Shoppach denies involvement in text-gate

Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied a New York Daily News report that stated he sent a text message to team ownership from Adrian Gonzalez’s phone, complaining, among other things, that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine allowed Jon Lester to stay in the game long enough to allow 11 earned runs on July 22.

“I wasn’t behind any texts, I actually didn’t even attend the meeting,” Shoppach told reporters following the Mets-Nationals game in Washington D.C. “It was on an off day in New York, and I stayed back in Texas with my family. I’ve already gotten a few text messages from some of my former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it. Everybody that’s involved with that whole situation knows that I had nothing to do with it. So like I said, I’m a Met now and I’m really excited to be here. We’re on a fun group of guys, and I wish the Red Sox nothing but well. I had a great time while I was there, but I’m a Met now and I’m excited about the opportunity here.”

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