A few days ago, Mike Puma offended the Mets with his article poking fun at Bartolo Colons’ weight. The NY Post ran one of their attention grabbing headlines ‘Lardball!’ to go along with Puma’s piece.
His first paragraph included the excerpt:
“If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.”
This was Puma’s way of taking out two birds with one stone, as he made light of the Michael Pineda pine tar incident and Colon’s appetite in one. Although Puma is responsible for the article, I hope the team is aware that he more than likely didn’t make the headline. Those are normally done by an editor after reviewing the piece. So there is more than one culprit here, just trying to be fair to Puma, who has been held solely responsible.
Once the piece was made public, and was received with more laughs than disgust, The Mets came together and took a stand against this kind of reporting. Following the game that day, the entire Mets roster was absent from the clubhouse and refused to speak to the media until Puma left the room. Upon his departure, the team quickly returned and spoke to the remaining reporters on hand. Continue reading
Yesterday, Mookie Wilson made headlines when blurbs from his new book, “Mookie: Life, Baseball and the ’86 Mets,” were released. Wilson, who is one of the most beloved players in Mets history, feels he has been mistreated since the Sandy Alderson regime took control of the organization. His comments were very critical of the organization as a whole and he questioned the direction management are taking this team in.
Wilson, was a fan favorite, who played for the Mets from 1980-1989. Fans of that generation remember him being one of the teams few bright spots of the early 80’s. As the decade went on, and more talent arrived, Wilson become a key member of the Mets glory years. But there is one singular play that will have him etched into the history books forever. Wilson is most famously known for hitting the ball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs in game 6 of the ’86 World Series. From there, the Mets went on to win game 7, in what is known as one of the most memorable World Series of all-time.
When his playing days came to an end, Wilson returned to the Mets to become part of the coaching staff in 1996. He served as the teams first base coach under manager Bobby Valentine through the 2002 season. From there, he went on to manage in the minor league system and served as the Mets base running coordinator. In 2011, he returned to the big league club, as he once again served as the teams first base coach. But things got interesting following that season. Continue reading