Yesterday we linked to a story that I wrote over at Business Insider in which I speculated that if the Wilpon Family is forced to sell the Mets, Stuart Sternberg could emerge as a candidate to buy the team. In that story I laid out several reasons why I thought the Mets and Sternberg could be a good match.
Well, that story sure caused a sh*t-storm in the interwebs and on the airwaves.
To clarify…I never said Sternberg should sell the Rays. And I certainly never said I want Sternberg to sell the Rays. In fact, most of the piece is written from the perspective of Major League Baseball and the Mets and how Sternberg would be a good match for them.
To me, this is like a University of Florida alum that has coached the University of Houston to six straight bowl games. If the Florida job looks like it is going to come open, people are going to wonder if the Houston coach would get the gig.
But to act like I have offended the delicate sensibilities of a few people is just silly. I really doubt Sternberg was sitting up there in his Westchester home reading RI yesterday and going, “wait a minute, maybe I should buy the Mets!”
Of course some just wanted an excuse to bash me and this site (it is funny how many comments in that thread were written by people that clearly never read the post in question). Which is fine. As a man wiser than me once said, there are two kinds of people who read this site, those that like it and those that really hate it. We cater to those that like it, but we do it for those that hate it.
And others got really offended and wanted to misrepresent what I wrote by speculating (ironic, isn’t it?) about why the piece was written. Which again, is fine. On a side note, it is both funny and sad how every time Jason links to something I wrote he goes out of his way to make sure his readers know that he found the link laying on a sidewalk somewhere and that he never visits my website. Jason, nobody gives a shit, so just shut up.
In the end, if I were a gambling man, I’d say Sternberg is still the owner of the Rays for the foreseeable future. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Wilpon mess gets worse and Sternberg makes a play.
After all, if you were Sternberg, wouldn’t you stop and say to yourself from time-to-time, “Damn, I’m good at this. Imagine what I could do if I had more resources.”