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Mets mess highlights relationship between writers, teams

New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon

New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon is seen in his private box at the Mets' baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field in New York, Monday, July 27, 2009. (AP Photo / July 27, 2009) (Credit: AP Photo)

Tons of stuff on the Web site today about the Omar/Tony/Adam bizarreness, of course, including my take on the matter here.

Here is the fantastic SNY split screen of the infamous news conference.

There are all sorts of related issues I didn't get to in the column, including whether Adam Rubin can continue to cover the Mets as a beat writer after all this.

The short answer is "yes." One example is in his own department, where long-time Knicks beat writer Frank Isola for years had a toxic relationship with the Knicks yet continued to cover them.

In a 2007 article in The New York Observer about life on the Knicks beat, Isola said this:

“I leave the Garden sometimes and think, ‘Should I look under my car before I turn the ignition?’”

Anyway, that decision is up to the Daily News. Here is Rubin's take from today's paper, including the disclosure that he inquired about work at Mets-owned SNY.

As for the central charge Omar Minaya made against Rubin, that he "lobbied" for a job in player personnel, Jeff Wilpon seemed to support Rubin's version that his inquiries were casual and general, which if true is no big deal, really.

Editors and readers might like to believe beat writers walk around all day with a virtual wall between themselves and the teams they cover, but in the real world spending that much time around people naturally leads to casual personal interactions - both positive and negative.

After 10 years covering the Giants on a daily basis, I knew the people in the Giants front office better than I did the people in Newsday's office.

So if I wanted "career advice," as Wilpon said journalists frequently seek from him, it would have seemed perfectly natural to reach out to, say, John Mara to look for it.

Sorry, purists, that's reality.

Photo: AP

Tags: Mets , SNY

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