I think guys will be upset, but we’re all a family: ownership, coaches and players. Sometimes people say things they regret. It’s a mistake and you learn from it. Maybe next spring when we have our media workshop for the players, Fred can come and sit in on it.
This was from New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey in response to questions about the recent New Yorker feature on Fred Wilpon, which included the Mets owner making off the cuff negative comments about several players including David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and an unnamed pitcher “who tends to dawdle on the mound.”
The story came out yesterday, and already a lot has been said about Wilpon’s candidness with a reporter, whom he told that David Wright isn’t a superstar, Jose Reyes will want to be paid more than he’s worth, and that Carlos Beltran wasn’t worth the contract that the Mets signed him to. The thing is that, while arguments can be made against much of what the team’s owner said, none of it’s glaringly untrue or horribly derogatory.
We, as fans, have just been conditioned to expect public relations friendly answers from baseball figures to questions from the media. Watch any pregame features on any regional network carrying baseball games, and without fail, you will learn absolutely nothing from what athletes, managers or executives have to say. It’s unfortunate, but given the uproar over Wilpon’s comments, it’s also completely understandable.
As Scott Boras suggested, “I think it’s best that any evaluations remain internal and confidential.”
It appears as though “internal and confidential” are two policies that Mr. Wilpon has little interest in enacting.
And The Rest
Tumors have been discovered on Gary Carter’s brain.
I’m not crazy or alone in suggesting that it’s absolutely moronic to bat Yunel Escobar behind Jose Bautista while Rajai Davis and Corey Patterson hit in front of him, which is exactly the lineup that John Farrell put together ahead of last night’s game against the Yankees.
Bautista ended up going deep against Bartolo Colon last night, who has several pitchers wanting to follow his lead when it comes to surgery.
Jordan Walden has discovered the perfect entry music.
Corey Hart knocked in seven runs last night with his three home runs.
The Minnesota Twins may not have an easy time being sellers at the trade deadline.
Should Petco Park’s fences be moved?
The Philadelphia Phillies will give Scott Podsednik a shot with a Minor League contract.
Could someone please point this article out to whoever runs the in-game entertainment elements at the Rogers Centre. I’d be grateful.
Could Mark DeRosa’s career be over?
Brian Fuentes is not the biggest fan of Bob Geren’s bullpen management.
Stephen Strasburg has thrown off a mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery.
Speaking of that dreaded surgery, Joe Blanton is set to be examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Marlon Byrd got hit in the face by a fastball and things got serious, real fast.
Despite the injuries to Byrd, Kevin Youkilis believes that the teams are even until the next time they play in 100 years.
Justin Verlander sits down for an interview with Detroit News.
The Cincinnati Reds have sent Edinson Volquez down to Triple A after struggling through his last few starts.
A suspect in the Bryan Stow beating has been arrested, which inspired some questionable tweets from Keith Law, or rather, questionable in the mind of a Dodgers fan. This is all just so overwhelmingly stupid.
Finally, Baseball Prospectus has made its archives free.