Friday, February 11, 2011

Larry Smith: Mets Have Option In Brooklyn Should Things Get Really Bad

All across the country people are walking away from mortgages and other financial obligations. In some cases young people are moving back in with their parents and in other cases they are walking away from their homes and finding other places to live.

The Mets, or at least their owners, are finding themselves in a similar situation. It seems like the debt service on sparkling new CitiField is one of numerous financial encumbrances that the team may not have funds to pay for. After paying Ollie Perez, Castillo, Beltran, Bay and the others, how much really is left? Not to mention how that Picard guy wants up to $1 billion to bury the Madoff affair.

So the team has been exploring its options. After all, if they decide to walk away from Citi then they still need some place to play.

Their first thought was just to go back to familiar old Shea Stadium. It certainly lacked the bells and whistles of the new digs but it was home for over 40 years - and it was cheap!

Unfortunately it's been torn down (the Polo Grounds too in case the team really wanted to reach back).
So it's been determined that if the Mets can't continue to afford to play at CitiField they will move in with.....
the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The Mets' NY-Penn League team plays in a pretty stadium called MCU Park. The Mets would play home games there. When it was pointed out to a top Mets official (who prefers to remain nameless and faceless) that MCU Park only can seat 7500 fans we were told, "just how many times this coming season will we ever have to worry about having more fans than that for a game?"

Some of the Mets hitters are down with the idea admitting how it's close to impossible to reach the seats at CitiField. One thirdbaseman (also preferring to not be quoted by name) said, "The place probably will be quiet with so few seats but if it helps me hit 30 homers again I'm all for it."

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Story by Larry Smith.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight

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