The Wall Street Journal‘s Brian Costa reports from Spring Training on “The King of the Accidental Phone Call”:
A few years ago, while doubling as the Mets’ assistant traveling secretary, Horwitz would often try to email players’ flight itineraries to an administrative assistant in the general manager’s office. The assistant was a woman named Dianne, but when Horwitz typed in the D, he would inadvertently email third baseman David Wright instead.
Wright was too polite to tell Horwitz, so he became a sort of liaison between Horwitz and the woman. “I would just forward the emails to her and say, ‘Hey, here’s another one from Jay,'” Wright said. “The whole thing’s been going on for years. People are just now starting to learn about how, uh, different he is.”
For someone who must remain in constant contact with Mets players and executives, the butt dialing has complicated things a bit. Many players now refuse to answer Horwitz’s calls unless he sends a text message saying it is really him.
While I love a good LOLMETS story, the best are as charming as this one.