Perhaps the only person happy to read another paragraph about the Mets’ being disallowed from wearing FDNY caps on Sunday night is David Wright — what better way to distract from his recent difficulty making routine plays at 3rd base? For the rest of us however, this unseemly episode only became more farcical today with Bud Selig’s insistence his office never threatened Mets players, and strong implications club ownership exaggerated claims of the league taking punitive action. However, in light of Joe Torre’s torturous chat with Mike Francesa on WFAN yesterday, Amazin Avenue’s Matthew Callen isn’t quite ready to let Major League Baseball off the hook, calling Cap Gate, “the product of a uniquely corporate brand of myopia, group-think, and good ol’ fashioned idiocy.”
Think about the jobs you’ve had in your life. No matter what line of work you’re in, I imagine you’ve experienced the New Exec who comes in with Big Ideas. Suddenly, there is an emphasis on some aspect of the work that no one has thought about before. Sometimes, it is truly revolutionary thinking that changes your industry. More often, though, it’s petty stuff like this. A memo goes out about wasting paper and suddenly there’s a “monitor” looking over your shoulder every time you use the copy machine.
You can defy the orders and risk losing your job, or you can roll with the punches and treat this issue with the same amount of importance as your overlords. Most folks choose the latter, especially in this economy. Various MLB underlings chose to follow this directive. So did the Mets’ front office, no doubt aware that they are treading on thin ice, and that their financial situation could cause them to be Frank McCourt-ed at any moment.
To me and you, it’s not a big deal. But to someone in the MLB offices (who in my head bears a vague resemblance to Bill Lumbergh), cracking down on wanton uniform alteration is their baby. Perhaps they were deeply offended by the wild days of the mid-to-late 90s, when it seemed teams came up with alternate jerseys and caps with reckless abandon, and has made it their life’s mission to eradicate this evil.