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Imagine playing for the New York Mets. OK, now imagine it's 4 a.m. and the director of media relations calls your cell phone.
Have you been traded? Are you getting sent down to the minors? What could be so important at this hour?
Well, if you did play for the Mets and you receive a phone call in the wee hours of the morning, it's most likely the team's longtime director of media relations Jay Horwitz butt dialing you.
No phone number in Horwitz's contact list is safe. From current players to former players. Doesn't matter if you're in the States or out of the country.
It doesn't even matter if you're on the field and playing in the game. Ask current first baseman Ike Davis.
"When I got back to my locker, I checked my phone and the missed call was from 8:10 p.m.," Davis told Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal . "I'm like, why would he call me at that time? I'm at first base. He sees me at first base."
Horwitz, who has been with the Mets since 1980, butt dials Livan Hernandez about once a month -- and Hernandez last pitched for New York in 2009.
Horwitz also has a problem emailing. When doubling as the club's assistant traveling secretary, Horwitz would often email flight information to third baseman David Wright instead of the intended person who was to receive the info.
"I would just forward the emails to her and say, 'Hey, here's another one from Jay,'" Wright told The Wall Street Journal. "The whole thing's been going on for years."
Wait. Is that my phone ringing? Excuse me for a second. I'll be right back.
"Hello. Anyone there?"
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