Jason Isringhausen: Don’t Say I’m Pleading To Stay With Mets

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen likes playing in New York, there’s no doubt about that. Just don’t make it sound like he’s begging general manager Sandy Alderson to stay.

“To be able to get close, or maybe even make the playoffs, coming from a team that wasn’t supposed to do anything, that’s fun,” Isringhausen told the New York Daily News on Sunday. “If there is a chance that we can do that, I want to be a part of it.”

According to the New York Post, Isringhausen was later “irate” over a headline on the Daily News’ website that read: “Isringhausen to Alderson: Please don’t trade me.”

“I never (bleeping) said one thing about, ‘Please don’t trade me,'” said the fiery Isringhausen, according to The Post. “Yeah, I talked to Sandy, but I never once said, ‘Please don’t trade me.’

He added: “I said I’d like to stay here. I’d never plead with anyone about staying anywhere.”

It all started with a report last week which stated the Mets are shopping Isringhausen, closer Francisco Rodriguez and lefty reliever Tim Byrdak. The former member of Generation K then told the Daily News this weekend that New York, along with St. Louis, is one of the “two places in my heart.”

“Those are my two favorite spots, and I don’t think I’m going back to St. Louis anytime soon,” he told the paper. “And I love it here.”

As for Alderson, the GM said he’d take Isringhausen’s “expression of preference … into account, and weigh it accordingly.”

Did Isringhausen overreact? Let us know in the comments below…

  • Jonas A-K

    Did he overreact? No. Sadly, far more people read and believe anything that tabloids write, and those reporters just LOVE to blow things out of proportion to try to create a juicier story. So in a case that really called Izzy’s dignity into question, I think he reacted the way anyone would – or should.

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