January 27, 2021: Please, Please, Please Do Not Sign Trevor Bauer
Or 'What Doug Williams Said'
Before tonight, Doug Williams was Brian Williams’ son. He was Alison Williams’ brother. He was a man with a carefully manicured five o’clock shadow. He was the anchor of SNY’s
Baseball Night in New York
, which used to be
Daily News Live,
Daily News Live
still on? I don’t know.
I do know Doug was a nice enough guy, someone who exhibited vast reservoirs of patience by never punching Andy Martino in the jeans.
That Doug Williams is dead.
He had to leave this Earth in order for Doug Williams: Trevor Bauer truthteller, to live.
Was the beard holding Doug back? Did he decide to read a non-SNY personality’s Twitter this morning for once, deciding that is something clean-shaven Doug Williams would do? Did he read
Ruth Kapelus’ excellent piece
explaining why Trevor Bauer should not be signed by the Blue Jays? I can imagine all of those things, so probably.
Doug Williams saying the above is remarkable for two reasons, both of which are depressing and/or pathetic: 1) if the Mets were still owned by the Wilpons, there is no way Doug Williams, an employee of the Wilpon-owned SNY, would bring up a prime Mets free agent target in a remotely negative light.
2) Doug is a man. A white man at that.
I would say 95 percent of the people who have called out Bauer’s recurring cyberbullying of women, transphobia, portraying himself as the victim #actually, and seemingly hiring a female agent as an alternative to apologizing a single time to his victims, are non-men.
And seeing how BBWAA writers (mostly white men) jumped through thousands of rings of fire to justify voting for a literal Nazi into a museum today…I can’t believe someone on television actually called Bauer out.
I tweeted to Steven Cohen over the weekend. Maybe you saw it. Maybe you didn’t. If you have, pretend you haven’t, so the following is shiny and new to you:
I turned the comments off, but three people quote tweeted things that were “I DON’T CARE THAT JOSE REYES BEATS WOMEN”-adjacent. You will never guess the gender of those three people:
There would have been a lot more negative quote tweets if I were a woman or non-cis. Those who are much less likely to receive harassment are the ones who tend to be silent about this.
Doug Williams will get shit for this, but not a lot, because he is a white dude. Which sucks, but at least Williams shouldn’t be browbeaten into not speaking his mind in the future.
And not that it matters, but the theme of tonight’s/this morning’s newsletter was going to be a plea to Steven Cohen and the Mets to not sign Trevor Bauer. Doug Williams I guess beat me to it, and he will definitely get a lot more attention than I will for saying it. And that is okay with me.
Sandy Alderson announced Zauzmer’s hiring last week. This was only noticed because he is
yet another white man
in the Mets front office, which after the Jared Porter fiasco was more glaringly a problem than ever before.
Zauzmer wrote a book in 2019 titled
Oscarmetrics: The Math Behind the Biggest Night in Hollywood
. I know someone who can’t wait for the film adaptation.
If Minaya is happy about this new role, I’m happy. I think he would prefer a more transparent role of someone making personnel decisions. I would imagine he had offers from other teams to work under a job title whose duties one could easily discern from said job title. Do ambassadors get diplomatic immunity?
Cute. Mets got their new catcher months ago. Mets finished their college essay last summer.
I never saw deBaby deGrom before. The Mariners? Really goes to show you how much adversity Jacob deGrom has been through.
It appears Jake deleted his Twitter. His most scandalous tweet was the time he enjoyed a night at Outback Steakhouse with his family. deGrom is great at everything.
SOME PERSONAL NEWS
My ear hurts. It’s annoying.
IS THIS THE ANNIVERSARY OF SOMETHING IMPORTANT?
YES! 133 YEARS AGO The Brooklyn Bridegrooms keep five players of the recently purchased New York Metropolitans franchise and sell the rest of the squad and four Brooklyn players to the Kansas City Cowboys for $7,000.
The Bridgerooms later became the Brooklyn Dodgers, so I would imagine Fred Wilpon had this fact in mind when he presented the blueprints to Citi Field (diorama).
IS IT SOMEONE SPECIAL’S BIRTHDAY TODAY?
Ángel Berroa is now 44 years young. The 2003 AL Rookie of the Year lasted 31 summer days and nights in the orange and blue before he was designated for assignment. I guess playing for the Mets was his dream because he never played in MLB again. There’s a 27 percent chance he appeared in
Amazin’ Finishes: 2009.
BUT YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE NEVER DO