Last week, Earl wrote about the big outrage involving the Mets’ pitching coach Dan Warthen who made an admittedly stupid joke about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s interpreter. If you didn’t catch Earl’s piece, both the interpreter and Matsuzaka are Japanese by the way, and the joke involved the word “Chinaman”. The next day Warthen was caught in the act of apologizing about the stupid joke by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal named Stu Woo. Woo is of course Chinese and took a massive amount of offense to hearing the word “Chinaman” even though it was being said in relation to an apology.
Think I’ll venture over to the Mets clubhouse and see if any outdated racial slurs are being used.
Because Woo writes for a newspaper and it’s the job of a newspaper reporter to use their powers of fake outrage to make a story out of a nothing he decided to tweet about the fact that Warthen used the word “Chinaman” and it become a temporary PR disaster for the Mets. And by temporary I mean the whole thing lasted less than 24 hours. The problem is that once again a member of the media took a private matter between team members and made it into an unnecessary news story. The same thing happened last year when ultimate troll Andy Martino exposed Noah Syndergaard for calling someone a “fag” for wearing crocs. Let guys be guys and let curmudgeon-y old pitching coaches who think they’re comedians act like they’re funny. More importantly keep beat writers, especially ones who don’t even cover the team out of the clubhouse. When you have forty plus guys in a room there’s bound to be some sort of derogatory statements thrown around and sometimes that will include a racial slur or two. I mean the 1986 Mets did nothing but call each other the N-word and they won the world series! Ok that’s probably not entirely true but maybe partially true.
Keith Hernandez is a bitch!
The mere fact that Warthen used the term “Chinaman” which hasn’t been used on a regular basis since sometime in the 1960’s is reason enough to dismiss this story as pointless and irrelevant. All I see here is an unknown reporter who took something stupid and made a story out of it just to help himself get a few more twitter follower all while portraying himself as the victim of Dan Warthen’s racially confusing joke. And as a side note Mr. Woo has not even tweeted since Warthen released his apology. I would assume he’s hanging out at a bar in Port St. Lucie hoping to hear another member of the Mets say something a little more offensive about Chinese people so he can do a full blown expose on racism in the Mets clubhouse. Stop being so soft people!