Minaya shifts the glare -- to himself

Updated: July 27, 2009, 6:18 PM ET
By Buster Olney
The instant during his press conference Monday that Mets general manager Omar Minaya veered unexpectedly from discussing why he was firing a trusted confidante, and instead began uttering words that impugned the integrity of a New York Daily News reporter, his time in power unofficially began to run out.

He will not survive this, and this has nothing to do with whether what he said was accurate or inaccurate. Minaya won't survive because he now has become a public liability, a target of criticism, and if there is a defining characteristic of the Mets' organization, it's a devotion to the whims of public opinion. Within seconds of Minaya's press conference ending, talk radio in New York erupted with criticism of the general manager for how he handled the situation. And that's just the quick response. This will only worsen in the hours and days ahead, as the blogs and columns of reaction are posted and the Mets fall out of contention.

Minaya has mere hours to contain this. He could start with what would have to be a retraction and a full-blown apology. And unless that happens, his performance at the press conference will be replayed and reviewed and recalled until the Mets' ownership finally won't be able to take any more.