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Mets refuse to talk to reporter after fat jokes about Colon

9:55 am: In a post to Twitter, New York Post beat writer Mike Puma said he did not intend to offend Bartolo Colon with his comments last week.

“For the record, I keep hot fudge on my neck for long games,” Puma added.


April 28: Mets players refused to speak with reporters Friday, Apr. 25, until Puma was escorted out of the clubhouse (Daily News, April 27).

In his postgame report the day before, titled ‘LARDBALL,’ Puma wrote: “If the umpires searched Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.”

Colon, who pitched seven innings and let up one run in his last start, is listed at 285 pounds.

According to multiple tweets, Puma was calmly escorted from the clubhouse, after which players talked with media as they normally do after the game.

This past Spring Training, Ike Davis also ripped in to Puma, who published a report saying Davis concealed an oblique injury from the team for most of last season.

“If Ike Davis took a swing at me, he might miss,” Puma later told WFAN during a phone interview.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In late February, writing from Port St. Lucie, I mentioned how I felt a unique tension between Mets players and media in the clubhouse and around camp. Players young and old told me it was just a natural reaction to having the same group of people, reporters and players, so close together, everyday, for months. I took what they said as true, but it was nevertheless palpable, so much so that Davis actually confronted a reporter in front of other reporters… twice.

I noticed other, more subtle moments as well, whether it was backhanded comments, shoulder shrugging or taunting, most of which also seemed like guys just being guys, ribbing one another, in what is a weird, but professional, close-knit situation. I haven’t been to Citi Field much this season, so I assumed this was isolated to PSL. Then, this report about boycotting Puma surfaced…

I suppose this could be just an issue with Puma, or maybe it’s an overall issue with New York Post. I can’t say I blame the Mets. The Post has been downright mean and totally disrespectful at times, whether casting immature fat jokes, calling people ‘clowns,’ and routinely editing images together to make further fun of people who are just trying to do their jobs. I’m all for criticism and honest reporting, but I believe everyone (media and fans) should always be fair and respectful. Of course, this isn’t isolated to the Mets, they do it to all teams.

It’s also worth noting that Jon Niese barked at reporters to stop tweeting about the team’s clubhouse, following a controversial report about Dan Warthen, which originated from an off-record conversation overheard in the locker room.

In the end, though, my educated guess (speaking as fan, media member, and someone who talks to lots of people around this and other New York teams) I think this may also be a situation where young players are coming up, working hard and feeling pride in what they’re doing, but – instead of finally getting a bit of well-earned praise – they’re being met with constant criticism and negativism, night after night, despite doing what they probably feel is above-and-beyond work with local media.

I may be reading between lines here, but - if true – I can’t say I blame them. I feel it as a Mets fan. I’m finally feeling happy and proud of these guys. I know it could all end tomorrow. But, right now, they’re good and fun to watch. Nevertheless, despite being 14-11, the future looking bright, and these guys playing well and doing much better than expected given their early-season schedule, some people in media, other baseball fans and even some fellow Mets fans continue to mock what this team is doing. I understand, I’m frustrated and I don’t even wear a uniform.




205 comments
Olerud42
Olerud42

The NY Post isn't a newspaper, it's conservative propaganda / trash.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

Of course Puma didn't intend to insult Colon. Puma didn't mean it, though. That wasn't his intent. It was to mock Colon and to ridicule him. So Colon just took it wrong and Puma is surprised? Maybe it's the language barrier. Yeah, that's it. The language barrier.

Puma is a journalist who doesn't know the meaning of the words he writes. 

90wins
90wins

Who reads the NY Post? That was merely a publicity stunt. As they say, there is no such thing as bad publicity. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

Good for the Mets. I fully support.

TheAngryAcct
TheAngryAcct

I like it, kick Puma out of the clubhouse.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Stuff like this bonds the team, he's actually doing them a favor!!!!!!

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

lol. puma is doing his job. he is cheaply entertaining for a tabloid crap newspaper. this isn't the ny times. interesting the mets would be sensy sallies over this. and yeah colon should lose pounds, he is a pro athlete making tons of money and it would be beneficial. in fact it should almost be a requirement for a physical job to be at a certain physical level. he can do the job overweight, but if he cut weight, maybe his endurance is better. he owes it to those that pay him not to be overweight. and the mets shouldn't; be all sensitive about that.

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

Does it surprise anyone that this was the New York Post? The paper is garbage. It's like the National Inquire expect sometimes the articles are based on true stories.

FLMetsFan973
FLMetsFan973

@metsblog You didn't just offend Colon, Mr. Puma. You managed to piss off the whole damn team.

Robert Yuricic
Robert Yuricic

“For the record, I keep hot fudge on my neck for long games,” Puma added.


And WTF is that supposed to mean?  Maybe Puma wants to mix his hot fudge with Colon's peanut butter.....sheesh

LoL at the if Ike took a swing at me he would miss... #daggers

ofdzca7
ofdzca7

They're worried about the wrong stuff if the players make an issue of this. A confident team would blow it off. 

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

Good for the players. If you are a reporter, and are being a total mean-spirited ***, players don't have to talk to you. Guys like Puma need their wings clipped. Simply keep it professional. The fat jokes with Colon need to go...the good-natured ribbing period is over...now it just comes off as high schoolish bullying. We get it. Move on.

