New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at 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 emerged after Mets blew a late stage in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. There was no physical contact.
In a story published by Newsday Sunday night, Healey, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said he "apologized 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 Relief 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 news meeting, 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, "added Healey." I just said, "I'll see you tomorrow. & # 39; And then he said, "Get this guy from here," and it became Jason Varga's attention. "
Vargas stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. The players stepped in to restrict the veteran's leftist. 1
"He emphasized the fact that I had to feel comfortable doing my job at the ballpark and moving forward, there is no need for me to feel uncomfortable," Healey said. I appreciated that mood from him, absolutely. "
The team also issued a statement, CBSSports.com reported.
" Mets sincerely regrets the incident that took place with one of our beatwriters after today's game in the clubhouse, "said the statement." 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 has 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.