Mets Manager and Pitcher Snap on Reporter in Clubhouse Incident, Take Things Too Far


Losing is never easy, but tensions were running really hot for New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas after a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Callaway and Vargas went on vulgarity-laced tirades after a beat reporter made a seemingly innocuous comment after the game in Chicago, which the Cubs won when Javier Baez hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.

The reporter, Newsday’s Tim Healey, explained what happened.

“Mickey came out of his office, dressed, and I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, ‘See you tomorrow, Mickey,'” Healey told Newsday. “And then he said, ‘Don’t be a smart-ass.'”

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Callaway left the room briefly after that, but then came back at Healey, thinking the reporter was being sarcastic.

“Shut the f— up, get out of my face. Get out of here,” Callaway said as Healey tried to tell him it wasn’t meant as a slight, the New York Daily News reported. “Get this motherf—er out of here, he’ll be here tomorrow.”

Callaway reportedly asked the Mets public relations staff to remove Healey from the clubhouse, the Daily News reported.

While this was happening, Healey explained that he was getting a stare down from Vargas, the Mets pitcher, who was at his locker about 15 feet away.

Then, according to the Daily News, Vargas asked Healey why he was looking at him.

“It looked like you had something to say,” Healey responded, per the Daily News.

“I’ll knock you the f— out, bro,” Vargas said to Healey.

The Daily News said Vargas “charged” toward Healey and had to be stopped by teammates Carlos Gomez and Noah Syndergaard. Healey left the clubhouse shortly thereafter.

Healey downplayed it.

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“He said, ‘I’ll knock you out right here’ and then took a couple of steps toward me,” Healey told Newsday. “Some people said charged — charged is super-strong.”

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Later that day, the Mets issued an official apology.

“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 in a statement, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic. “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.”

Team owner Jeff Wilpon also called Healey to apologize.

“Jeff Wilpon called me [Sunday] evening to apologize on behalf of the organization,” Healey told Newsday. “He stressed the fact that I should feel comfortable being able to do my job at the ballpark and that moving forward, there’s no reason for me to feel uncomfortable. I appreciated that sentiment from him, absolutely.”

The Mets fell to 37-41, while the Cubs improved to 42-35.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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