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Mets protest New York Post after unflattering article about Bartolo Colon

Apr 26, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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Bartolo Colon made his fifth start of the season on Thursday against the Cardinals, holding them to one run over seven innings as his team went on to win 4-1. The following day, an unflattering article about Colon was published in the New York Post, and as a result, the Mets wouldn’t speak with the media Friday until the article’s author, Mike Puma, left the clubhouse.

The details, via the New York Daily News:

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

Good for the Mets. Fat jokes are a crutch for lazy, unfunny people. Plus, I’d be willing to bet Bartolo Colon would physically outperform a vast majority of people criticizing his weight in print and on the Internet.

  1. zakharovsa - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Was the headline or the article the problem? If it was the headline, someone should tell the Mets that the writer doesn’t come up with the headline.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      While that is the case, the Mets would still be justified in bouncing the Post. The paper wants to play those games? The paper doesn’t get to have the access.

      I don’t know if the Post has more than one guy on the Mets beat, though.

  2. vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    The last paragraph of Bill’s post really has to hit home with Old Felcher.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM


    • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      You’re right. Hack journalists and illiterate, guttermouthed lowlives have a great deal in common.

    • vivabear - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      You think bill is a hack journalist, Old Felcher? Not sure where that’s coming from. Kevin S just priced himself to be an inconsequential douche bag.

      • vivabear - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:45 AM


      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        You can’t read anything for what it plainly says, so stupid are you, my poor pathetic sewerbear.

        Well, it’s okay – I think it’s safe to say that at the rate you’re going, nearly everyone on this blog will have become a “douche bag” in your excremental eyes a they become sick of you and say so, with the possible exception of your newfound partner in lowlifery, our virtual village idiot. Of course, I do understand that this hilarious meeting of the mindless was occasioned by the experience of finding yourself cracked open like a rotten egg by a professional therapist in full view of everyone, and by the mounting chorus of disgust and derision you’ve brought down upon yourself here lately.

        What you don’t want to face is that you’re just another widget poor dim Harry picked out of the digital dumpster because he’s also been peeled in public, knows nobody takes his fantasy glamor world seriously even as a joke, and is desperate to cultivate some support. Desperate enough, that is, to turn to the likes of you, because he knows you’re just as desperate as he is. What should be painfully obvious even to you is that he’s just a user who needs a temporary crutch to justify his imitation existence, and as soon as he no longer has any further use for you, he’ll drop you back in the tip where he found you.

      • vivabear - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Again u completely miss the entire point, probably intentionally so u can twist it to make urself look better. You’ve constantly made snide remarks about colon’s weight, and others. So the last paragraph of Bill’s article perfectly deacribes u: lazy and unfunny. But just felch away, its what u do best.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        No, your illiteracy, wretchedness and obsessive hostility are precisely the point. Your ducking and dodging, and your transparent, puerile rhetorical reversal ploys are part of the point, too. Seven is absolutely right: the root of your problem which is profound, is that you can’t face your own insignificance and rather than deal with it, you hide from it like a spanked baby.

        Now once again, I wouldn’t even have to explain this to the average idiot, but you’re well below average so here we go back to basics. It’s one thing to mention that weight affects performance – as in, for example, my comments that sooner or later Prince Fielder’s weight would catch up with him in orthopedic terms – and another thing to make an abusive joke of it, which is what Puma did, or the kind of thing that gutter trash like you would do, and often do. Unsurprisingly, it’s another simple distinction which you cannot make.

        Seven is right. You need to get help.

  3. wilmyers09 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    zakharovsa if u could read it says the article was the problem

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    The first sentenced refered to Colon’s neck being filled with peanut butter and not pine tar.

  5. thebadguyswon - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    The first sentence referred to Colon’s neck being filled with peanut butter and not pine tar.

