For $810, you can put yourself in Bernard Madoff's place -- his Citi Field seats, that is. The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities put two tickets for the Citi Field opener Monday on sale on eBay yesterday. As of 5 p.m., the current bid was $800 for the tickets, seats 5-6 in the eighth row in section 11, just to the home plate side of the New York Mets' dugout.
There was a deadline of 8:21 p.m. Friday to bid for the seats, which are called Delta Club Gold and come with access to the Delta Club behind home plate. The tickets retail for $525 apiece, and the $800 bid for the two was the only one that had been made. The next bid would have to be at least $10 more.
Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz were close to Madoff, who pleaded guilty March 12 in federal court to 11 counts, including securities fraud and perjury, stemming from a Ponzi scheme prosecutors said was worth $64.8 billion. Madoff, 70, faces up to 150 years in prison at sentencing June 16.
Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki has been cleared to begin playing in his comeback from a bleeding ulcer that caused severe fatigue. Suzuki will be the designated hitter in an extended spring-training game with minor leaguers in Arizona today. Manager Don Wakamatsu said before a game at Minnesota last night that Suzuki will play a total of three games before being re-evaluated. He either will join the Mariners in Oakland this weekend or travel straight to Seattle.
Arizona ace Brandon Webb will skip his next start because of shoulder stiffness. Yusmeiro Petit will take Webb's scheduled start Saturday night at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Webb, whose 22 victories led by National League last season, experienced stiffness in his shoulder in the fourth inning of Arizona's 9-8 opening-day victory Monday against the Rockies.
Detroit is making sure General Motors Corp. has a presence at Comerica Park despite the automaker's decision to stop sponsoring the team. But joining the struggling Detroit automaker on the prime advertising spot GM once paid handsomely to occupy are its two U.S. competitors: Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC. Amid sinking profits and the threat of bankruptcy, GM has discontinued sponsorship of the popular General Motors Fountain which sends up showers of water with every Detroit home run.