The hits just keep coming from one of baseball’s most trivial teams as the New York Mets once again made headlines for their exercises in incompetence.
Embattled Mets skipper Mickey Callaway blew up on Newsday reporter Tim Healey after the team’s late-inning collapse to the Chicago Cubs.
Reporters were drilling Callaway for refusing to bring in All-Star closer Edwin Diaz during the 8th inning of a game New York was narrowly leading 3-2. Seth Lugo remained in the game and ended up allowing a three-run home run to Cubs shortstop slugger Javier Baez, as the Mets would later lose the game at Wrigley Field 5-3.
After Healey said ‘see you tomorrow, Mickey’ after a much derided press conference with reporters questioning the decision to not bring in Diaz in the 8th, Callaway went nuclear, screaming ‘GET THIS M***** F****** OUT OF HERE!’
Things got even more humiliating when anonymous Mets journeyman pitcher Jason Vargas charged at Healey shouting ‘I’LL KNOCK YOU THE F*** OUT BRO!’ before being restrained by Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Gomez.
The Mets would later release the statement: "The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse. We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee. The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties."
The Mets currently stand at a harmless 37-41 and four games out of the National League’s second Wild Card spot. The 44-year-old Callaway is in his second season with team, after going 77-85 during his first year in New York.