‘Know your place, rook’

September 30, 2006:
    Just finished listening to Eddie Coleman on WFAN.
    To paraphrase, he said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets thought long and hard about trading Lastings Milledge this off-season after his latest run-in with teammates.
    If you haven’t heard, the kid mouthed off to a veteran this week in Atlanta Lastings_3 and in retaliation, his clothes were stolen from his locker last night. Hung above his cubicle was a sign that read: "KNOW YOUR PLACE, ROOK!"
    It was signed by "Your Teammates."
    I admit, I was hoping Lastings would win the right-field job when Xavier Nady was dealt. He did not, and his .244 batting average and four home runs have been disappointing.
   If you ask me, most of his infractions (the gold cross; high-fiving fans after a game-tying home run; defensive lapses) could be expected from a 21-year-old kid. Newsday, however, says that he is fast falling out of favor with his teammates. That’s a bit disturbing.
"Milledge, as usual, ate dinner alone seated at his locker, facing inward, as the rest of the Mets crowded the clubhouse cafeteria," the paper reported.
   Look. I’ve got Lastings penciled in for left-field next season because he’s young, home-grown and oozing potential. I envision him joining a young core that already consists of David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.
   But it’s not the end of the world if the team decides to move him this winter.
   But for this kind of top prospect — no matter what kind of season he had in the bigs — it had better be for something big.
   Real big.


  1. phurrballe@aol.com

    I am a bit disappointed in the other Mets players to treat Milledge that way. Sure, Milledge has a lot to learn but he is a kid. Who at 21 did not have that swagger, that “my sh_t doesn’t stink” attitude? I think it cruel that he was targeted like that. Be adults, guys, especially when the world spotlight is on you. If Milledge said something that pushed your buttons, speak to him privately or ask Willie to intervene. This kind of childish punishment is not only just that, childish, but cruel. Remember, he is just a kid!!! You others are older and should know better. I hope that if Milledge is traded, he flourishes elsewhere. The kid has potential still, in my book. One other thing, look at Miguel Cabrera of the Marlins. That is a guy in need of a serious attitude adjustment. He fights with everyone,even his pwn teamates on camera…from what I have heard and seen of Lastings, I doubt he is of that obnoxious caliber

  2. kayleexxxs@aol.com

    Puns are little plays on words that a certain breed of person loves to spring on you and then look at you in a certain self-satisfied way to indicate that he thinks that you must think that he is by far the cleverest person on Earth now that Benjamin Franklin is dead. Do you think so?
    Air Jordan

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