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Quote of the Day: Fred Wilpon finally comes clean

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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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.