1. Who'd have ever thought that a press conference held by a sub-.500 team to announce the firing of a faceless minor league head would be able to overshadow the headline-grabbing monster that is trade deadline week?
And yet that's exactly what happened with Omar Minaya's disaster on the dais Monday afternoon. His attack on NYDN reporter Adam Rubin was almost universally called a farce by anyone with the ability to reason and see that the presser was just a laughable attempt to whack Rubin in the kneecaps for writing stories that led to the firing of Tony Bernazard.
Minaya eventually entered the Citi Field pressbox with the intention of apologizing to Rubin on Monday night, but the reporter had left, apparently to pen his own defense in the pages of his paper this morning. Not that he needed to, though, because almost every New York paper was already out for blood on Rubin's behalf. [NYDN]
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2. Extra points to Rubin's headline crew for the Smokey reference above. There were actually a lot of amusing words written off Monday's drama — at least for non-Mets fans — but the hands-down best were penned by Wallace Matthews, the always angry Newsday columnist. Here's his lead:
"The Mets are the only organization in professional sports that can call a news conference to announce it has killed the Wicked Witch — and wind up running over Toto instead.
"They are the only organization that, given a golden opportunity to rid itself of a clubhouse cancer, ends up blowing its own head off with a shotgun."
The rest is an enjoyable torch job of epic proportions. Don't miss it. [Newsday]
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3. I never dip into Bill Simmons' "Peyton Manning face" bag of tricks, mostly because I think the bit is a tad exaggerated when it comes to some of the targets. However, there's no arguing that the "Adam Rubin face" — caught by SNY cameras just as Minaya launched into his takedown — belongs in Simmons' "Face" Hall of Fame. Hey Adam, wanna getaway? [Deadspin]
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4. Last Tuesday, I wrote a post arguing that Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi doesn't have as much leverage as he thinks he does. Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley takes that thought one step further, using known postulates to eliminate every major league team except the Phillies from the Roy Halladay(notes) derby. [Baseball Daily Digest]
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5. Jonah Keri introduces a thought that honestly never crossed my mind: What if visiting Yankees fans spend so much money at the Trop this week that the Rays can afford to trade for a player like Cleveland's Cliff Lee(notes)? If that's the case, shouldn't transplanted New Yorkers stay at home in Florida instead of funding the enemy's effort? [RotoSynthesis]
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6. Taiwanese baseball is apparently awesome and if you need any further proof, watch this video from its all-star game. That's ex-Giant Jose Castillo(notes) facing ex-Dodger Chin-Hui Tsao(notes), but not before each plays to the crowd. If only our Midsummer Classics were this fun. [Diamond Leung]