Media Kills Mets Players While Giving The Wilpons A Pass
Noah Syndergaard left last night’s game with an apparent leg injury. Whatever the reason, he was still in the clubhouse after the game instead of getting treatment or an examination in the trainer’s room or somewhere else.
Syndergaard finally left the clubhouse when the media entered, and the media pounced:
Noah Syndergaard (hamstring strain) was in the clubhouse when reporters entered postgame. He took one look at us and bolted for the back room, pursued by members of the Mets' PR staff.
Through a team spokesman, Syndergaard later refused to comment on his injury.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 16, 2019
Noah Syndergaard’s strained right hamstring hasn’t totally robbed him of his mobility.
Walking faster than he did off the mound, Syndergaard left the Mets’ clubhouse as reporters entered.
He did not comment on his injury/outing.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) June 16, 2019
Noah Syndergaard coincidentally had his treatment scheduled just as reporters walked into the #Mets clubhouse. He will not comment on his right hamstring strain.
Mickey Callaway, too, was curt in his description of Noah's injury: "We are going to reevaluate in the morning."
— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) June 16, 2019
It’s a player’s responsibility to face the media, and when they failed to meet up to their responsibilities, they should be held accountable. Even if the media attacks tend to go over the top, they’re within their right to do it.
The question is why this only applies to players.
Sandy Anderson used to meet with the press before every homestand. He was there to answer for everything good or bad (mostly bad). It’s a tradition Brodie Van Wagenen has not followed. Instead, his media availability during homestands typically only goes as far as the notes he leaves telling the media he hopes they enjoy the doughnuts he bought them.
There’s also Jeff Wilpon, who never makes himself available to the media. That is, unless, he’s in studio with his friend Mike Francesa whose toughest question to Jeff is whether Jeff McNeil or Yoenis Cespedes could come within 25 strokes of him on the golf course.
Basically, the media will kill players for their self-imposed unavailability, but they’re unwilling to do the same with the General Manager or ownership. That goes at least double for ownership.
Sure, we will hear about how Syndergaard left his team high and dry to answer questions for him. However, we won’t hear the same about how Van Wagenen and the Wilpons do the same exact thing to Mickey Callaway and the Mets players.
No, for some reason only players need to be held accountable by the media. The Wilpons and Van Wagenen can and will continue getting a pass for the same behavior despite their unavailability being all the more egregious than what an injured Syndergaard, a player who’s always there to answer questions, did today.
That is a ridiculous double standard.