Nightmare: Mets Owner Wilpon is Surrounded by Yankees Fans in $1B Lawsuit
12:30 pm, August 20th | by Amy Tennery
In a series of reports this morning relaying the latest from in the Madoff trustee’s suit against the Mets owners, we learned that Judge Jed Rakoff will hold a hearing in October to determine whether to take this circus to trial — and that he’s set a date for that trial (March 5) oh, you know, just in case. We also learned in a hearing yesterday that Rakoff is a Yankees fan. Oh boy.
As noted in Businessweek:
In opening yesterday’s hearing, Rakoff, a fan of the New York Yankees, greeted the lawyers by saying “Welcome to my ballpark.” He said he was grateful they’d given him such lengthy briefs to read.
“Otherwise I probably would have had to watch a Mets game, which would have been a very painful process,” Rakoff said.
Compounding problems for Wilpon and Katz, who are attempting to prove that they didn’t know of Madoff’s fraud, is former Governor Mario Cuomo, who is serving as a mediator in the case and who is also, yep, a Yankees fan. Luckily he refrained from making any baseball related puns during the hearing, as far as we can tell.
I haven’t been able to figure out who Picard roots for (not that he really has the time for the kind of thing). But this article mentions he was born in a town called Fall River, Mass., which is about an hour outside Boston, so… yea, that’s almost worse, in a way.