Willie Randolph spent a lot of time this morning answering questions about Lastings Milledge getting thrown out at the plate Wednesday night. Milledge held up on a ball hit to right-center Bobby Abreu should have caught but didn’t. It was the difference between safe and out.
The Mets won, 9-3, so he was lucky it wasn’t the difference between win and lose.
“Never take anything for granted,’’ Randolph said was his message to Milledge.
True enough, but that’s not the issue. There were two outs so Milledge should have been running on contact, never mind what Abreu did. That’s not something that wasn’t taught in the minor leagues, as Randolph suggested. That’s something you learn in Little League. Run with two outs. Pretty easy.
Somehow, I’m not sure Milledge got the point. He showed up today at 11:55 a.m. for a 1:05 p.m. start. That’s 70 minutes before first pitch. If Carlos Delgado and Tom Glavine, and every other Met got to the park early, then so should Milledge.
Milledge isn’t in the lineup. Randolph said he wanted to give Eli Marrero a look.
Milledge has loads of talent. What he doesn’t have, yet, is a clue.
Anyway, first inning and Mets already up, 1-0, on Endy Chavez’s double. They win today and it is eight straight on the road to tie a club record.