Freddy Garcia allowed 4 runs and walked 3 in two-thirds of an inning pitched earlier today, as the Mets suffered their first Grapefruit League loss of ’09 to St. Louis, 9-8. Afterwards, WFAN’s Mike Francesca chatted with GM Omar Minaya, prefacing the conversation with an allusion to “two of your guys that hate me”. The “Mike’d Up” host was referring to multiple concussion victim Ryan Church (previously labeled “a liar” by Francesca) and 3B David Wright. From Newsday’s Neil Best (link courtesy Brooklyn Mutt) :
Had flashbacks to my Giants beat days today as Mike Francesa discussed the Mets’ David Wright and Ryan Church boycotting his show (and declining even to meet with him off the air) because of assorted comments about them last season.
Francesa on Church: “I don™t really care if Church comes on the show now or forever. Church is going to be out of New York long before I™m going to worry about whether he comes on my show or not. He™s not a big deal in any way.”
Francesa on Wright: “I think he™s being very immature because he™s had a straight ascendancy and he doesn™t want any criticism . . . He needs to grow up.”
The genesis of Francesca’s feud with Church is an earlier claim by the former that the Mets’ oft-disabled RF wanted to leave New York. When Church denied the report, Francesca cited unidentified sources inside the Mets clubhouse — persons he’s still yet to identify.