Zack Wheeler Sparked "Ethnic Tensions" By Drilling Dominican Teammate After Home Run Trot
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler’s actions on the mound last week led to an ugly clubhouse incident with “ethnic tensions,” according to the New York Daily News. Wheeler hit a minor league teammate with a pitch during an intrasquad game Saturday, the Daily News reported. Earlier, Dominican infielder Aderlin Rodriguez slugged a home run and Cadillac-ed around the bases, apparently angering Wheeler. Rodriguez apologized for his showy trot, according to the paper. Wheeler still plunked his teammate, Rodriguez was incensed, and the home plate ump had to put himself between the two players, the Daily News reported. Emotions spilled over into the clubhouse after the game, reportedly dividing the locker room. “Some of the American guys and some of the Latin guys were circling and yelling at each other,” a source told the Daily News. Wheeler was the recipient of rave reviews at Mets camp before being sent down to play with his future minor league teammates. The 22-year-old right-hander is slated to start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, though he’ll likely make his big-league debut this season.
Oh fuck yea! This is what I’m talking about. This is the kinda shit I wanna see from Zack Wheeler. I don’t care what team you play for. Don’t care if you’re my teammate. You and your Domincano pals wanna show boat on me, you’re getting one in the ribs. I mean its completely ridiculous to do in Spring Training but I hope its a sign of the sort of competitor he is on the mound. Its March and he’s sparking race wars rallying the Americans against the Dominicans. I can’t imagine what he’d do in October.
Just kidding. I can’t imagine what he’ll do in Meaningful September Games. For real though – Harvey and Wheeler are gonna be a legit 1-2 punch. We’re cunceled for the time being. But there’s tons of young pitching in the system right now. Harvey Wheeler Niese Syndergaard. If they can ever get healthy and back on track, Mejia and Familia in the mix. As a Mets fan I’ve learned my lesson about getting too excited for prospects. Generation K still haunts my dreams. But the way to get back to the playoffs is through big time pitching and so far they’ve made the right moves to make that possible. Hopefully have stockpiled enough talented arms that at least a few pan out.