Mets boycott New York Post over Bartolo Colon fat jokes
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:
If the umps searched Bartolo Colon's neck they would probably find peanut butter.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) April 24, 2014
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.
Forearm bash to Eye on Baseball
Photo credit: Twitter/Jimmy Traina