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Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

Feb 15, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

Phelps speedo

Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following:

Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a Speedo.

Based on this picture, I think we must conclude that today he fulfilled his promise.

But yes, I agree that even if that is technical compliance, it is a half-hearted effort.  Next time someone says something like that, let’s all be sure we collectively nail down the terms beforehand.  Because when a beat writer says he’s gonna wear a Speedo, we should expect a little skin.

Wait. These are beat writers we’re talking about.  And most of them aren’t in good shape like Martino is.  Let’s just forget I said that, OK?  And if you need me, I’ll be huddled over in the corner, rocking back and forth and trying to make the bad thoughts go away.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Kinda reminds me of Pierce Brosnan in Matador. If that were a photo of a real beat writer instead of a centerfold from Mandate for Kids, , he’d be holding a can of cerveza like Brosnan too.

  2. BC - Feb 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Now why couldn’t that former Jets reporter that Favre was all over have made that bet? Or Drew Barrymore making that bet?

    • kinggeorge96 - Feb 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      I tried to give that the ‘ole thumbs up 2x.. but it wouldn’t let me. Figured it was only fair, you did mention 2 ladies…

    • Old Gator - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      BC, just Google your beloved Drew. I guarantee you you’ll find plenty of images of her in scanty deshabille.

      Just out of curiosity, what do all you Drew Barrymore freaks call yourselves anyway? Drewids?

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Not that I really wanted to see the guy in a Speedo, but that is pretty freaking lame. He should have just not worn the Speedo at all if he was going to do that. Pathetic.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 15, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Like I want to see anyone at all in a Speedo…I shudder at the mental image—kinda like Andy Reid in the spandex from the Terrible Owens days.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Feb 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Yeah…he wussed out.

  5. Jonny 5 - Feb 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Covering it in jeans and a speedo does not = Covering it in a speedo. What a total Wimp. And a bet backer outer to boot… I hope his readers tear him a new one. If they aren’t all in a deep depression right now of course.

  6. cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    GOOD LORD! Jeez man they fined Woods for spitting they oughta fine this guy too! I don’t wanna see anymore of this guys skin, ok? All of you posting the speedo is too big ned to get a grip; if speedo made onesie type affair that went from neck to knees then that what he should be wearing. Dang, dawg! Somebody get me the eye bleach! It burns! It burns!

  7. cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Ok. I can calm down. I was looking at the wrong picture. Whew. Jeans and a speedo, now that’s ok. No fine for him. This is what I mean about making unwise bets, though. You’ll still have to eat a hat if Wells out plays Beltran this season Calcaterra. Do what this guy did; hedge like a mo fo. You NEED to be seen in a meat hat or you will be dining on felt or wool, neither of which are good for the digestion.

    • dluxxx - Feb 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Well, he could eat a cake hat. One of the few times that cake is better than pie.

      • cur68 - Feb 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        No, no, no. The hat has to be a deterrent, not a reward. If you make it a cake hat he’ll be betting Madonna lays off shaggin ball players or he’ll eat his cake hat, see? Hat can’t kill him either; he amuses me. I just want him to suffer a little, just enough so he’s real cautious about threatening to eat things if something is little more than a 50/50 split. It’s a bit like training a puppy not to drink alcohol; sometimes you gotta let the little fella get sick so he learns to lay of the booze, see?

  8. kinggeorge96 - Feb 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Not that I actually would look at the picture, but from the coments here I can see he wussed out.. He could’ve at least manned up for a day in the speedo, even an hour wouldn’t have killed him. A bets a bet dude!

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