CHICAGO – New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed on a reporter and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be detained from charging him during a confrontation in the team's clubhouse after a Sunday loss.
The dustup with beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday arose after Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. There was no physical contact.
In a story published by Newsday Sunday evening, Healey, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said he "apologizes on behalf of the organization."
The incident followed a tense post-game news conference when the reporter repeatedly asked Callaway for his decision to stick with reliever Seth Lugo during the eighth inning instead of getting closer to Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead, three-run homer to Javier Baez.
After the press conference, Callaway passed Healey and other journalists in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway that he would "see you tomorrow" and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and returned and cursed again to Healey and told him to leave the clubhouse.
"I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said," See you tomorrow, Mickey, "Healey said." And then he said, "Don't be a smart ass."
"I tried to tell him, I didn't matter, "Healey added." I just said, "I want to see you tomorrow. & # 39; And then he said, "Get this guy out of here" and it was Jason Varga's attention. "
Vargas stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. The players stepped in to limit the veteran's leftist. 19659002] Healey left the clubhouse moments later, saying that Wilpon called later in the evening to apologize.
"He stressed the fact that I had to feel comfortable being able to do my job at the ballpark and moving forward, there is no reason for me to feel uncomfortable," Healey said. I appreciated that mood from him, absolutely. "
The team also issued a statement.
" Mets rightly welcomes the incident that took place with one of our beat writers after today's clubhouse fight, "the statement says." We do not tolerate 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 parties involved. "
It's been a probation for Mets after an aggressive offseason. The club is 37-41.
New York is set to open a four-game series in Philadelphia on Monday.