No one is getting more attention at this camp than the ever-confident [Lastings] Milledge. The other day he told a New York newspaper, in so many words, that he couldn't wait to kick the Mets' butt. Manager Manny Acta got on him a little for that on Monday.Good for him. We're rooting for Lastings to kill the Mets because he represents everything the Mets aren't. He is young, he is energetic, he is exciting. The Mets have one guy like that in Jose Reyes, but they are doing all they can to make him less exciting, encouraging him not to do elaborate celebratory handshakes, deemphasizing his obvious role as team leader (along with David Wright). The Mets allow Willie Randolph to enforce a horrible double-standard for his players, where youngsters like Reyes are benched for not running out ground balls but veterans are not, and are even encouraged to create a hostile, pro-veteran environment in the clubhouse. Fuck that bullshit, and fuck the Mets for as long as that lasts. We still want the Mets to win, but aren't going to forgive. The Mets count on their fan base being fluid, easily changing their stupid minds when they trade four promising minor leaguers for the right to sign Johan Santana as a free agent. Well this blogger has not changed his mind. The Mets are really good in 2008, especially if they aren't unlucky to the point of having several key injuries, a good possibility on an old, veteran team, but they are still a very badly-run organization that deserves to be criticized daily by its fan base. Most likely, the Mets will always count on their block-headed, short-term memory having stock of angry, spoiled New Yorkers, and people with our opinion will remain distant, wack-job VORPies howling impotently on unread blogs of ill-repute. But that's not going to stop us.
"A lot of veterans [on the Mets] didn't like the way I play the game. They thought I didn't respect it," Milledge says later in the clubhouse. "But the vets here have no problem with me. They know I respect it. They know I work hard."Now this kind of thing makes me wonder: how the fuck did David Wright ever become so perfect at dealing with everything? Is he just better at tact and public relations than Milledge and everyone else? What did we ever do to deserve such an awesome player and person as David Wright?
And, on his time in New York: "I can't go through anything worse than I went through in New York. It only gets better from here."
Part of the success of Reyes and Wright, we think, has a lot to do with the fact that they came up during 2003 and 2004, when the Mets were horrible. Even then Willie Randolph managed them moronically, using Reyes as a leadoff hitter and batting Wright seventh (A rookie is a rookie unless he has some speed, then he can bat leadoff. OBP? What's that? Willie Randolph you are a terrible manager and I hate you... ahem), but at least they got to play everyday and the Mets didn't think they had to use the Shawn Greens and Jose Valentins of the world in their place.
So what did Milledge do wrong? He came of age at the wrong time. Sorry, dude.