Remember the days when we Mets fans always laughed at Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees? It is coming back to bite us.
There are so many different conspiracy theories that people can come up with regarding the whole Omar Minaya/Adam Rubin situation. It could have been avoided if the Mets had done the right thing.
Maybe it was Minaya seeking revenge for having to fire his buddy, Tony Bernazard. Maybe it was both Minaya and the Wilpons seeking revenge? It could be just Minaya was tired of answering questions about the Bernazard firing.
There is one more theory. The Wilpons want Minaya out and need a legitimate reason.
To me it seems a little obvious the Wilpons want no part of Omar Minaya. It seems like they are trying to create a reason to get rid of him during the offseason. They already told him they would stick with him during the rest of the season. So it would be bad form to fire him now.
Yesterday’s press conference was the perfect opportunity. I do not care what anybody says. There is no way the Wilpons and company do not know Minaya does not do well during a press conference unless it has to do with a trade. What better way to burn him than to let him handle the whole conference on his own?
Where was Jay Horwitz? Where were the people who conducted the investigation from Human Resources? Where were the Wilpons? Even Chris Carlin from SNY asked these questions after the presser.
Clearly the Wilpons and Minaya love Tony Bernazard. Why is beyond me! Nevertheless, the Wilpons, or at the very least COO Jeff Wilpon, should have been there to support Minaya. They had to know something was going to awry. Horwitz should have been there to pull the plug on the conference after the firing was announced and explained.
If Minaya keeps his job until next year after this incident, I will be shocked.
Do not get me wrong. In no way am I defending Minaya. What he did was inexcusable, cowardly, gutless, and cut throat. You do not call out a reporter in any situation. There is never a situation when you do. If you have an issue with a reporter, you can speak with the reporter in your office. Never during a press conference.
I feel he has burned bridges with the media. No journalist in their right mind would defend this. Everyone is flocking around Adam Rubin to defend him. Without a solid relationship with the media, I do not see Minaya surviving in New York, especially with the New York Media. They will burn him at the stake.
Minaya, I feel sorry for you. I think you just drove the last nail into your coffin with this. I liked you. I really did. But I cannot defend this. I’m sorry. You were wrong.
Without solid proof, that accusation never should have come out of Minaya’s mouth. Rubin has defended himself in his article today in the Daily News. There really was no reason to. He did nothing wrong, unless Minaya has proof of his accusations.
I will say I was surprised there were some fans who defended Minaya on this. Here are two comments that were left on the Daily News website:
I believe that Bernazard was unprofessional in his conduct with players and others and deserved to be fired. But, I also believe that Omar was right about Rubin. Rubin seems a little too full of himself, a tad too arrogant, and from the vid I saw of the presser, seemed too willing to go toe to toe with Omar. Almost like he was eager for that moment. The DN should pull Rubin from covering the Mets. He needs to cool off, reflect on his own conduct, and tamp down the macho. -KensingtonKate
Omar you did the correct thing. Also it was appropriate what you said to Adam the writer. IF adam had some integrity he would have came to the mets with the story rather than writing about it. You writers heart feelings and make a small problem into a big one. You only want to make money. This is what killed a wonderfull person like Princess Diana. -caringAmerican
It was apparant to me that Rubin was lying when he first passed the microphone to respond. He apparantly changed his mind later to save face and he was shaking in his exchange with Omar. He also admitted to inquiring about a job even IF in general terms. There was also a meeting set up with Jeff Wilpon to discuss the matter. NO big deal,get over it Rubin. -thekid
I really am surprised people have to come Minaya’s defense. I just want to see proof. Give me proof and I will be happy.
As of right now, I cannot defend Minaya. I’ve defended him on many occasions. This I cannot. As a person studying journalism, do I have to worry about the stories I write because a GM is going to out me? I will not stand for it. I would have done the same thing Rubin did. Confrontations are my specialty. Bring it!
I hope this is the last blog I have to write on this. I want to just focus on the Mets and the rest of this 2009 season. The Mets are doing exciting things on the field. Can we just get over this and focus on the team?
The Mets are taking on the Colorado Rockies tonight. Let’s go for win number four. Let’s go Mets!