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Man Honors Childhood Friend ... by Flushing His Ashes

Tom McDonald has flushed Roy Riegel's ashes at 16 MLB ballparks

(Newser) - "I went to the bathroom, and I was like, I know what to do," Tom McDonald tells the New York Daily News . Roy Riegel, McDonald's childhood friend and fellow New York Mets superfan, died in 2008 at the age of 48. McDonald kept Riegel's ashes in... More »

Tebow Legend Now Includes Mashed Tater in 1st Pro At-Bat

He didn't Tebow on home plate, though

(Newser) - The legend of Tim Tebow got another chapter Wednesday when he hit a home run (video here ) in his first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets organization, Deadspin reports. Even more impressive, it was on the first pitch the former NFL quarterback saw as a professional... More »

Tim Tebow Is Officially a Baseball Player

New York Mets sign him to minor league contract

(Newser) - Tim Tebow has indeed found himself a career in baseball —but it's not the major league deal he was hoping for. The New York Mets have signed the former NFL quarterback to a minor league contract, reports NBC New York . He'll join the Mets' instructional league, which... More »

Exec: Mets Fired Me for Having Baby Out of Wedlock

Woman says COO Jeff Wilpon humiliated her

(Newser) - An executive who says her former job handling ticket sales for the New York Mets was like "selling deck chairs on the Titanic" filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that the team's co-owner and COO got rid of her because she had a baby without being married, the New ... More »

50 Cent Throws Out Awful First Pitch

Rapper nearly hits cameramen

(Newser) - 50 Cent probably shouldn't quit his day job. The rapper threw out the first pitch for the New York Mets at Citi Field last night, and, well, it went really wide—and almost hit some cameramen. The video, of course, quickly went viral. The New York Daily News calls... More »

Mets Send 'Seinfeld' the Chicken Down ...to Sanctuary

Bird didn't bring much luck against Yankees

(Newser) - The New York Mets' roster acquired a new member last week, but he's not too good with a glove. After a teammate called the Yankees "chickens," appropriately-named pitcher Tim Byrdak bought the team a pet chicken for luck ahead of a series against the Yanks. Unfortunately, it... More »

Bill Maher Buys Stake in Mets

Helps favorite team battle through debt

(Newser) - The Mets have found an unlikely hero: Lifelong fan Bill Maher has snapped up a minority stake in the team as it struggles to overcome its debt . He says he was inspired to make the purchase after reading that the owners were selling a dozen such stakes. "First of... More »

Mets’ Owners Settle Madoff Case for $162M

Money to come from bosses' payout as Madoff victims

(Newser) - The New York Mets' owners have avoided a trial over what they knew about Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme by settling today with the trustee for Madoff victims for $162 million, the New York Times reports. Trustee Irving Picard had sued Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz for $1 billion (later... More »

Mets Owners Owe $83M in Madoff Case

Trustee Irving Picard will get his day in court

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff's historic Ponzi scheme is finally dragging the New York Mets to court. A judge ruled today that the team's owners must return up to $83 million withdrawn from Madoff's firm and go to trial over whether they ignored warning signs of the investment scam, MarketWatch... More »

Mets' Owners Won't Lose All Their Madoff Money

Judge gives partial victory to both sides in lawsuit

(Newser) - The New York Mets' owners may have to return some of $300 million in profits they made dealing with Bernie Madoff, but their $700 million principal is probably safe. A judge has decided that for trustee Irving Picard to pursue the Mets owners' principal investment, he must prove that they... More »

Lenny Dykstra Slapped With Fraud, Theft, Drug Charges

Other than 23 felony charges, just a regular day for ex-ballplayer

(Newser) - During his baseball career, Lenny Dykstra was known for his penchant for getting dirty, and now he's really having trouble staying clean. The former Mets and Phillies player was charged today with nearly two dozen felony counts of fraud, grand theft, and drug possession, reports the Los Angeles Times ... More »

Time for MLB to Ditch the Dip

Players setting bad example, writes ex-Mets' manager Bobby Valentine

(Newser) - Baseball’s Opening Day means “hope and excitement,” but it also means the return of a “blot on our sport”: chewing tobacco on the field, writes Bobby Valentine. “For many of us, it is simply part of the sport,” but the MLB—and those who... More »

Mets Owners: We Knew Nothing of Madoff Scam

First angry response to 'clawback' suit

(Newser) - Though they made millions in profits from Bernard Madoff's phony investment scheme, owners of the Mets knew nothing about the fraud and aren't about to turn over a dime of their money to fleeced investors, they argue in court documents. Lawyers for Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have filed a... More »

Mets Owners Made $300M Off Madoff Scheme: Suit

Bosses 'categorically reject' claim

(Newser) - The New York Mets’ two owners, along with their businesses and families, made some $300 million in fictitious profits from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme—putting them among its top beneficiaries, says a lawsuit unsealed today. The Mets withdrew some $90 million from the team’s 16 accounts with Madoff,... More »

Cops: Mets Star K-Rod Assaulted Girlfriend's Dad

He's charged with assault for clubhouse incident

(Newser) - New York Mets star closer Francisco Rodriguez has been charged with assault after allegedly punching out his girlfriend's dad in, of all places, the "family room" of the team's clubhouse. Sources tell the New York Post that K-Rod (named for his strikeout prowess) roughed up 53-year-old Carlos Pena—after... More »

Lady Gaga Banned From Yankee Clubhouse

Boozy antics and scanty attire in second raunchy ballpark performance

(Newser) - Yankee boss Hal Steinbrenner blew a fuse after Lady Gaga's Jameson-fueled appearance in the Bombers' clubhouse Friday night, banning the songstress, who says she's a lifelong Yankees fan, from repeat performances. Gaga and two girlfriends crashed security at the clubhouse and hung out with the team for 30 minutes, the... More »

Gaga Strips, Flips at Mets Game

She rails against photographers by taking off clothes

(Newser) - Lady Gaga, upset at being seated too close to photographers at yesterday’s Mets game, did what any rational person would do: She stripped to her undies. Gaga—who was seated in the front row yet and was, for some reason, surprised to find photographers nearby shooting the game—cursed... More »

MLB on Kagan's Stance: The Kid's All Right

Would-be justice looks pretty good, Mets and Nats agree

(Newser) - Sure, Elena Kagan might be a Supreme Court justice soon, but how would she handle a fastball? One of the press photos of Kagan shows her crouching over the plate in a softball game, so MLB.com decided to pass the shot around the locker room before yesterday's Mets/Natonals game... More »

Keith Hernandez Dozes Off During Mets Game

Announcer grabs some z's during extra innings

(Newser) - Love the tension and excitement of extra-innings baseball? We're sure Keith Hernandez does, too, so he was probably dreaming about it when he fell asleep during the Mets' 11-inning victory over the Giants on Saturday. Cameras caught the announcer and former All-Star—and Seinfeld guest star—face-down in the booth,... More »

Mom of Former Mets Pitcher Kidnapped

Victor Zambrano's mother snatched off his Venezuelan farm

(Newser) - The mother of former Major League Baseball pitcher Victor Zambrano has been abducted in Venezuela. Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano was kidnapped yesterday morning from her son's farm in central Venezuela, reports AP . Dozens of US major leaguers come from Venezuela, where families of wealthy athletes are targeted by kidnappers. Zambrano pitched... More »

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