Kyle Decker
Kyle Decker

Wait, the NY Post is a real news paper?  Could have fooled me.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

The NY Post is the absolute worst newspaper (if it can be called that) in NYC, perhaps the entire country. The sports writers (if one can describe them as writers) are horrible; they root for the Yankees; they sensationalize everything out of proportion for every NY team; and these hacks never miss an opportunity to bash the Mets at every turn. I stopped reading it a long time ago. I particularly have a problem with that rag because on a day when American soldiers are killed in war; or a tornado kills an entire family; or this city has something important going on; this POS rag usually has some girl in a bikini on the front page, rather than actual news. It's the National Enquirer of newspapers. It's not even worth that description. Puma only wishes he could string two sentences together so he could find a real job with a real publication. 

Söze, Keyser
Söze, Keyser

Many angles to this issue. Puma, not exactly a physical specimen himself, ought to have taken it easy on the weight angle. Show some class and basic human respect. A passing reference is one thing, but that article and headline were yet another embarassment to journalism. Maybe Puma didn't write the headline, but in aggregate, it was yet another moronic episode for the Post (and the Daily News isn't far behind them).

The organization's players probably have some obligation, via MLB policy, to play with the media...but pretty sure they also don't have to tolerate insults. Which is basically what Puma's article was. It wasn't anything like insightful (using that word loosely here) reporting that managed to ruffle a few feathers...ala Ike.

OTOH, I get the points made that the players are also (very highly paid) adults and could have easily pulled him aside pregame to express their outrage. Maybe they did. But if they did, I didn't see that reported.

Nbefor Belair
Nbefor Belair

"instead of finally getting a bit of well-earned praise..."


Let's throw them a parade, and award them a "Congratulations!" trophy after starting the season 13-11. 


Are they for real with this nonsense? Here's an idea:  Make the playoffs.  Or, at least make it through one entire season without a brutal month-long chokefest.  You know, like the free falls that have happened for the past 5 years or so? 


The fact that going 13-11 makes this team feel like they are entitled to any level of respect or praise is laughable.  Most likely, they will go 5-20 in some month during the season, like we've seen happen every year in the past. 

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Typical New York Post - same paper that Photoshopped a skirt on Shane Victorino before the Yanks-Phillies World Series. Nice to see someone hold them accountable.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Or maybe the Mets are tired of the Post and how some of their "reporters" do nothing but sensationalize and create drama? Yeah, probably that one. 

openmind6
openmind6

Did Puma make sure to write a piece on Lardo CC Sabathia as well?

stage52
stage52

@wilpondscm When you can  make one pitch in the big Leagues Call me.  I will not be waiting at the phone either.

lindro88
lindro88

He pitches well at this weight. He's 40 years old. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@wilpondscm  Colon doesn't owe anyone anything other than to show up and play baseball.


Also, fat shaming: not ok. 



James D Kimberlin
James D Kimberlin

@Joe Wenzel You Guys don't get it. It is about Respect! These are Major League Baseball Players, they have earned the right to respect. Plus if this guy Puma tried this on the guy who makes his egg sandwich everyday, I'm sure there would be something extra in his eggs!

anymos
anymos

@Orlando Fernandez How does having self-respect equate to a lack of confidence?  They should just swallow their pride and pretend the hack didn't print a presonal insult?

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@Nbefor Belair Why are you such a cynic? He is saying that young players are working really hard and deserve some credit for that. Don't forget, a lot of these guys are new to the NY media. And Puma and the Post are just plain mean. The Post blows!

rico
rico

@Robert C. Smith  Here's how to get back at the NY POST….don't read it, don't buy it, don't click on their site.  If they don't get you to read (especially the news sections) you win, they lose.


As much as I hate Murdoch and that rag, i do like the sports section and astrology of course :)

Nbefor Belair
Nbefor Belair

@Zach Ripple   I wish they were as tired of being the laughingstock of the NL East.  They seem to be the whipping boys of the Braves, Phillies, Nats, and even the Marlins.  But they get brave against some hack from The Post.  Wonderful.

rico
rico

@anymos  if I was Colon I would be offended that the Post did a full back page that said LARDBALL.  The peanut butter comment is nothing.  Colon and the Mets should be hating on the editors who went with LARDBALL over Puma who made a joke as an aside in his article.

Nbefor Belair
Nbefor Belair

@Josh Eppard  They weren't when this happened, were they?


Either way, "blaming the media" gets old really fast.  This collection of scrubs had better put up or shut up if they are going to play that game.


If they do their usual fade, they're going to get ripped 10 times worse, and deservedly so.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@Nbefor Belair @Zach Ripple  The Mets are second in the division. I don't even get the point you're trying to make, if you even have one. The Post has plenty of history with sensationalizing stories just to stir up some drama. How do Puma's comments about Colon's weight improve his reporting of facts? It doesn't. As a journalism student, I find this kind of writing disgusting, as it is the very reason journalists and reporters get a bad rap. It's because of writers and publications like Puma and the NY Post.

stage52
stage52

@Joe Wenzel Sorry that Job is not working for you Joe but hurry up with my Fries!

anymos
anymos

@Joe Wenzel It has nothing to do with anyone's profession.  This was not constructive criticism and this guy is not their buddy.  I don't think you'd find it funny if I came to your place of business, sat in a meeting with you, then sent an e-mail to your colleagues saying I found you to be completely ignorant and unprofessional in your appearance and how you conduct yourself.  Just because Puma tried to be witty when he insulted him doesn't make it ok.

anymos
anymos

@Nbefor Belair @Josh Eppard if this was honest criticism of a player, no one would have said a word.  This was a reporter just throwing insults at a guy because he's overweight.  It had nothing to do with how the team was playing or how Colon was pitching.  F Puma.  If I walked up to you and said you were a fat piece of s' for no reason, I doubt you'd be so gracious and accepting of it.

Josh Eppard
Josh Eppard

They weren't 13-11 when this happened either. But whatever, I hear ya.