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'See You Tomorrow, Mickey.' Then a Post-Game Scrum

Mets manager, pitcher have run-in with reporter, who says he meant no offense by the comment
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2019 7:32 AM CDT
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, June 7, 2019, in New York.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – The most talked-about baseball moment from Sunday came not on the field but after the post-game news conference at Wrigley Field. Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at Newsday reporter Tim Healey and ordered him thrown out, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be physically restrained from going after the reporter, reports the Daily News. "I'll knock you the f--- out, bro," Callaway told Healey before teammates Carlos Gomez and Noah Syndergaard separated the men. No word on any potential punishment from the league yet, but the Mets issued an apology, and team Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon called Healey personally to apologize, per Newsday. The odd part of the whole mess is that it didn't come after Healey asked a pressing question but when he said to Callaway, "See you tomorrow, Mickey" as they passed each other in the clubhouse.

Callaway—who had just been grilled in the post-game news conference about using a reliever who gave up a big home run—apparently took it the wrong way and began fuming and cursing. Healey says Callaway left the room, only to return and go back at it. "I couldn’t confidently tell you exactly what he said, but he said, ‘You know we’re going to be in a bad mood after a loss,' or something like that," recounts Healey, who says he tried to explain he was simply saying he'd see Callaway tomorrow. He says Callaway responded by ordering, "'Get this guy out of here,’ and that got the attention of Jason Vargas." Vargas (who was not involved in Sunday's loss to the Cubs) issued his threat to knock out the reporter and took a few steps toward the reporter before others stepped in. (Read more New York Mets stories.)

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