Leigh Castergine says Mets fired her for being single and pregnant

Jeff-Wilpon-MetsNew York Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon is facing a discrimination lawsuit from a former employee. Leigh Castergine, who served as the Mets’ senior vice president for several years, claims she was fired from her position of overseeing ticket sales last month because Wilpon was “morally opposed” to her being single and pregnant.

According to the New York Post, Castergine claims in the suit that Wilpon went out of his way to embarrass her about her pregnancy in front of other team employees.

(Castergine says) in the suit that Wilpon “frequently humiliated [her] in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger.”

The suit claims Wilpon even stated “in a meeting of the team’s all-male senior executives that he is ‘morally opposed’ to Castergine ‘having this baby without being married.’”

“Wilpon told her that when she gets a ring she will make more money and get a bigger bonus,” the filing claims.

“I am as morally opposed to putting an e-cigarette sign in my ballpark as I am to Leigh having this baby without being married,” Wilpon said in a meeting over a proposed ad deal, according to the suit.

Castergine also alleges that Wilpon warned other Mets employees to ignore her pregnancy and “not rub her belly” because “she’s not sick, she’s pregnant.” After she gave birth in March and returned to work in June, Castergine says she received her first ever negative evaluation from the team when Wilpon told her she wasn’t as “aggressive” as she used to be.

Wilpon allegedly then told Castergine that she wasn’t meeting ticket sales expectations, despite the fact that the Mets were out of contention. She says Wilpon told her he would allow her to keep her job through the end of the year if she kept quiet with her discrimination claims, but Castergine had her lawyer draw up a letter anyway. She claims she was fired just three minutes after Wilpon received an email from her attorney.

While there are two sides to every story, this one doesn’t sound good for Wilpon and company.

Mets accidentally give out souvenir with Phillies logo on it


The New York Mets did something over the weekend that is so New York Mets we would be remiss if we failed to mention it. The first 15,000 fans who arrived at Citi Field to watch the Mets get their asses handed to them by the San Francisco Giants were given a toy truck from W.B. Mason. At least one of them had a team logo on it that was not a Mets logo.

As Justin Klugh of Philly.com pointed out, a fan tweeted a photo of his souvenir truck during the game. It had a Philadelphia Phillies logo on it.

That could have happened to any team, right? When you give away 15,000 free items, one of them is bound to have a division rival’s team logo on it. It happens all the time, just like a team accidentally emailing its general manager’s credit card info to the media. All standard stuff.

H/T Extra Mustard

Mets set record for most cheesesteaks eaten in Philly


The New York Mets are officially the best team in baseball at something — eating. Earlier this year, New York’s other team dominated the rest of the league in eating greasy, calorie-packed sandwiches.

When teams travel to Philadelphia to face the Phillies, they are given the luxury of having unlimited access to made-to-order Philly cheesesteaks. As a result, a competition has emerged that tracks how many cheesesteaks individuals and teams can down in a single day or series. Results are kept on a scoreboard in the visiting locker room. The Mets are now at the top of it.

According to Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger, the Mets ate a total of 103 cheesesteaks as a team on April 30. They did so over a 10-hour span on a day in which their game against the Phillies was rained out. The plan was for each member of the organization to eat two cheesesteaks, but some people ended up picking up the slack for those who ate like pigeons.

The Mets didn’t have to eat as much as they did, but they weren’t going to be outdone. The previous team record was somewhere in the 80s.

This is a sick, sick game teams have created, and the Mets are masters of it. Last season, Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langil banged down 17 cheesesteaks in a single three-game series, breaking the previous mark of 14 that was set by fellow bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello.

“We were going for it together,” Racaniello said. “Then I did that and, alright, I’ll hold the single day record, you can have the three day record.”

Someone’s going to die out there. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

H/T Deadspin

Mets accidentally emailed GM’s credit card info to media

Mets suck

The Mets, being who they are, can’t even send an email these days without screwing up.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, a Mets employee accidentally sent out an email to the media that contained the credit card information including the security code and expiration date of the team’s GM, Sandy Alderson.

