New York Mets GM Collapses in Front of Reporters

A brief scare during today's Terry Collins contract extension press conference.

NYDNSports_11_03At Citi Field today, a new definition of “gamer.”

Per a report by Star-Ledger Mets beat writer Mike Vorkunov, a combination of no breakfast, lack of water and warm TV camera lights conspired to produce a fainting spell for New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. Alderson was meeting with reporters as part of a press conference formally announcing manager Terry Collins’ contract extension:

Alderson fainted after about a dozen minutes standing up talking to reporters, following about 40 minutes of speaking before that. Alderson came to after about half a minute and promptly got up and sat down in a chair.

“Alright, sorry about that guys,” he said when he sat up. “OK, where were we?”

The media in the room urged him to skip any further questions. Alderson, at 67, is the oldest team GM in Major League Baseball. He was quickly examined by a team trainer and given the all clear.

Earlier this year, ESPN had a nice profile of Alderson in concert with the release of Steve Kettman‘s book about the veteran GM. Reporter Howard Bryant dubbed Alderson the “Kevin Bacon of baseball executives” and included this reminder that the GM is no stranger to the media beat:

When Alderson worked in the commissioner’s office, his footprint was everywhere. He crushed the umpire rebellion in 1999, and he, not Bud Selig, appeared on 60 Minutes as the steroid scandal raged. Alderson’s star so ascended that he, not current commissioner Rob Manfred, was once considered Selig’s likely successor.

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