Everybody’s favorite trio of Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda should get a break from being the main topic of discussion around the Mets today.
Last night, Wall Street Journal reporter Stu Woo shared an account of pitching coach Dan Warthen using a derogatory term during a conversation with Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s translator Jeff Cutler on Tuesday.
Cutler and I turned around. It was Dan Warthen, the Mets pitching coach.
“I’m sorry I called you a ‘Chinaman’ yesterday,” Warthen told Cutler.
“It’s OK,” Cutler replied.
“I didn’t mean to insinuate –- I know you’re not Chinese,” Warthen said. He paused. “I thought it was a pretty good joke, though.”
“It was,” Cutler said, with a small laugh.
Woo felt the term was inappropriate and brought the matter to Jay Horwitz, the team’s vice president of media relations. Last night, Warthen and Mets GM Sandy Alderson issued apology statements.
Warthen should know better – this is 2014. And he should definitely make his apology face-to-face today.
Meanwhile, the pack of beat reporters will all have to ask their followup questions, and we’ll end up discussing how the Mets reacted and what is appropriate behavior in the clubhouse.
That discussion is an important one – at least for the athletes and professionals who inhabit that sphere.
But I wish we could be talking about baseball, even if the conversation does keep coming back to Tejada, Davis & Duda.
The comments are open – please share your thoughts, but remember to be respectful.
Added at 11:10 a.m.: Some of the players are starting to circle the wagons.
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