Willie Randolph finished his daily press briefing just a few minutes ago. For veteran Willie watchers, it might have been his best pre-game session ever. He was glib, answered all questions fully, and spent more time than normal. Very inciteful. It was a session that gives you the background to watch the game with different eyes.
The highlight was a young TV reporter, acting like a district attorney, who asked this question: “You won 9 of 10 on the road and now have lost three of four a home. How do you explain this?’’
Randolph’s eyes widened and his mouth dropped. If ever there was a time to lose it, this was it. All that came out was “Wow.’’ Then a pause and he answered in general terms about the fates of a season.
He was great talking about Jose Reyes, saying he’s improving as a leadoff hitter, but still too much in an attack mode. He didn’t say Reyes was playing for the money, but said he’s a young guy insecure about his future, and such players tend to be aggresive.
When asked if that meant going to Omar Minaya and endorsing a long-term deal, he said: “If he did, it would help a lot.’‘