|REPORT: Binghamton Mets to Catch Fire, Crush Eastern League|
Written by Justin Zeth (Contact & Archive) on July 22, 2009
Sometimes you just get really lucky, and the Baseball Comedy Gods give you a gem like this.
A New York Mets executive recently challenged one of club's minor league teams to a fight during a postgame clubhouse tirade, the New York Daily News reported, citing multiple sources with ties to the team.
Tony Bernazard, the team's vice president for player development, pulled off his shirt and challenged the Double-A Binghamton Mets in the tirade, about 10 days before the All-Star break. He in particular targeted middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, according to the report.
To be perfectly honest, my first reaction is I really wish someone on the Binghamton Mets had taken him up on his challenge and beaten him like a rented mule for his insolence. Like Lucas Duda, maybe. Bernazard had to have been drunk off his keester to even make that challenge while standing in the same room as Lucas Duda. I've seen him up close. I weigh 225. Lucas Duda, being 6'4" and all, has to outweigh me by at least 25 pounds.
But, you know, Lucas Duda is a prospect, and he has his whole career in front of him, and as gleeful and wonderful as the experience would be (and I'd buy his drinks if he ever walked into my bar), I guess it's probably just not worth giving up one's professional baseball future for it. And even a fellow like 30-year-old Eastern League veteran Jim Ed Warden knows his playing career is winding down and is probably counting on a scouting gig or somesuch if he keeps his record clean. (But really, who in his right mind screws with anyone named 'Jim Ed'? Trust me: It's a bad idea to screw with anyone named 'Jim Ed'. Especially if he's 6'7".)
So the lesson here is clear: Tony Bernazard is completely insane. Which raises the question: Exactly what the hell that's useful is he doing for the Mets, again..? In all candor, this kind of behavior is horribly embarrassing to the entire organization. It shows up the players on the Binghamton Mets (who were doing a fine job showing up themselves, thank you very much), and it especially shows up the manager and coaches there, and it generally just makes the entire Mets brand look bad. Which itself is something the Mets, to listen to their fans, don't need any help with.
I find it hard to believe Tony Bernazard does anything useful enough to justify not terminating his employment on the double.