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Backman disappointed he didn't get Mets job

Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:23 pm
 
When you're a newspaper writer, nothing ever seems to upset people quite like a headline. Throughout my career, I've been yelled about a headline countless times, only to answer time and time again, that very rarely does the person who writes the story write the headline.

But even with my newspaper background, I sometimes fall for that old trick. And a case in point is this headline from the New York Daily News ; "Wally Backman: Mets should've chosen me over Terry Collins for manager."

Oh, even before I clicked it, I knew I was going to write about how Backman had learned nothing from his exile and he was alienating himself from the new Mets regime and possibly hurting his job status, managing for the Mets' Class A affiliate in Brooklyn.

Then I read John Harper's story .

Instead of an immature Backman flying off the hook, you hear a man who thought he interviewed well and didn't get the job.

From the story:
"I really thought I won them over," Backman said by phone Friday from his home in Oregon. "I came out of each interview thinking it had gone better than the one with the Diamondbacks when I got the job there (in 2004).

"I knew what was being said (in the media), that the other guys were the favorites, but I kept looking at it, thinking I could make them see that I was the best guy for the job. I guess I didn't convince them."
Backman says he still hopes to manage the Mets one day and he isn't quoted as saying anything against Collins or the Mets. In the end, it's just a guy who hoped he would get a job he felt qualified for, and there's nothing wrong with that.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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