Two Mets Players are CowardsPosted: June 1, 2010
What is My Point?
If you are going to make a comment to the press about one of your teammates, you have the obligation to be held accountable for your comments.
Why Does it Matter?
This is a cowardly. Players who just talk behind other players’ backs are the real problem with teams.
News Corps – Mike Puma, New York Post
This is an article written on May 31, 2010. Two Mets players were quoted talking about the performance of their teammate, Oliver Perez. Here is the first quote,
“You tell him you go to Triple-A or that’s it, you are finished,” one Mets player told the New York Post, well aware that Perez is still owed about $20 million on the three-year contract he signed before the 2009 season.
Here is the second player’s quote,
“At some point you have to cut bait,” he said. “You owe him a lot of money, but for what?”
1. If these players commented expecting to be quoted then Mike Puma is at fault for withholding the names.
2. If the players said they would only make a comment if their names were withheld then they are cowards.
So What are You Allowed to Say?
Players can say anything they like as long as they put their name on the statement. Anything other than that is “spineless.”
Mike Puma – New York Post
How can you think this is legitimate reporting? Do you really think it is appropriate to quote a bunch of players and not put their names on the comments? The irony of this article is that you just did the same thing the players did because you don’t have the guts to write their names. The only difference is that we know that you are someone who gossips.
Oliver Perez may be horrible and he may be a bad teammate, but every player should be allowed to know the names of their accusers.
Jerry Manuel Does the Right Thing
Here is what Manager Jerry Manuel had to say.
“That’s really a tough question,” Manuel said. “(Maybe) extra innings or something like that, but it’s going to be tough to find spots for him.”
This isn’t a real positive statement for Perez to hear, but Manuel stands up by owning the statement. This really shows me something about Manuel. It tells me that he is holding himself to a higher standard then 2 of his players and a reporter.
Puma you are being used to hurt a team.
“What, we need another 20-inning game and then use him after we’ve used all our pitchers and if a position player’s sinker isn’t biting?” the player said.
This makes me sick. You’re cowards.