Phillies Announcer Gary Matthews Tells Reporter: Mets Lose Because They Are ‘Crybabies’
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mike Pelfrey was miffed at Placido Polanco.
The Phillies’ infielder then had some words for Pelfrey.
As for Philadelphia announcer Gary Matthews Sr.? Well, he delivered a piece of sharp criticism toward the Mets organization.
In the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 7-4 Mets win on Wednesday, Pelfrey threw a pitch in tight to Polanco and appeared visibly upset– he thought Polanco was leaning into it. Polanco snapped back at the Mets starter and catcher Josh Thole, while his Phillies teammates worked their way to the top of the dugout.
The whole hubbub prompted Matthews to call the Mets “crybabies” on air.
“I know Sarge has played a long time. I’m sure that as time passes he forgot how frustrating it can be when you’re going through a tough time,” Mets manager Terry Collins told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts after the game. “So I just take it with a grain of salt right now.”
Collins wasn’t as radio friendly when asked about Matthews’ comments by the New York Daily News.
“I don’t give a —-,” he said.
According to the paper, Matthews took it to another level in the hallways of Citizens Bank Park afterward.
“Tell them Sarge said it—the Mets are crybabies,” he allegedly told a Daily News reporter. “That’s why they lose.”
Matthews, apparently not satisfied, re-engaged the journalist and made the universal sign for weeping — closed fists rotating underneath his eyes.
“Make sure you have tears, like this,” said Matthews.
Matthews’ son, Gary Matthews Jr., batted .190 for the Mets over 36 games in 2010. He was released from the team in June of last season.
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