Are New England sports fans that insecure that they would be upset if Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft were to buy the financially strapped New York Mets?
The simple answer is YES. Which proves my long-held opinion that Boston suffers from an inferiority complex when it comes to New York.
Despite winning 12 professional championships this century, Boston fans, especially Patriots’ fans, find the need to remind anyone within their earshot of these accomplishments. Sort of a nouveau riche vibe.
Kraft has owned the Patriots for 26 years. He, with the help of many others, turned the organization from the laughing stock of all of professional sports into the most successful franchise of the last two decades. He has been a philanthropist for nearly five decades.
If Kraft looks at the Mets as a distressed asset that he can turn around, that should not impact how he continues to run the Patriots.
Perhaps local fans think he would be distracted. Certainly, fans believe that Red Sox owner John Henry has neglected his baseball team since buying Liverpool of the EPL in 2010, and The Boston Globe in 2013. Interestingly enough, the Red Sox have won two World Series since Henry’s major purchases.
Successful business people can multi-task. If Kraft buys the Mets he won’t be filling out the lineup card or pulling Jacob deGrom after 100 pitches.
If Kraft has the wear with all to buy a Major League Baseball franchise valued at $2.4 billion I say, good luck. The man is 78 years old and has a net worth of $7 billion.
Perhaps after Tom Brady retires as a Buccaneer, he could switch sports and save the Mets. After all, Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft as a Catcher.
Back to reality.
Can it be that Patriots’ fans are blaming Kraft for the divorce between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?
Since Patriots Nation is the most persecuted fan base in all of sports, someone has to be blamed. In this case, it is Kraft. Could the pushback of Kraft purchasing the Mets be that Bostonians would like Kraft to buy the Red Sox?
Maybe. The only problem is, the Red Sox are not for sale.
More likely, it’s a case of Bostonian’s insecurities. Boston is a cool city. Fabulous neighborhoods. Excellent food. The best universities and hospitals.
However, New York is the greatest city on the planet. Deal with it.
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