A guy I coached at McCallum in 1975 has remained a very close friend. He has a friend who is a minority owner of the Astros, and they were sitting together in the owner’s box for Framber’s no-hitter, and he texted me last night about it and said “call me.”
I did call, and he told me he and his friend talked to Crane after the game. Crane said he offered JV $30M in the offseason, but JV said “I want to stay, but the Mets are offering 50. Will you go to 40?” Crane said no, and JV said bye-bye.
Crane then told them about the recent trade. He said they got JV back for $15M/year (I have read $17.5M) after the Mets ponied up for the 21/2 years and said “We gave up a couple of good prospects, but that deal was a no-brainer for us.”
I agree and cannot stop smiling. JV is back home, and I hope he says so.