Date: 11/5/2010

How's this for the recent Mets in a nutshell? Last October 27, as the rest of the baseball world prepared for the first game of the World Series, the Mets were busy suspending their longtime equipment manager for gambling and fraud. Charlie Samuels, the Mets' equipment manager since 1983 had allegedly been facilitating his own memorabilia business on the side by stealing the equipment he was "managing." He was also alleged to have substantial gambling debts after betting extensively on horse races, NFL games, and, yes, baseball (that's kind of a no-no). Good news though Charlie—at least you don't have to work for the Mets anymore!