  6. jjschiller - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    The Mets do kind of have a point here. I’m not sure why it is that the press are the only people given a pass on insensitivity. When Brandon Philips made fat jokes about a member of the press, he was excoriated. Why should the press get a pass, while simultaneously passing judgement?

    Withdraw credentials from the New York Post, until they issue an apology. Let them report on that, make themselves the story. That’s like, the Post’s second favorite thing to do.

    (Please note, I think Brandon Philips was completely wrong in his case, too, and my above comparison was not meant as a defense of Philips.)

  7. nottinghamforest13 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    He can certainly throw better than the better part of the population and maybe even hit but I can’t see him physically outperforming them.

    • jjschiller - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Go throw pitch off a mound, and throw 115 fastballs. Ignoring that you won’t hit a target, and won’t throw them as hard as he can, just do what you’re capable of, off a hill, 115 times. It won’t just be your arm that’s sore. It isn’t just “throwing.”

      Hell, do it without a ball. Just lunge down off the hill 115 times, and you’ll see what I’m saying. Pitchers do work, they don’t just throw.

      He’s fat, he’s carrying a lot more weight than you or I. But not knowing anything about your physical fitness level, I’d place a blind bet that his legs are fitter than yours; his muscles, though “undefined,” are more limber than yours, and that you don’t have the physical stamina to perform the act of delivering a pitch 115 times.

      I’m 30 and relatively fit, and I can throw flat-ground BP all day. But pitching, off a mound… I’ve got about 40 pitches in my lungs.

      • bkbell3 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Shiller, if you think throwing a baseball once every 20-30 seconds not counting the wait for hits etc, then sitting down after 3 outs for a spell as your team hits then you have never played baseball or pitched.This guy has a world class right arm and a fat out of shape non-professional or athletic lump of a body.smh I guarantee you he can’t run or do much of anything without passing out. You don’t get that fat by working out and being in shape. I like him as a pitcher but he needs to get into shape to do well all season and prolong his career.

      • spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Hooray for you jj. All I can do is say, Well Done.

      • spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Here is what I would love to see. Any one of the commentors/commenters here who are dissin Colon, feebly try to hit him. If athletic embarrassment is your thing your performance against him would be classic.

  8. professor30 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    The most troubling issue here is that some people actually read the New York Post. It’s like a daily National Enquirer.

  9. Jack Marshall - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Agreed—good for the Mets. It’s a form of cheap, acceptable bigotry, a double-standard, and a few such demonstrations are necessary before such playground bully tactics stop being tolerated. I just hope the Mets fans remember this when the target is Republican governor or a conservative talk show host.

    • yahmule - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Holy ****ing cheeseballs!

      Here’s a guy who’s actually insinuating Chris Christie and Rush Limbaugh are victims of bullying instead of enormous beneficiaries of those kind of tactics.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Rush Limbaugh bullied a 14-year-old Chelsea Clinton. In the first five minutes of the his TV talk show, that fat toad referred to a teenage girl as the White House dog.

        Yeah. Let’s remember the humanity of Rush Limbaugh.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Limbaugh is a governor?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Nevrmind – missed the 2nd part of his quote :)

      • Jack Marshall - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Here’s a guy who understand the ethical principle that a wrongful tactic is still wrong, regardless of the victim, jerk. It’s pretty basic. Taught it to my kid before he was 7.

      • yahmule - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Thank you for the ethics lesson as you insult me. And nobody cares about your parenting techniques.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Rush Limbaugh is a fat, Oxy-popping piece of crap. He deserves to be called out by the standards he sets in his attacks, you sanctimonious, false-equalizing douche canoe. You’re the same asshole who gleefully cheered Barry Bonds’ blackballing from the game because you didn’t like him, and you have the gall to pull out “the ethical principle that a wrongful tactic is still wrong, regardless of the victim”? Piss off, you hypocritical dick wad.

      • brewcrewchamps - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:20 AM

        Without touching the political aspect of Rush at all, he’s a mega douche.

