COMMENTARY | The New York Mets haven't always made the best decisions.
Black jerseys for a team whose primary colors are blue and orange. Enlisting a dating website to help solicit All-Star votes for David Wright. Deferred money for Bobby Bonilla.
We have another one to add to the growing list of gaffes.
If you haven't heard by now, the Mets sent out a tweet Monday from their official Twitter account that seemed to take a jab at the New York Yankees, their crosstown rivals. The tweet said the following:
"Don't forget to stretch those quads before coming out to Citi Field!"
It was accompanied by a photo of the Mets stretching on the field prior to that night's game against the Atlanta Braves.
This came one day after it was revealed that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez would miss more time because of a quad injury, and a few days after a quad injury landed Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter back on the disabled list.
The Mets deleted the tweet shortly after it was posted.
The Yankees have had their fair share of injuries this year. Yet they're 53-47 and in the hunt for a playoff spot in the American League. The Mets are eight games under .500. The Yankees have won five World Series since 1996, and they've made the playoffs 17 times since 1995. The Mets haven't won the World Series since 1986 and they've made it back to the playoffs only four times since. The Yankees have history. The Mets have Mr. Met.
In times like these, it's best for the little brother to mind his own business.
The Mets are claiming that the tweet had nothing to do with the Yankees.
"There was no ill will or intent," a team spokesman said, according to the New York Daily News. "The person who sent the tweet had no idea about the Yankees' injuries."
Someone please buy that person a clue. Better yet, tell the Mets we're not buying it.
Charles Costello has followed the Mets closely since the rookie years of Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). He was a beat reporter assigned to cover the Mets during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
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