As the Mets look for minority ownership, this partnering would seem perfect:
Digital Domain chairman John Textor is a big Mets fan and his company already has an association with the team. Textor's Academy Award-winning firm, best known for its special effects in movies such as "Pirates of the Caribbean," has naming rights to the spring training home of the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Alas, this potential white knight is not interested in an ownership stake. Textor, a 45-year-old Floridian who worked on the loading docks in his state for 50 cents an hour at age 11, said, "I never had that conversation, not on the horizon at all. Not even a consideration, not even a thought. I have no interest in buying a baseball club."
There is an expanding relationship between Digital Domain and the Mets. The team wants more dynamic visual effects at Citi Field and Textor is all in for that. "The Wilpons said, 'We're thrilled to have you, are you interested in enhancing the in-game experience not only in Port St. Lucie but up in Citi Field?' " Textor said. "Citi Field is an incredible way into the greatest media market in the world, New York."
Textor has sympathy for the Wilpons' plight as they seek investor help to deal with the recovery efforts of trustee Irving Picard in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. "This person is pursuing all these assets from everybody from the Wilpons to Mother Teresa," Textor said. "I'm sure he's going to get a lot of people that deserve to be pursued. He's going after a ton of people that he full well knows doesn't deserve to be pursued. He's about maximum recovery. I have no idea how the Wilpons fit within that paradigm.''
Textor lives near the winter residence of Nelson Doubleday, the former majority owner of the Mets. "I'm the only one who lives on the island," Textor said, "who doesn't have the dream of owning a baseball team."