After a 2-1 win on April 13, 2000, then-Mets manager Bobby Valentine answered the routine postgame questions at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
As the rest of the writers filed out of Valentine’s road office, a beat reporter for the Bergen Record named T.J. Quinn hung around to ask Valentine about alleged incendiary comments he made during a speech at Penn’s Wharton School of Business a day earlier.
During the talk, Valentine supposedly questioned some Mets players and general manager Steve Phillips’ decision-making, according to an internet message board.
A poster by the handle of “Brad34” shared what he thought he heard with other fans on Mets.com. It was not intended for the world to know, but Quinn had received a tip from someone within the Mets.
The way Valentine remembers it, as part of Quinn’s questioning, the reporter asked the manager, “Do you know Brad34?”
“No, who the f–k is Brad34?” Valentine said.
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