The Mets Are At It Again

They are the amazing Mets.

Jim Rome
June 24, 2019 - 11:44 am
Mickey Calloway and Jason Vargas

USA Today


The New York Mets are at it again. What’s “it”? Just doing New York Mets things. Just doing things that only the New York Mets would do. Liking hiring an 82-year old pitching coach who hasn’t been a major league pitching coach in two decades.

And if you’re looking for me to just sit here and spout off one old-age joke after another, keep moving. So what that he pitched to Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle. That’s not a joke. He actually did. And he struck out Harmon Killebrew seven times. I respect the hell out of an 82-year-old pitching coach in the majors. They ought to hire his old man to be their hitting instructor. It’s just that it’s so Mets. So very Mets.

But not nearly as Mets as what happened yesterday. New York went into the 8th inning yesterday against the Cubs with a 3-2 lead and a pitcher in Seth Lugo who’d already pitched the seventh inning. He gave up a single on six pitches to Kyle Schwarber. He had an 8-pitch battle with Kris Bryant that ended with a fly ball. He walked Anthony Rizzo on five pitches.

And then he faced Javy Baez, who did this, hits a 3 run blast. Cubs lead 5-3 thanks for coming; Mets find a way to implode. Again.

So naturally, after the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway was asked why he stuck with a reliever who’d gone over 40 pitches, when he had a closer who’d thrown a total of 12 pitches in the last eight days out in the bullpen.

I wasn’t there, so I don’t know the exact tone of the questions being asked, but when your reliever is passing 40 pitches and then gets rocked for a 3-run homer that costs you the game, those questions are going to be asked. And you better be ready to handle them. Especially if you have a closer who could come in, during a high leverage situation, and put out the fire.

Eventually, it got to the point where Callaway said that he didn’t want to use his closer for a five-out save. He was asked by a reporter from Yahoo if that plan should be adaptable.

Callaway responded: “Just because you think so? Absolutely not. We have a very good plan, we know what we are doing and we’re going to stick to it.”

Okay. I mean, the plan was so good that it got you beat yesterday.  But. You do you.

And apparently Callaway continued to do Callaway because as he left, Newsday’s Tim Healey, said to the manager “See you tomorrow, Mickey.”

To which Callaway reportedly responded: “Don’t be a smart-ass motherbleeper.’’

A manager telling a reporter “don’t be a smart-ass motherbleeper” is an all-timer. I mean that really is gold. On any other day, in any other clubhouse, that’s line that takes the prize. Except not on this day. And not in this clubhouse. Hold my beer, skip….

According to the New York Post, Callaway wasn’t done. Because he never is…he went to the food area, then came back and yelled: “Get the motherbleeper out of here. We don’t need that bullbleep.’’

That is strong, too. But Still not the best line. But we’re getting closer. And again, I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what these exchanges were like, but if you’re the manager and your team just lost and you made decisions that led to that loss, you can’t be motherbleeping reporters. I get it, there’s a lot of tension surrounding this team right now and Callaway is on thin ice.

But you know what you don’t do on thin ice – start motherbleeping everyone.

But again, Callaway wasn’t the star of this show. A new fighter is about to enter the arena.

Meet Jason Vargas, Mets starting pitcher. Vargas did not pitch yesterday, but his locker was across from where the reporter was standing and Vargas got into a stare-down with Healey. First off, how amazing is it that a pitcher is getting into a staredown with a reporter?

And then Vargas said…hold on, let me read directly from the New York Post:

 “I’ll knock you the bleep out, bro,” Vargas said, rushing across the room.

Quick – give me a snap reaction. Don’t think, just go with whatever comes into your head after this question. What’s better: “I’ll knock you the bleep out, bro” or the fact that he said it while “rushing across the room”?

Wrong. It’s a tie. They are both awesome. They are both so incredible. And they are both so Mets.

And here’s one more line from the Post: “That is when Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Gomez intervened.”

He didn’t just threaten him, he didn’t just rush at him, he had to be held back by two teammates. Yes! Best day ever.

A starting pitcher on a major league team, again, let me stress, A MAJOR LEAGUER….and a pitcher who didn’t even pitch in that game, threatening to “knock you the bleep out, bro” is absolutely legendary. Are you a major league pitcher and an adult or some overserved fratty at a bar on a beach?

And even better: Vargas isn’t some hot-headed rookie. He’s 36 years old!!!

Thirty-six freaking years old and he’s going all Ryan Leaf on a reporter.

That is just the Mets doing what the Mets do. This isn’t even unusual. Look, there is absolutely no place for threatening reporters. None whatsoever.

And the Mets know this. That’s why they called Healey yesterday to apologize and they’ve issued a statement. No credit for doing either of those things because you should do that when your manager is motherbleeping a reporter and a player is threatening to knock a reporter the bleep out, bro.

But I’ve got to admit, I’m not outraged or angry, in fact, I’m sort  of impressed. That’s why they’re the amazing…So amazing. And oh so Mets. And that’s just type of fire this young Mets fan wants to see!!