Terry Collins apologizes to Mets PR guy Jay Horwitz for condescendingly referring to him as a “puppy dog”

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The Mets had a tough day on Wednesday. Despite beating the Royals 4-3, the club was dealing with the potential losses of Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard. That’s on top of all of the other recent injuries Mets players have suffered. It’s understandable that manager Terry Collins might not have been eager to hang around the media.

Still, that doesn’t justify the way he treated Mets Vice President of Media Relations Jay Horwitz. Collins got up, thinking the press conference was over, but Horwitz reminded Collins to fill the media in on Syndergaard’s status. As SNY’s Matthew Cerrone tells it, a “visibly annoyed” Collins retorted, “The puppy dog wants you guys to know that Noah Syndergaard’s seeing the doctor. His elbow flared up on him. That’s why I took him out of the game.”

Collins called Horwitz on Thursday morning to apologize, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. Collins said, “He was just doing his job and I wasn’t doing mine.” Collins also apologized at the start of Thursday’s press conference, per Carig.