        A bad person is a bad person whether they’re considered conservative or liberal.

      • chc4 - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        I love those claiming that calling Colon fat is over the line then turn around and do the same about Rush in the next sentence. It’s either wrong or it isn’t regardless of whether you like the guy. I despise hypocrites.

      • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        The difference is that nothing about Colon’s professional demeanor expresses the kind of callousness, stupidity and overweened egotism that Rush’s gluttony symbolizes. You’re comparing grapes with pumpkins.

  10. maritime85 - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    +1 mets

  11. timmmah10 - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Wait…. Bartolo Colon is Fat? Word?

  12. barrywhererufrom - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    If the metts boycott the post and nobody reports it did it still happen?

  13. aceshigh11 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    You can say whatever you want about Colon and his PED history, but to be 40 years old and still pitching at the level he is, gut or no, he’s gotta be in good shape on some level.

  14. phillyguyindc - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I don’t know why they have post game press conferences these days. The teams benefit nothing from it, it’s not 1960 anymore. The press twisting words arounds doesn’t benefit MLB one bit.

    • anxovies - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      It’s to give the media a modicum of credibility when they fabricate their stories.

  15. disgracedfury - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I can’t wait till ThE Post and Daily News(aka Selig henchmen) go out of business.sports editors and journalist like Joel Sherman and Heyman are future Pro Sports Bloggers.

  16. huskerguy - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Everyone would be in an uproar if it said “gay ball” or “blackball” or something like that. But because someone is larger it is ok to attack. Why not the uproar with this personal attack? At least the Mets had the courage to…

    • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Sounds to me like the Mutts did indeed treat it as seriously as if it were a racist comment. They booted the jerk, and more power to them. Unfortunately, hacks like Puma don’t really need “access” to function as hacks. They can sit behind their word processors cranking out garbage all day without ever lugging their sorry carcasses to a ballgame. “Journalism” in this country has sunk to the level where even their editors won’t really care, either.

  17. kappy32 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Unnecessary cheap shot at Colon. If they want to talk about him as a past PED user, then I’m fine with that (even as a Mets fan). However, when you go after someone because of their appearance, whether it is looks or weight, you are making the article very personal for the person being written about. If the roles were reversed & Colon went after a reporter because of his weight, you better believe he would be raked over the coals in every NY print media & rightfully so. It’s a double standard with the press. They write about anything they want, regardless of how that article may damage someone, but you can never go after them. The second you question biased writing or articles based off of “anonymous sources” they fire back, crying how someone dare question their credibility. As I mentioned above, I am a Mets fan, and what I really like about what happened is how the entire team went to bat for Colon. This is his first year on the Mets & he is entering a group that, for the most part, has played together everyday for the past 3 years. On some teams a guy like Colon would be considered an outsider, but I guess not with the Mets. To me it speaks volumes about the type of guy that Colon is (that the team would take to him so quickly) and to the solid leadership on the team (Wright as the veteran captain of the team). I know it is early, but the Mets have played much better than I could have imagined. After seeing this story, I believe that comradery & chemistry goes a long way in a team playing well. Good job, Mets. Now I just hope they all love each other this much come late July & early August.

  18. metalhead65 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    good for the mets players for sticking up for their teammate but enough of the insensitivity garbage. it was a funny headline and he was just saying what everybody is thinking. when you think of professional athletes you usually do not think of fat tub of lard like that guy. doesn’t mean he is not good at what he does only that he is fat and lazy for letting himself go. the mets players do not have to talk the reporter but it does not mean he has to go re-education …er sensitivity training either. enough of the pc crap where everyone must think the same pc thoughts or somebody is offended.

  19. anxovies - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Fat Bartolo pitched 190 innings last year when he was 40 years old and can still throw a 90+ mph fastball on occasion. There is some muscle surrounding that gut. People thought John Belushi was fat until they saw him do handstands and flips.

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