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Friday, June 02, 2006

Rome Was Not Built In A Day

With a slow news day being that there was no game last night, the article of the day goes to Bob Raissman. He goes over the perceived attitude problem that Lastings Milledge is said to have and the only thing that comes to mind is who cares.

So, there was hardly a word or whisper about how Milledge, during spring training, often had his watch set on "Pedro time," taking the star trip and arriving at the ballpark late. What about those legal issues Milledge encountered when he was drafted by the Mets in 2003? They were a figment of some reporter's imagination, right?

The kid might not be David Wright (who can possibly replicate my Sugar Pants?), but he sure has had a knack for saying the right things to the media during interviews so far. He seemed like a well adjusted kid with his head on straight before this stuff came to light. Now it comes out that he is a bit arrogant and was brought up to be put into an atmosphere more conducive for him to learn how to play the game right and learn some character.

Milledge just turned 21. To think that he still has some stuff to learn should not be that foreign. This is the reason that teams put together squads with character and guys that can guide the young players before they go off track. A team like the Marlins might not have that, but the Mets surely do. As far as Milledge’s legal issues when he was in high school, he had some ‘relations’ with a younger girl in school. That is not the first time that has happened I’m sure of it. Keith Hernandez admitted to using cocaine and he turned out just fine and Milledge’s past legal issues are far less worrisome.

Being around guys in the Mets clubhouse like Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine has to undoubtedly have a large influence on a player. How could being around two legends not? When words come out of their mouths, people tend to listen. That goes for Delgado, Franco, and Floyd too. Those are all guys that will have in influence on Lastings and all but one of them will be around after this year.

Yes, Milledge is a brash young prospect who has immense talent. Sometimes arrogance is a trait that kids pick up when they are gifted, rich, and successful before they are even allowed to drink. This is all nothing new and while Milledge might not be the person they want him to be right now, my guess is that he will eventually be that guy. He seems like a good person and a little flamboyancy in a good way is certainly something that is welcome. Whatever the problems that people have with Milledge, one thing is for sure. Lastings is no Delmon and Milledge’s cockiness will probably be shaped into a positive down the line.

When he dropped that ball in right field for a future Hall of Famer only to have that same guy come up to him after the play and have some words of encouragement is part of the process. If Milledge steps out of line and starts to act like he can do what he wants when he wants, then he needs to be disciplined. If Frank Robinson can discipline Alfonso Soriano at this stage in Soriano’s career, then Randolph can discipline Milledge. It is all a process and sometimes the skill comes before the character, but I have no worries about Lastings Milledge being the player the Mets want him to be down the line.

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Due to DSL issues, this is all you get. This was tough enough to get out.

16 Comments:

Anonymous benny fuckin' Blanco said...

I fucking hate old people. I hate this idea that Lastings Milledge is some sort of animal for those “sexual” issues. They have to understand, the dude was a senior in high school, he copped some head from some 16 year old chick even though TECHNICALLY its considered statutory rape because of the age thing. But lets not kid ourselves. He was a star athlete meaning he was a chick magnet. The girl wanted to provide some oral pleasure and who is he to say no?
Plus as high school kids c’mon… you don’t even think about the age difference.
The parents probably found out, knew he was gonna get some money by being drafted and TRIED to take advantage. There’s no issue here… NON! It pisses me off every time I read Milledge is some sort of sexual predator. Shit, if that’s the case someone should lock me up and throw away the key for all the shit I did in high school.
And I’m sure EVERYONE else should be thrown in jail…
FUCK BOB Raissman.

If Milledge really is an arrogant prick well then to that I say, every team needs one guy like that. Sure it’d be better if it wasn’t a rookie but every team needs that. A.J. Pierzhasdjshu? The opposition hates him. The team loves him! And that’s the beauty of A.J.

1:34 PM

 
Anonymous Benny fuckin' Blanco said...

I fucking hate old people. I hate this idea that Lastings Milledge is some sort of animal for those “sexual” issues. They have to understand, the dude was a senior in high school, he copped some head from some 16 year old chick even though TECHNICALLY its considered statutory rape because of the age thing. But lets not kid ourselves. He was a star athlete meaning he was a chick magnet. The girl wanted to provide some oral pleasure and who is he to say no?
Plus as high school kids c’mon… you don’t even think about the age difference.
The parents probably found out, knew he was gonna get some money by being drafted and TRIED to take advantage. There’s no issue here… NON! It pisses me off every time I read Milledge is some sort of sexual predator. Shit, if that’s the case someone should lock me up and throw away the key for all the shit I did in high school.
And I’m sure EVERYONE else should be thrown in jail…
FUCK BOB Raissman.