They later explained that the email was intended for a “Broadway connection capable of securing tickets for a weekend show.”

Maybe Alderson was planning to meet Omar Minaya and Minaya’s Prada shoes at the show.

See, and this is exactly why you make a phone call when giving out credit card information for payment purposes. Come on, Mets!

Mets boycott New York Post over Bartolo Colon fat jokes

Bartolo Colon lardball

The New York Mets boycotted New York Post writer Mike Puma on Friday after he and his newspaper wrote some unflattering things about overweight pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Puma tweeted the following line about Colon on Thursday and then used it as the lede for his article later in the day following the Mets’ win over the Cardinals:

And here was the lede to his article:

If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.

Puma also used the adjective “rotund” to describe Colon in the second paragraph of his story.

As if that weren’t enough, the headline The Post used for the story was “Lardball,” as seen in the image at the top of this post.

The team must have been upset over the paper/writer’s mocking of Colon, because the New York Daily News reports that the team refused to talk to the media after Friday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

The Post can be downright nasty towards the subjects it covers, so kudos to the Mets players for taking a stand against the negativity. Not only are Bartolo Colon fat jokes mean, they’re just so easy to make and require no creativity. Plus, the real folks have transitioned from Colon fat jokes to Colon batting jokes.

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Photo credit: Twitter/Jimmy Traina

Daniel Murphy out of Mets lineup due to birth of child; others battling flu


New York Mets fans are hoping their team can turn things around this season, but we all know cautious optimism is the best approach when it comes to New York’s other team. Unfortunately, the Mets had to take the field on Opening Day without several players.

For starters, second baseman Daniel Murphy was not in the lineup against the Washington Nationals because his wife went into labor with the couple’s first child. The Mets also have a handful of players who are battling the flu.

And to make matters even more interesting, the team briefly took the field for the start of the game without a first baseman.

I think this is the year a new champion is crowned in The Big Apple. Can you feel it?

Carlos Beltran was hurt by Mets’ smear campaign over Walter Reed issue

Carlos Beltran MetsCarlos Beltran was introduced on Friday as one of the newest members of the New York Yankees and, during his press conference, he addressed one of his disappointing moments as a member of the city’s other baseball team.

Beltran spent six and a half largely unappreciated seasons with the Mets. His time was marred by a sub-par first season, knee injury, conflict with the Mets over knee surgery in 2010, and an infamous called third strike in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Some Mets fans have come around and realized how good he was for the team, but the uneasiness over his time there lingers.

One of the big controversies surrounding Beltran’s time with the Mets was when the team launched a smear campaign against him in Sept. 2010. The Mets singled out Beltran to the media for missing a community service/outreach trip to Walter Reed Medical Center, even though Beltran had permission from the team to miss the event. Beltran missed the event because he was in Puerto Rico for a meeting to set up his academy in Puerto Rico, which recently helped him win the Roberto Clemente Award.

“The controversy about Walter Reed and the knee, the organization trying to prove as a player that I was a bad apple,” Beltran said, via the New York Daily News. “I was this, I was that. I can deal with 0-for-4s and three strikeouts and talking to you guys. I can deal with that. When somebody is trying to hurt you in a personal way, trying to put things out there that are not me, we have trouble. Now it’s personal, you know what I’m saying? In that point, when they say all that about myself, of course I was hurt.”

Last year, ESPN New York Mets reporter Adam Rubin said the Mets launched a whisper campaign to make Beltran look bad for missing the event, which goes along with Beltan saying the organization was trying to prove he was a bad apple. They traded him to the Giants midway through the next season, and he went on to have success over his next three seasons, leading to him signing with the Yankees.

Beltran has every right to still be upset with the Mets over the issue. That was a low move by them, and it really helps explain why Mets fans were conditioned to dislike him.

H/T Hardball Talk