Another Stunning Embarrassment In A Season Full Of Them
Most of us became aware of Mets VP of Player Development, Tony Bernazard, last year when we learned about his shady and underhanded maneuvers leading up to the firing of Willie Randolph. In fact, Randolph claimed that he was sabotaged by Bernazard.
Since then, Tony B. manages to get his name in the news every now and then mostly because of some ridiculous quote or action.
This past week though, he’s really gone over the edge and crossed the line, and it’s time the Wilpons cut bait with this off the field distraction who gives most Mets fans and players the creeps.
On Monday we learned, through Adam Rubin of the Daily News, that Tony B. dropped a volley of profanities so vulgar in nature, that it would have made Tony Soprano blush. He did this in the middle of a game at Citi Field in front of Mets fans both young and old. Adam Rubin writes,
At a recent game at Citi Field, scouts had assembled in a row of seats behind home plate. Mets VP Tony Bernazard showed up during play and wanted a seat occupied by a young Diamondbacks scout. Bernazard’s deputy, already seated in the row, suggested to the Mets VP that he wait until the half-inning ended, to minimize the disruption. Bernazard then ripped into his Ivy League-educated deputy with a profanity-laced tirade, mortifying observers in the section.
This incident fueled talk show radio for most of Monday morning and afternoon, particularly the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN who ripped Tony B. throughout their entire show and called the Mets the most dysfunctional organization in baseball.
This morning, we learned that while in the clubhouse of the Binghamton Mets, Tony Bernazard challenged a few of the Mets young players, who are mostly 21 years old or less, to a fist fight. He actually tore off his shirt and personally challenged some of the Mets prospects to a physical confrontation. Adam Rubin reports,
The Binghamton Mets clubhouse nearly turned into a scene out of WWE Raw recently, when VP for player development Tony Bernazard removed his shirt and challenged the Double-A players to a fight during a postgame tirade, multiples sources told the Daily News.
Bernazard particularly went after middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, using a slang term associated with a woman’s anatomy, a source indicated. The confrontation happened about 10 days before the All-Star break, according to insiders.
“That’s an all-timer if true,” an AL official said upon hearing the account, which was corroborated by multiple people with ties to the Mets.
Mets GM Omar Minaya acknowledged the incident but didn’t seem to be bothered by it.
“I know he did have a team meeting with them,” Minaya told the Daily News. “It was not a ‘you-guys-have-been-great meeting.’ I know he spoke to them in a stern voice. But as far as what he was wearing, what kind of shoes he was wearing, I don’t know anything about that.”
How many more embarrassments must we endure before the Mets finally shake this team up from top to bottom?
Isn’t it painful enough to watch this team day in and day out without these added twists?
We have become the laughing stock of baseball. At least the 1962 Mets were lovable, but this my friends, can only be described as pathetic and demoralizing.
What concerns me most right now, is the real possibility that we will once again usher in the 5-7 year period where no star player will want to play for the Mets. No free agent would get caught dead in a Mets uniform. Sure, we’ll still be able to get an aging star who is past their prime to accept the Mets’ millions. (AKA: Mo Vaughn, Kevin Appier, Tom Glavine) But don’t expect any 28-year old superstar to sign on the dotted line any time soon.
I bet if Johan Santana and Carlos Beltran had to do it again, Santana would have rejected the trade, and Beltran would be patrolling centerfield for the New York Yankees.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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