Okay, dedicated Rant readers, I’m going to start something new here. Since social media is taking over the world, and I consider sarcasm a person’s best trait, I decided to make “Mets Tweet of the Week” a weekly entry where I will troll Twitter and find the person who combines both of those entities perfectly.
The first official Tweet of the Week comes from someone who calls himself Chalupa Batman (I’m sure he is honored to be chosen, and hopefully will post his acceptance speech below):
Yankees donate $500K to Sandy relief effort.Mets wanted to help but they still need that money to pay Bobby Bonilla.
— Chalupa Batman (@mike_is_bored) November 1, 2012
First and foremost I want to take this moment to recognize anyone who was affected, in any way, by Hurricane Sandy. I live in north New Jersey, and was fortunate to have only lost power for a day, but many in my area cannot say the same, and are still without power. My town has become a destination for a lot of people from all around who need gas and food. Gas station waits have become hours, with many stations running out, and limited shipments coming in.
You never think that what you see on the news could actually be happening in your town.
While I am not currently living at the Jersey Shore, half of my heart is there. I grew up going to Seaside Heights every other weekend with my parents. Right before sophomore year of high school, I moved to Ocean Township, and had a summertime job in Bradley Beach. Belmar, Long Branch, Point Pleasant and every other town along that coast is a part of who I am.
And of course just because I don’t have a personal connection to New York, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also in my prayers.
If I’ve learned anything about the east coast, it’s that people from here are tough. Structures, communities, and towns will be rebuilt, and will be even stronger than before.
So now back to that tweet. If you have every heard a Bobby Bonilla joke, you have probably laughed because you know that the New York Mets owe Bobby Bonilla quite a bit of money.
But do you know just how much?
The Mets owed Bonilla $5.9 million during his last season. But since they deferred that payment, and added an eight percent interest rate, it turns out that the Mets will pay him $1.2 million for the next 25 years.
So Bonilla made more from the Mets this year than Kelly Shoppach, Ronny Cedeno, Scott Hairston, Manny Acosta, Jon Neise, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Bobby Parnell, Josh Thole, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner, Mike Nickeas, and Mike Baxter.
Let me remind you of this also: Bonilla hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999.