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Mets director of media relations: king of the butt dialers

Mar 25, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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Recently we mentioned the Twitter adventures of Jay Horwitz, the Mets’ director of media relations. Today Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal notes something for which he is far more infamous: butt dialing.

The 67 year-old Horwitz has a Blackberry which he refuses to lock for some reason and, as a result, he accidentally calls players, team officials, everyone, all the time and at all hours. He called Ike Davis during a game once. He called Livan Hernandez in a clubhouse 2,000 miles away. It’s a funny story, mostly for the players explaining their confusion at these calls they get from Horwitz.

The Mets have spent years trying to put a friendly, approachable and human face on the franchise. Here’s an idea: any instance in which a Wilpon is scheduled to make an appearance or an announcement of any kind, let Horwitz do it. He sounds like so much fun. It’d be like your friend’s awesome dad is running the Mets. And who wouldn’t like that?

  1. chill1184 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Old man + Technology = /facepalm

  2. polonelmeagrejr - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Nice article. Craig is at his best when he doesn’t swing for the fences.

  3. mybrunoblog - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    I hope Davis didn’t answer the phone during the game. Oh wait, it really doesn’t matter for his team.

  4. soxfan34110 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Another hard hitting, Pulitzer quality piece by Mr. Calcaterra.

    • baseballisboring - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Yeah exactly, cause every post on a baseball blog has to be hard hitting, thought provoking analysis. No room for fun anecdotes, ever.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Hurwitz is a legend and watching these guys, like Scully and Twitter, it can be an amusing trainwreck when technology is injected into their/our lives.

  6. professormaddog31 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    So should we call him Sir Mets-a-lot?

  7. soxfan34110 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    And in other news, Mr. Horwitz farts when he walks.

  8. apmn - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Just imagine what Seinfeld could have done with a butt-dialing New York baseball executive…it would have been gold, Jerry! Gold!

  9. richyballgame - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Gotta love Jay!

  10. kev86 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I sit behind him at Giants games during football season. Nice guy that keeps to himself.

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