The New York Mets Are Doing That Whole Mets Thing Again
The New York Mets were having a pretty swell weekend in Chicago, for a while anyway.
Somehow, this miserable group had taken two of the first three games at Wrigley Field against the Cubs and had a late lead in the series finale on Sunday.
It's almost as if the entire team had hit their heads at the same time when arriving in Chicago, only to get smacked in the head again on Sunday.
The Mets were on the cusp of taking three out of four against the first-place Cubbies when this happened in the bottom of the eighth inning:
Mickey Callaway told a reporter to leave the clubhouse, calling the reporter a motherfu**er multiple times.— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) June 23, 2019
"Don't be a smartass, motherfu**er*," Callaway said.
Jason Vargas, defending his manager, said "I'll knock you the f**k out, bro."
Well, that's a fairly concise summary of events.
Apparently, that bastard Healey had the nerve to tell Mickey that he would see him tomorrow, which the almost ex-manager interpreted as vicious sarcasm.
Vargas then got involved, literally threatening the probably bemused Healey in a decidedly physical manner before being restrained by teammates.
Here's Callaway not apologizing for his behavior or to Healey.
Mickey Callaway was anything but contrite in addressing last night's incident. Given multiple opportunities to apologize publicly, he declined each time. Callaway essentially said what he regrets was being in that place at that time.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 24, 2019
It seems the Mets organization isn't beyond embarrassment, as this statement would suggest.
BREAKING: The Mets are fining both Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas for their roles in last night's clubhouse altercation, but issuing no suspensions, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 24, 2019
Van Wagenen called the altercation "disappointing" and "regrettable."
Obviously, this is terribly embarrassing for all concerned and will probably spell the end for poor Mickey.
This decision won't change a thing, but the shitshow must go on.