As I Thought, Wilpon, Backman, Valentine Meeting Never Happened
Updated 1:00 PM
As I suspected…
Original Post 10:55 PM
Stamford resident and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine was seen having dinner with New York Mets owner and Greenwich resident Jeff Wilpon, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya and Mets minor league manager and former Met Wally Backman at Quattro Pazzi in Stamford on Sept. 23.
Matt Cerrone further reports that “people close to the team say this story is not true”.
Hmm, the blurb in the article doesn’t say who seen them, was it one of their reporters?
Stamford and Greenwich are pretty big towns with thousands and thousands of Mets fans… Yet nothing comes out of that celebrity sighting it in 10 days?
In this age of technology? With Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WFAN callers, Mets Blog readers, etc.
Not one mention, tweet, status, blog post, cell phone picture, call in, not one?
Sounds pretty flimsy to me… The Mets might be telling the truth.
If there was any real bite to that blurb, knowing how explosive that would be, wouldn’t the senior editor of the Greenwich Times have it reported it as it’s own piece either on the front page or at least the back page?
Also, has anyone actually called restaurant to confirm?
I’m not a reporter, writer or journalist, but if someone phoned in a tip like that, I sure as heck would have followed it up and performed some legwork rather than simply throwing it into another story as a blurb or basically, “by the way…”
If it were true, I would have to believe that it would have been in a local sports telecats and maybe even one of the top ten news items of the day in Stamford or Greenwich.
Imagine if they had met in Manhattan? It would have been the top story in sports, and yet ten days later is the first we hear of it?
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