Omar Minaya Flies Coach, Gets Heckled

Well, it’s come to this… Omar Minaya was spotted on a JetBlue flight to Chicago. And, of course, he was heckled (via DeadSpin):

So I’m settling into my seat on a VERY inexpensive Jetblue flight to Chicago to see the Mets in Wrigley when I notice the flight attendant having a hard time closing the overhead compartment because of someone’s bag. After she sheepishly looks around for the culprit—he identifies himself. Since everyone was already seated and ready to fly, the apparently inconsiderate passenger was on stage for all to see. It was none other than Omar Minaya himself. What I didn’t say before is that this flight is CRAWLING with Mets fans making the pligramage to Wrigely. At once the plane is abuzz. One young man in 18A shouts out “I woulda traded frenchy three months ago” another says “Better live it up, this is probably your last flight to chicago as GM”. Delighted by the impromptu celebrity roast I chimed in with “I bet they flew Mike Jacobs in business class, at least”. We all laughed in unison—he sat down and put his headphones on, a defeated man.

I can’t wait until news leaks that the Mets are staying in a La Quinta at the airport.

  1. Kerel Cooper September 5, 2010 at 11:21 am
    Maybe I’m missing something but I find it a bit embarrassing that a team that is valued at somewhere around $900 million has their General Manager flying Jet Blue-Coach.
  2. Mike September 5, 2010 at 11:42 am
    I think he was trying to be incognito? As they say: the closer you are to harm, the further you are from danger. Nothing gets by the media like a GM flying coach… except people with camera phones.
  3. micalpalyn September 6, 2010 at 10:18 am
    playing into the rumors the Mets have cash flow issues…………..
  4. John September 7, 2010 at 10:04 am
    Not remotely true at all. I was on the same flight as Omar. Jet Blue Flight 907. Before boarding, he was very approachable, and he took time out to talk with anyone who approached him. Omar boarded the flight with the last group of people, sat right down, and listened to his headphones quietly.

    No one said anything to him. In fact, fans approached me to see what he was like and to ask me questions.

  5. John September 7, 2010 at 11:16 am
    Another issue with the Jet Blue flight is that the Mets official airline is Continental and the Mets have been running get away trips last weekend to see the Mets at Wrigley. Mets fans were flying mostly out of Continental, and I’m only assuming that Omar may have selected Jet Blue, instead of Continental, because he wanted to avoid having to deal with this nonsense.