The Wilpons’ finances have been a sore subject dating back to their involvement in the Madoff scandal. As the Mets’ payroll decreased to comical levels in the years that followed, owner Fred Wilpon has given very few comments to the media, which has only fueled the anger and vitriol from the fan base. Even a trip to the World Series couldn’t solve it, as the club appeared to be going cheap this winter before they surprised the baseball world last month by bringing back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on a three-year, $75 million contract. As Mike Puma of the New York Post notes, the vibes are a bit better at Mets camp these days:
This is legitimately funny, perhaps because it’s hard to shake the notion that he might actually be serious? Anyway, well played, Mr. Wilpon.
The big news, of course, is Ichiro’s retirement. But there was a baseball game that counted today as well and the Mariners took it. Seattle beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings to sweep the two-game Japan Series.
Ichiro may have taken an 0-for-4 in his last game, but Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, staking Seattle to a 3-0 lead after three. The A’s picked up two in the fifth and Seattle added one via a Jay Bruce sac fly to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Oakland tied things back up, ultimately sending it to extras when Khris Davis singled in Matt Chapman in the seventh. Davis would blow a chance to put Oakland ahead in the 11th when he struck out with the bases loaded.
In the twelfth, Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s win in the opener on Wednesday, beat out a would-be double-play with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead and, ultimately, winning run.
The rebuilding Mariners are now 2-0 on the young year. The A’s, who won 97 games last year, are 0-2. Viva the smallest of sample sizes.