Following yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, things got tense and heated down in the New York Mets clubhouse.
Although the incident didn’t get physical, Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas got into an altercation as they confronted the team’s beat writer Tim Healey.
It took place after Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo allowed a go-ahead three-run home run from Cubs’ Javier Baez in the eighth inning.
(Video of the home run below)
pic.twitter.com/cSPonzdE94 this video is for Mickey Callaway being a shitty fuckin manager— Just a Sad Giants/Mets Fan (@nblackburn14) June 23, 2019
During the post-game interview, Callaway was questioned by Healey and other reporters about why he didn’t use fellow relief pitcher/closer Edwin Diaz in the situation with five outs left.
With reporters waiting for Diaz to be questioned, Callaway walked past the reporter, who told him, “See you tomorrow, Mickey.”
Then the manager expressed hostility by screaming at the reporter and telling him to leave. Vargas also stepped in and had to be physically restrained by his teammates.
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."
Healey reportedly have left the room in which Diaz was supposed to be interviewed.
Before yesterday’s events, the second-year manager and Vargas have had no blowup with a reporter since joining the Mets in their careers.
The team have posted a press statement regarding the incident yesterday and will be looking forward to move on from it.
“The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today’s game in the clubhouse,” the team said. “We do not condone 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 involved parties.”