Now we can add the news about Mickey Callaway to the rest of the drama, craziness and occasional creepiness of this offseason. Like Jared Porter before him, Calloway was too much of a he-man to accept no for an answer from the women who caught his eye. He knew that an unsolicited shirtless pic of himself would surely seal the deal with the most reluctant of female reporters stubbornly insisting on maintaining a professional relationship. I mean, access has to be worth something, am I right?
In the space of barely over two weeks, I have little doubt that the Porter/Callaway revelations will result in permanent changes to the Mets hiring practices. I'd be surprised if there was a single club in all of MLB that will fail to completely vet any major new hire for bad behavior. I think it's also a safe bet that the Mets organization will have a heart-to-heart with all of their existing employees about how to handle being in the same room with women without indulging in termination-worthy sleaziness.
If I was Sandy Alderson, tougher vetting rules and letting male employees in on the news that the Mets organization is no longer a boy's club would only be the starting point of adjusting to the new reality. I'd make sure that there was someone in position to serve as an advocate for woman who cover the team for print or broadcast media. No woman should feel like she has to tolerate adolescent behavior in order to do her job. The same would go for any woman working for or in conjunction with the ball club, period. Just like the Harvey Weinstein revelations have changed the rules for what is tolerated from men in the entertainment industry, a Jared Porter or Mickey Callaway type should never again feel free to harass a woman who's just doing her job.
As to whether the Callaway revelations, coming on top of the Porter embarrassment, will affect the Mets pursuit of Trevor Bauer, my guess would be no. In fairness, Bauer's transgressions were about bullying women virtually, not sending them pictures of his private parts. By all accounts, the Mets already have an offer out to the free agent pitcher, and I can't see them pulling it back now.
These past three months have been full of events that have run the gamut of emotions for Mets fans. I've been, in turn, elated, frustrated, euphoric, annoyed and confused — sometimes in the same week. It definitely hasn't been boring. Apparently boring moved out when the Wilpons packed up and left. My hope is that the events on the field will be even more compelling than the offseason drama, and there will no longer a need to discuss the bad behavior of self-entitled men.
Please stay safe, be well and take care.
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