Mets owner Fred Wilpon announced Friday that he is looking to sell a 20-25 percent stake in the club in order to secure funds that will help his family bounce back from their involvement with Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme. A ton of bargain hunters have already stepped forward, including a group of investors led by Martin Luther King III.
But it’s not all gloom and doom this weekend for the Mets and their fans.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York heard from a source on Sunday afternoon that Major League Baseball plans to award the 2013 All-Star Game to Citi Field. The Mets last hosted an All-Star Game in 1964, the debut season for Shea Stadium.
For a variety of reasons — none of which make much sense — an official announcement probably won’t be made for another couple of months, but Rubin isn’t the only reporter who is relaying the news.
The 2011 All-Star Game will be held at the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field and the 2012 All-Star Game will be held at the Royals’ newly renovated Kauffman Stadium.
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.