Tag Archives: New York Mets

Mets should look in mirror, not blame social media

Wilmer Flores

Social media is not to blame for the latest Mets’ debacle. Instead, Mets’ management just needs to look at itself in the mirror.

For those unfamiliar with the story, a report broke during Wednesday night’s game indicating the Mets had traded Wilmer Flores  and Zack Wheeler and to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gomez.

While news of the blockbuster trade spread quickly on social media, Flores remained in the game and became so emotional he actually cried on the field – not all that surprising since the Mets have been family to Flores ever since they signed him as an international free agent out of Venezuela when he was just 16 years old.

Although the Internet was buzzing about the trade during the game, Continue reading

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A PR Lesson Courtesy of Wally Backman

Rich Lee and Jay Horwitz

Rich Lee and Jay Horwitz

I am a big baseball fan – a New York Mets fan to be exact, and that has not been easy the past few years. On the other hand, thanks to their colorful and controversial off-the-field activities, the Mets often provide valuable lessons in public relations, which I’m teaching at St. Bonaventure University over the next five weeks.

Over the years, the team has presented plenty of challenges for Jay Horwitz, the Mets’ vice president for public relations. He’s had to deal with players who were involved with illegal drugs, barroom brawls, sex scandals and countless additional unsavory activities. Continue reading

Playing Ball with Chris Christie

Although he continues to garner positive national publicity that fuels speculation about his future, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie already has squelched rumors that he may run for president in 2012.

“I was elected to be Governor of New Jersey for the next four years,” he told reporters on April 28. “I will be Governor of New Jersey for the next four years. And I have absolutely no interest in running for president of the United States. None. Zero interest. Zero. None. Close the door. No chance. No way. Under no circumstances.”

With just four months of experience running a state, it clearly is too early to be making plans to move on to the next level. Even Sarah Palin put in more time than that before she left the Alaska State House to focus on 2012.

But there is one job opportunity that New Jersey’s new Governor might not be able to pass up should it come his way. Continue reading

Garth Brooks, Chris Christie and the News Media

Back in 2000 when country music superstar Garth Brooks took part in New York Mets spring training to raise money for his children’s foundation, he quickly learned that major league pitching was not the only thing to which he had to adjust. Although Brooks was used to dealing with the press as an entertainer, he discovered that professional athletes have a much different relationship with the media.

“There are no reporters in Brooks’s dressing room when he goes from town to town on a concert tour,” Tyler Kepner wrote in a New York Times article about the musician’s excursion into the world of baseball. “Fans do not know where he stays on the road. He gives interviews when he has a specific reason to do so. ‘If I don’t want to be got to, no one can touch me,’ Brooks said.”

Brooks’s story comes to mind this month because of a series of news reports, columns and blog postings about another individual who now finds himself dealing with the press under a different set of rules – Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie. Continue reading