Well, there wasn’t quite the buzz like when the Beatles played Shea, but the unexpected arrival of outfield prospect Lastings Milledge tonight did cause a stir.
First, his flight from Providence was canceled, and then a second one was delayed.
And, everybody waited.
One writer greeted another with a short, “hear anything about Milledge getting here, yet?” It was how we said hello today.
Meanwhile, while waiting for take off, Milledge thought to himself: “This can’t be happening to me. It’s the biggest day of my life and I’m going to miss it.”
We know this is what he thought because that’s what Mets PR chief Jay Horwitz told us Milledge said to him. The Mets’ brass, which hustled Milledge over from LaGuardia at around 6 p.m., didn’t want their young player distracted before the game.
Most Mets sat around looking amused as a group of us huddled in a circle waiting for the Milledge-Horwitz pow-pow to break-up.
Julio Franco helped us, saying, “C’mon Jay, let the guys do their job.”
We’ll get him later and I’ll give you an update.
Milledge, of course, has been the subject of trade speculation. I talked to several fans and they don’t like the idea of dealing Milledge now.
Of course, that depends on who comes back.
Barry Zito? No. Dontrelle Willis? Yup.
Milledge, by the way, will wear No. 44.
Here’s who’s joining Milledge in the lineup:
SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
2B Jose Valentin
RF Lastings Milledge
RHP Alay Soler
I’m sure he liked his reception when the starting lineups were announced. How long Milledge stays here to hear them, nobody knows. If he’s lights out, he could stay, but GM Omar Minaya said the plan is for him to stay until Xavier Nady comes off the DL.
Well, Alay Soler gives up a hit to Craig Counsell to start the game and we’re off …
Feel free to post anything that strikes your mind about Milledge, or whatever happens during the game. I’ll check in later.