Newsday’s Tim Healey is telling his side of the Mets locker room incident with manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas. According to Healey, what set off Callaway was being told that he would see him tomorrow.
Callaway took the comment at a sarcastic shot and went off on him, via Newsday:
“Mickey came out of his office, dressed, and I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, ‘See you tomorrow, Mickey,’ ” Healey said. “And then he said, ‘Don’t be a smart-ass.”
“I couldn’t confidently tell you exactly what he said, but he said, ‘You know we’re going to be in a bad mood after a loss,’ or something like that. And I tried to tell him, I didn’t mean anything by it. I was just saying I’ll see you tomorrow. And then he said, ‘Get this guy out of here,’ and that got the attention of Jason Vargas.”
After his interaction with Callaway, Healy noticed Vargas was staring at him and asked him if he had anything to say.
According to Healey, Vargas was getting dressed at his locker, which was about 15 feet away in the cramped visitors’ clubhouse, and Healey noticed the pitcher had been staring at him for what seemed like roughly 45 seconds. Healey said he was just standing there, “wondering why Mickey was blowing up,” when he saw Vargas. He recalled asking him if everything was OK or if there was something he wanted to say.
That’s when Vargas threatened him.
“He said, ‘I’ll knock you out right here’ and then took a couple of steps toward me,” Healey said. “Some people said charged — charged is super-strong.”
It sounds like the reporter was doing that little passive aggressive reporter thing. Should he have been threatened with violence?
Probably not, but the bottom line was there was no real violence. Everyone will kiss and make up and the Mets will continue to circle the drain. All will be right with the world.
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