June 07, 2006
Meet The Mets
Some more on Melky, Milledge, and (!) Me (?) from Mike's Mets Blog this past Monday:
In his first few days in the major leagues, Milledge has certainly become a lightening rod for controversy. It seems as if everyone is willing to weigh in with an opinion on this kid, whether they really have a clue about him or not. Case in point, take this comment by a pious, self-righteous Yankee blogger, who quoted extensively from Mike McGann's unflattering portrait of Milledge:
While some might say that it's wrong to point at something bad to make something else look good, I still have to say this: What a pleasure it is to watch young Melky Cabrera go about his business while he's succeeding at the Major League level.
The Mets can have Milledge. I'd rather have Melky without question.
I've always said the Yankees are all about character over talent: Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens ... the list goes on and on. Don't worry, Steve, you can rest assured that the Mets will not trade Milledge for the great Melky Cabrera, so you can enjoy having his fourth outfielder skills in the Bronx for the foreseeable future. Anyhow, reading this guy's pathetic desire to latch onto something negative about the Mets' big prospect shines a light on how silly this whole thing is. Maybe we all should stop pretending that we know something about Milledge, whether we hope to see him fall on his face like our buddy Steve, or succeed like most of us Mets fans.
What is it that Jeter always says about being booed on the road?
It's just like being cheered at home. Cool.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 7, 2006 09:36 AM
Some fourth outfielder skills on display last night, huh? And I think Sheff, Rocket and Jason all have some talent.
Steve, never take the insults of a man who can't spell "lightning" seriously.
"pious, self-righteous Yankee blogger..." HA!
Anyway, the blogger has a point; Yankee fans can't take the "moral high ground" when it comes to "character" given some of the players that have worn the pinstripes over the years.
Raf, every team in baseball has had bad guys on their teams. The Mets can't take the moral high ground either, then -- the whole '86 team was rotten. They were practically a traveling drug rehab.
Anyway, Steve wasn't going after Lastings. He was just saying what a joy the baggage-free Melky has been. And considering the disparity in press coverage of those two -- Lastings is apparently a superstud and a future HOF and Melky is a "fourth outfielder" -- it was perfectly appropriate.
Cool. I glad that someone gets it.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 7, 2006 12:16 PM
My basic point was that no team (and their fans) can take the "moral high road" when it comes to a player.
There's a reason for the disparity in coverage; according to their numbers in the minors, Milledge was a better player; he put up better numbers. Not saying Cabrera's a slouch, but it is what it is. Add in that he's a 1st round pick, and apparently has this "attitude" angle covered, is it any wonder he gets more press? It's what they like. I mean, as great as Bernie has been, he isn't very quotable.
"While some might say that it's wrong to point at something bad to make something else look good..." Sounds like he's going after him to me. Especially with the "fan boy" disclaimer. Don't think it was meant with malice, but I stand by it. The only reason those posts (articles) were made because of the perception (reality?) that Milledge has (is?) a "problem"
Such hostilities (although these register rather low, of course) are one of the dark part of the blogosphere - and the internet. It was possible to highlight your comments without attacking you personally. You specifically have to want to say those things and that probably says something about you if you do.
You didn't personally attack Mets fans, any Mets bloggers or Millege, you commented on two rookie outfielders playing in the same city and your comments were reasonable. This is a Yankees blog.
That's all I have to say. :)
Posted by: pokeefe at June 8, 2006 11:06 AM