Metdown! Ron Darling Joins Ranks of ex-Amazin’s in Trouble


What a lousy year for the Mets — and the ex-Mets. First came the protracted woes of former car-wash king and ’86 World Series hero Lenny Dykstra, who went bankrupt and had to sell his Series ring. Then Jerry Koosman, ’69 hero, went away for tax evasion. Now Ron Darling is revealed to owe $544,197 in state and federal taxes; California and the IRS have liens against him, and New York has issued a tax warrant. And he’s one of the educated ex-Mets!

We’d say the upside is that our current Mets stars will try not to get traded until this curse is lifted, but active Mets are cursed too. The obvious solution: rename Citi Field and hire an exorcist.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2009


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