On a weekend in which the Yankees battled the Orioles for AL East supremacy and the Jets flexed some muscle against the underwhelming Bills, the New York media quickly became the target of some hostility.
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi got into a heated exchange with a New York Post columnist following his team’s loss to the Orioles on Saturday night, while Bart Scott voiced his frustration following the Jets’ 48-28 victory over the Bills.
Girardi’s incident occurred after the Yanks dropped a 5-4 decision to the O’s. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reportedly asked Girardi about the health status of CC Sabathia, a question that the New York manager already answered and was none too pleased to answer again.
“Yes, that’s the third time. He’s healthy,” Girardi said before things eventually came to a head.
Girardi and Sherman engaged in a shouting match before being separated by team personnel, according to MLB.com. ESPN.com reports that Girardi and the columnist were “nose-to-nose” arguing in the manager’s office, and that the Yankees’ PR director had the team’s beat reporters huddled in a small office for 20 minutes for an impromptu teleconference with the team president that was subsequently canceled.
The exchange was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to clashes with the media in New York this weekend. A day later, after the Jets took care of business against the Bills, Scott unleashed his fury, declaring a “media mutiny.”
“You guys treat us like we’re a [bleeping] joke,” Scott said, according to Jim Corbett of USA TODAY. “You all want us to feed your papers, but then you all talk [expletive] about us. So why would I want to give you all quotes to sell papers with if you all treat us like [expletive]? That doesn’t make sense. You all talk stuff about us, and then when we win you flip the story. You all win either way.”
The Jets, of course, had an interesting offseason when it comes to the media, as Tim Tebow‘s arrival only heightened the national attention the team receives. In fact, the New York Post depicted members of the Jets as clowns on the cover of a recent NFL preview issue.
It’s no secret that playing in the Big Apple is tough nowadays, but it was an interesting weekend to say the least.
Bart Scott photo (right) via Wikipedia/Bart Scott
Peyton Manning in orange still looks weird.
I’ve won a high school state championship and a bowl game in college, but to play in the NFL, the pinnacle of it all, and win your first game against a Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, it’s at the top.
–Robert Griffin III, after an impressive performance in his first career NFL game
Oh, c’mon. That’s not nice.
— Chris Tranghese (@ChrisTranghese) September 10, 2012