Bernie Madoff and The Great New York Mets Swindle

Jason BurkeCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

4 Mar 2000: Owner Fred Wilpon of the New York Mets looks on during the Spring Training Game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 7-3.

Most mornings I find myself skimming through Mets news using various internet searches in a quest to suppress my opening day jitters--like I'm a junkie in need of a quick fix.

One day at a time. 

Until April 6th, anyway.

Happy to see that there is still some good in Oliver Perez. I uncovered a story in which Bernie Madoff's season tickets, residing directly behind home plate, are up for sale in an attempt to recoup part of the $50 billion lost in America's most infamous Ponzi scheme.

The special trustee handling the corporate bankruptcy for Madoff would like to unload the tickets for the bargain price $80,000.00. 


Personally, I'm waiting until Friday for my paycheck and after some bills I'll see what's left.  I don't think I can afford it, though.


For that matter, neither can the Mets.


Unfortunately, not only did Madoff's scheme rip off the likes of the average citizen up to the high and mighty, but its aftershocks will be felt by the fans on opening day.


Remember, the rouse was exposed the morning the J.J Putz deal was announced and by then K-Rod was already signed on board to cure what ailed the Mets.


It is no accident that while the best bargains of the decade laid in wait, The Mets marketing machine began pumping out that the team’s major holes had been plugged and moving forward only smaller, lesser moves were expected.


So, as the winter months moved to spring, I was forced to watch names like Orlando Hudson, Bobby Abreu, and Pat Burrell twist in the wind only to accept a fraction of their asking price.


I would have visions of Manny Ramirez protecting Wright and Beltran and wreaking havoc on National League pitching staffs, all the time knowing the dream would not come to pass.

But Bernie Madoff didn’t just swindle Fred Wilpon on his way to becoming the poster boy for what destroyed the American financial system.  In essence, we are all collateral damage to Bernie Madoff's rigged game.

On second thought, even if I could afford his tickets, I don't think I want them at this point.

Why would I want a front row seat to see what could've been?