Alderson: 'Big fundraiser tonight for gas money'
NEW YORK (AP)
Even Mets general manager Sandy Alderson can't resist pointing out the team's financial difficulties.
The team tweeted Thursday afternoon that Alderson had started a Twitter account (at)MetsGM.
Alderson's first tweet: ''Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven't left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution.''
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Alderson was playfully responding to a New York newspaper that pointed out the GM was driving to Port St. Lucie - Horwitz said Alderson drives because he takes his dog.
Alderson then added in a second tweet: ''We're driving to St. Lucie because our dog (Buddy) doesn't like to fly. His complaint: Where I sit, no lights and no stews.''
Coming off their third straight losing record, the Mets have cut payroll by about $25 million since the start of 2011. A trial is scheduled next month on the lawsuit filed by the trustee seeking to recover money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. He is seeking $386 million, claiming the team's owners were net winners from their investment.