Thursday, July 14, 2016
NO FUN IN THE SAN DIEGO SUN
Part of me has to think that this was just a massive mistake and an oversight. Terry Collins got to manage the National League team but he didn't use any of his players in the game. Not that I EVER want to defend the Mets but, I think Collins just had a senior moment. Major League Baseball makes such a big deal about making sure every team is represented in the game and the Mets had a breakout year last season so I can't imagine why Collins would choose to bench his team. It just makes no sense.
I can't hep but feel bad for Jeurys Familia because you could tell that he was excited to play in his first All-Star Game. I'm sure there will be other opportunities to come in his young career but based on other media buzz it sounds like he was pumped up and expecting to play. Regardless of the fact that he had no lead to protect, he sat back and watched the game go by without him or his teammates participating but I don't understand all of the backlash.
The All-Star game is supposed to be a fun, happy and exciting time for players so talking to the media should be a lot easier. If media reports are correct Bartolo Colon, Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard were so frustrated that they refused to complete interviews after the game. Playing for New York is a whole different animal because it is New York. It's a stage of bright lights (yes, even for the Mets) and there are big personalities all around players and journalists included. Hiding from the media just isn't an option and for crying out loud this wasn't a game that counted toward the standings! Throwing a temper tantrum after the All-Star game is just ridiculous.
It sounds like Mets spokesman spoke with Familia at least and so did Collins. It may have been too little to late but at least Collins spoke to his player. What isn't OK is allowing your team to act like toddlers and then not talk to the media which is part of their job! Where were Mets spokesmen with the rest of their team? Hmmm?
Maybe the Mets were just frustrated that the Royals managed to steal the spotlight once again. I dunno. I can't really explain why the Mets decided to be so petty. I understand the passion. I understand that if all teams are chosen to represent the team like MLB wants that they should be able to participate but I don't understand acting like an immature child. Address it and move on....and be ready for next year. Drama free. I'm so glad this didn't happen in Yankeeland. We have enough problems.
--Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer & Editor
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