and their specific dance history that they did with hedge fund magnate David Einhorn almost nine years ago, only that this agreement will also lapse.
This time, however, the fan base is particularly impressed, as Cohen has a reputation for being a great swinger who actively followed Mookie Betts and loved to stick to the Yankees. Who would have found his version of Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein, or Andrew Friedman to lead a baseball operations department that would have invested not only in MVP talent, but also enough performance science and analytical technology to run Citi Field like NORAD to look like? Head office in "WarGames".
If there is someone as prominent and laden as Cohen, he successfully flies under the radar. For this reason, you still cannot completely rule out reconciliation with Cohen – how about if Cohen the Wilpons with his "As an 8% owner, I look forward to a higher bid" Jab? – until the time someone is others take the reins of the Mets.
Officials at these meetings were confused and disappointed, some with Cohen for what they saw as late claims (including a reduction in the purchase price), others with the Wilpons for messing up another deal. On the one hand, the National League teams in particular benefit from a Mets team that whirls around, occasionally stumbles to success, but shoots itself in the foot far more often. All in all? A rising tide in Queens lifts all baseball boats. Imagine the Mets would work as smoothly as the Dodgers or the Yankees and how much the whole sport would win.
When the unicorn talks broke up, the Wilpons survived by selling small portions of the team to other parties, including Cohen. They enjoyed a moment of justification and prosperity when they qualified for the 2015 World Series and delighted their emotionally stricken fan base and gift. The fantastic Citi Field is a well-deserved platform. However, this was not the last time the Mets had recently returned to the red, and a similar strategy would not solve the problem of team president Saul Katz (Fred Wilpons Schwager).
Such an internal rescue will not take place this time, the Mets have already announced. At the moment, however, the status quo is in place: a dark cloud hovering over a 2020 Mets season, despite a roster that could be competitive and entertaining. A potentially large franchise that cannot live up to its potential. And a little bit different, we are all smarter than ever before not counting Wilpon Mets chickens unless they actually hatch.