Quotes from the news wire:
Van Wagenen apologized for his remarks in the video in a subsequent statement, noting that it was Wilpon, not Manfred, who had suggested the game start at 8:10 p.m. ET. Jeff Wilpon called Commissioner Manfred this afternoon to notify him that our players voted not to play, they discussed the challenges of rescheduling the game. Jeff proposed an idea of playing the game an hour later. I misunderstood that this was the Commissioners idea.In actuality, this was Jeffs suggestion.
Its always helpful to have familiarity, the fact that he was so actively involved with the coaches this fall in preparation for spring training, in preparation for the season -- he was already asserting himself more in a leadership role with this new coaching staff and helping Carlos learn some of the managerial things that he hadnt been exposed to before.
When it came to this unfortunate circumstance, we didnt want to change the values that we outlined for ourselves in the initial process, we wanted to continue the momentum that we have with the work thats been done in preparation for spring training, and we felt like Luis was in a position to be a leader of that group.