Mets’ politically correct hypocrisy knows no bounds
Justice isn’t blind. It just sees what it chooses to see.
Here’s the timeline. See if it makes any sense:
May 2014, the Mets salute Queens native, vulgar, N-wording, women-degrading rapper and recidivist criminal 50 Cent by having him throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
May 2016, former Mets’ shortstop Jose Reyes, then with the Rockies, is suspended by MLB for violating its domestic violence policy by allegedly assaulting his wife.
July 2016, the Mets reacquire Reyes. His return is mostly applauded by fans in Citi Field. The Mets, after all, are short infielders.
March 2018, the Mets fire two longtime, popular and productive front office workers, Alex Anthony — the team’s public address man since 2004 and an able, entertaining host of Mets’ off-field events — and Chris Granozio — who did a lot of everything before, during and after home games since 1996.
They were fired after a new co-worker not only eavesdropped on a private conversation between the two, she recorded it — Anthony’s ribald Bob Murphy imitation, one that included, “p—y.”
The woman then brought her covert recording to team management/ownership. The two were soon sacked for creating a sexually hostile work environment.
April 2018, the Mets announce that 50 Cent will be back to throw out the first pitch. Among Cent’s recorded, sold and performed “songs” is one titled “I Smell P—y.”
June, 22, 2018, the Mets, a sneaker company and rapper Busta Rhymes conduct a game/concert come-on to promote Rhymes’ association with the sneaker company.
Among Rhymes’ recorded, sold and publicly performed “songs” is “Break Ya Neck.”
Its lyrics include, “The only thing you need to do right here is nod your f—in’ head. Yeah, yeah, break ya f—in’ neck, bitches …
“Talk to a n—a, talk to me … the way you break yo’ back and I break yo’ neck …
“Y’all n—-s know every time I come through, this motherf—er, where we always takin’ the ride, so let me do this bitch … Break yo’ neck, n—a.”
There are many such Rhymes songs to choose from.
But 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes must meet with Commissioner Rob “Kids Count Most” Manfred’s and the Wilpons’ approval and sense of what and who should enhance the sell of big league games.
Perhaps then, they’d like to sing a few of those rappers’ lyrics in public. No? Why not?
And Alex Anthony and Chris Granozio — two longtime, well-liked and highly regarded Mets’ employees — were fired as insufferable humans because an eavesdropping co-worker heard and recorded Anthony telling Granozio a satirical dirty joke in what they presumed was private.
The Mets, you see, would never allow anyone, under any circumstances, to feel any social discomfort or pander to those who promote antisocial behavior. They’ll stand for none of that — unless it can help win a few games and sell some tickets.
Upsetting use of ‘upset’; here ‘we’ go again, Suzyn
Listening to WFAN’s Yankees broadcasts while driving can create road rage on an otherwise empty road.
Wednesday, the Fourth of July, a FAN update during the second inning of Braves-Yankees, delivered this news: “Caroline Wozniacki upset at Wimbledon!”
By whom? We weren’t told. But we could stick around for three more hours to learn she was beaten by Ekaterina Makarova, a player of international note and more than $13 million in winnings.
Moments later, returned to the game, well, sorta, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman engaged in a chat about the patriotic vest she wears every Fourth of July.
“George,” she said, told her he likes it, presumably a reference to George Steinbrenner as opposed to George Washington.
Then she added that “George” told her he liked it, “in 1996, the year we won our first World Series.”
Checking the W’s from the Yanks’ ’96 Series roster, Waldman must’ve confused herself with John Wetteland, David Weathers or Bernie Williams.
Spoke last week with a Jets’ season-ticket holder of more than 40 years, until he could no longer suffer the beatings: thousands of dollars in PSL costs, annually rising ticket costs, must-buy exhibition games and being seated near those who purchased tickets for 10 bucks on resale sites.
Line forms to the rear.
If PSLs, as Roger Goodell claimed, “are good investments,” why did they immediately eliminate long waiting lists of those who wanted to purchase Jets and Giants season tickets at face And mostly escalating values? And why have Jets and Giants tickets gone from a tough get to a tough dump?
And let us not forget the bogus sales techniques the Jets used to sell PSLs, including the broadcasted claim — the lie — that you’d better hurry because they’re nearly sold out, and that purchasers would have first crack at tickets to all PSL Stadium events.
Then there was the Jets’ PSL contract, which in small print read that no matter what the team’s sales reps pitched or promised to entice you to buy, none of it counts, only the printed terms of the contract.
But at about $40 million a year, Goodell is good with all of it.
YES, you had seen Higgy
Those who watch YES’ “Homegrown,” a superb series about the Yankees’ minor leaguers, were familiar with call-up catcher Kyle Higashioka last July, when the personable Californian was seen and heard playing clubhouse guitar for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Like stats? Friday, 59th minute of the Brazil-Belgium World Cup match, Fox posted a graphic showing Brazil ahead in “essential” stats: “possession percentages,” and way ahead in “completed passes” and “pass accuracy.” Not that the score mattered, but at the time Belgium was up, 2-0.
Is there no one at YES to tell Paul O’Neill that there’s no need to speak — give a forced, obligatory speech — after every pitch?
Aaron Hicks grew hot at roughly the moment Mike Francesa spoke another of his expert baseball touts, this one that Hicks is a waste of roster space.
Pity that the sensational save made by France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris against Uruguay on Friday had less chance of making our nightly highlights than video of someone standing at home plate, posing.
From reader Brian Welsh: Lance Stephenson, 27 year-old shooting guard/small forward from Brooklyn, recently joined his eighth different NBA team since turning pro nine seasons ago. He has twice been with Indianapolis, once each with Memphis, Minnesota, Charlotte, the L.A. Clippers and New Orleans, and joined the Lakers last week.
The next time you hear some pandering sportscaster compliment a pro for “playing with swagger,” ask yourself this: Would the speaker rather see Brandon Nimmo swagger more, hustle less?
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