Wallace Matthews of Newsday might win the award however:
The Mets are the only organization in professional sports that can call a news conference to announce it has killed the Wicked Witch - and wind up running over Toto instead.Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger wants some career advice of his own:
They are the only organization that, given a golden opportunity to rid itself of a clubhouse cancer, ends up blowing its own head off with a shotgun.
They are the only group currently known to harbor not one but two people who actually claim to have liked and respected Tony Bernazard.
Since the Mets are suddenly offering free career advice to sportswriters, I have a question for Jeff Wilpon: How do I become your new crisis management consultant?Minaya made Steve Goldman at Baseball Prospectus angry, so Goldman compared the Rubin episode to the famous, (or is that disastrous?) Senator McCarthy-Army hearings.
2. The conversations that Rubin had with COO Jeff Wilpon clearly went beyond the abstract, "how does one get in the business" type chats that Rubin insisted was the extent in the aftermath of Monday's press conference. To quote Rubin, "He told me to talk to SNY exec Curt Gowdy Jr., who told me basically that I was a bit “too flat."" Wilpon also recalled telling Rubin to get in touch with Mets AGM John Ricco about baseball ops positions. This is more involved than Rubin originally admitted. It's not "lobbying" for a job, as Omar Minaya called it, but it is clear that Rubin was more interested than he initially let on in new positions with the Mets and SNY.
3. It seems to me that when people, like Adam Rubin, or the others who supposedly call Jeff Wilpon once a week to ask for advice, they really want a job or failing that, access to his contacts, like Curt Gowdy Jr. or John Ricco.
As far as I can tell, the best advice Wilpon can offer is: "be born to a really, really rich dad." Here are all of the non-Mets/Citi Field accomplishments listed for Wilpon in the Mets 2009 Media guide:
-Chief Operating Officer of the Brooklyn Cyclones (Fred Wilpon is the Chair of the Board of the Brooklyn Baseball Companies, the Cyclones parent company)
-Executive VP at Sterling Equities.... (founded by Fred Wilpon)
-Serves on the Boards of may non-profit organizations ....
-A former catcher, he was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1983 and played part of that season with Jamestown (A) of the New York Penn League
4. This is likely to be my last post on this specific Rubin/Minaya/Wilpon topic. It is no longer a baseball story, but a media relations, criticism and organizational politics story. Those are all interesting topics to me, but I want this space to maintain its primary focus on the minors.