Would Donald Trump -- the billionaire real estate magnate, television personality, and (possibly) one of the most famous toupée wearers -- look good in New York Mets orange and blue? The New York Times reported today that Trump contacted Fred Wilpon about two weeks ago to set up a meeting with the Mets' owners regarding his interest, as Mets ownership seeks a buyer for 25 percent of the franchise on the heels of a $1 billion lawsuit. According to Trump, no meeting has been held yet.
However, Trump wants his words, "You're fired!" to resonate just like they do on "The Apprentice." The 64-year-old would have interest in the Mets organization, but only if he's the sole man in charge. He doesn't want a minority share; he wants the whole kit and caboodle.
"The Wilpons are friends of mine, and I really hope it works out great for them," Trump said to the Times. "But if anything doesn't work out for them, I'd be interested in the team."
As of now the Wilpons are not relenting in their desire to just find a minority buyer. Truly, only time will tell if their current claims on the financial position of the franchise are sincere enough. But at least they know the demand is there should they be forced to sell the team, which they've had some sort of stake in for 30-plus years now.
"If you look at Trump's record, he is only interested in things he can control," Trump said in the third person.
Of course, even if the Mets owners did look to cash in on 100 percent of the team, the fact that Trump has ties to the gaming industry would break MLB rules, which state that an owner of a club cannot own or operate a casino. The chances of Trump actually becoming the Mets' principle owner is minimal, but it's still fun to speculate.
And as the financial mess lingers on, Mets fans can only hope that it is settled in time so that general manager Sandy Alderson has the full resources at his disposal to confront Jose Reyes' long-term prospects if/when his performance and health warrant such measures, of course.