Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom took home the National League Cy Young Award. That wasn’t all that surprising.
What was surprising is that he received 29 of 30 first-place votes. The one baseball writer from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America didn’t vote for deGrom has some explaining to do. WFAN host Steve Somers had the writer on his show to get some answers and it didn’t go well.
John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune joined Somers’ show early on Thursday morning and ended the interview after he was accused of seeking his 15 minutes of fame.
Via New York Post:
Long-time WFAN host Steve Somers, who landed an interview with John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune early Thursday, started the discussion in his classic, joking style about why the writer did not pick the Mets’ ace.
But it all went wrong. Here’s how the interview went down:
“There was one baseball writer, and we have him on the line right now,” Somers said. “John Maffei — not from Washington, where you would think homerism lives and thrives — John Maffei is with the San Diego Union Tribune. John, can you look at yourself in the mirror. … John?”
“Can I?” Maffei said. “Absolutely.”
“No, no, no, no, you’re looking for 15 minutes of fame and attention,” Somers interjected.
That apparently didn’t sit too well with Maffei.
“Steve, this interview is over,” Maffei said. “Thank you, goodbye.”
Then he hung up.
If you’re this writer I don’t know how you’re not prepared to handle people being critical of your vote. You’re the only guy who didn’t vote for deGrom, explain yourself.