There were his quick hands and speed, and later his easy smile and ability to crack wise.
“Don’t fall down,’’ was Lastings Milledge’s response to what he was thinking about as he rounded first with his first major league hit. It probably wasn’t, but it was funny and made for a good first impression.
Milledge said “you never know,’’ about how long he might stay, but added all the right things about it being Xavier Nady’s job.
Omar Minaya said the time was right to give Milledge a shot, but the timing of this also helps the Mets. All good feelings aside, Milledge is the Mets’ big chip to spend if they have to go looking for a pitcher later. Showcasing him is a side benefit.
The Mets could be faced with this decision: Is Milledge more important to them as Cliff Floyd’s replacement next year or to get pitching this summer?
Pitching remains key.
Alay Soler’s second impression wasn’t a good one. He’s given up a combined five runs in his first two starts. Manager Willie Randolph said he’ll get another, but it’s because there’s little other options.
In large part, that’s because Brian Bannister was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Milledge. He’s eligible to come off June 26, which is five more turns through the rotation.
Well, that’s it from me for tonight. Signing off until tomorrow.