If Milledge really is an arrogant prick well then to that I say, every team needs one guy like that. Sure it’d be better if it wasn’t a rookie but every team needs that. A.J. Pierzhasdjshu? The opposition hates him. The team loves him! And that’s the beauty of A.J.

1:35 PM

 
Blogger Toasty Joe said...

Raissman is a boob. Same goes for Mushnick. Think about what they do for a living: They don't even cover sports, they cover guys who cover sports. Maybe some day I'll get a job covering guys who cover guys who cover sports. My opinion will be only slightly more worthless than Raissman's.

2:15 PM

 
Anonymous jake said...

amen, benny. the high school judgement is so stupid i didn't even mention it when i wrote about milledge. maybe i should have put it out there but i feel it's so ridiculous i left it out. now, if i had heard everyone in aaa thinks he's a jerk i would have put that in i guess, but i never heard anything about that. i am still not convinced it is not entirely/mostly made up by one reporter and then keith and gary read his column and talked about it and now it is snowballing into the douchebag realm of raissman. the whole thing where he was talking about libel leads my train of thought down an oppostie path: maybe the mets threatened a libel suit bc a reporter was making stuff up you dumbass. he went on and on about how the mets shouldn't tell reporters not to write about things they have seen with their own eyes, but the thing is these columnists have not seen milledge do anything bad. these agenda promoters are the type of people that give reporters a bad name.

all of that said, let's hope what they are saying isn't true and if it is then he does indeed get straightened out.

meanwhile, i thought the read of the day was the nytime's profile on floyd.

2:43 PM

 
Anonymous DG said...

What's strange about the Raissman piece is that even if the Mets had a stanglehold over the NY area reporters, there's no way national reporters - and particularly rival reporters - would not have made an issue of Milledge's so called bad attitude. Places like BA for example have consistently praised the kid's character; I've never seen an inkling anywhere. And while Keith's statement did stick out the other night, it still is just pathetic to dredge up the high school allegations. Thankfully Willie told him to lose that big crucifix thing before they started introducing him as Flava Flav at Shea. Only in NY however does a kid drop an easy fly ball and all hell break lose. Weird.

3:41 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it, all Raismann sees is a black kid with long corn-rows, he must be a bad-ass. David Wright is a white guy with a preppy haircut. He is a good guy.

Adam

4:06 PM

 
Blogger Count Choculitis said...

Speaking of dropped fly balls, does anyone else feel that the fans at Shea are too quick to boo? It's one thing to boo Kaz after 2 years of completely sucking, but another thing to boo Beltran on opening day, Milledge in his second game, or Julio every single time he came into a game (and, man, he threw gas for the D-backs the other night). I'd like to see a little more selective booing from the Shea faithful.

4:14 PM

 
Blogger Toasty Joe said...

Dog is killing Raissman about this as we speak.

4:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DSL is for losers!

1:24 AM

 
Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

I just signed up for Vonage. I have had DSL for 7 years and I'm really getting pissed with Verizon! Their customer support sux when you can get it and the DSL is slowing down. Allright I pay $15 bucks for it but it is shit. I switched off Verizon and DSL which with tax costs me about $90 and is going up by 10% on July 1st. I got Vonage for $15 and a cable modem for $45 so with tax I save roughly $20 for better customer support and a 3x faster service. Dude, look into it.

My new favorite moment from the season...Carl Crawford!!! Toolbag!

1:49 PM

 
Anonymous DG said...

My big fat told you so. It definitely effected the slump. Insane game today....

"Nady underwent the surgery early Tuesday morning after enduring fever, back pain and moments of stabbing abdominal pain for about a week -- and not saying much about it.

"I just figured it would go away," he said. "But it got pretty bad. We were walking somewhere Monday and I just had to stop for like 15 seconds. ... I was taking Tylenol all week."

Not until Monday night after he had been hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance against the Diamondbacks did he alert the Mets medical staff.

"The best thing that happened is that I got drilled by Luis Vizcaino," Nady said.

The pitch from Vizcaino struck him in the left side. When the doctor examined the area, Nady said, "Take a look over here, too." Some probing resulted in a trip to the hospital, a drink of dye, a scan and ultimately that surgery that put a temporary halt to physical activity for the 27-year-old right fielder."

And equity option trading's got your weekend number, Mike! Second or third time the guy's done this. Doesn't he know that we wouldn't invest with him when he's asshole enough to put things where they don't belong? (And not even fun thing!)

5:37 PM

 
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