Lastings Milledge wasn’t in the Mets’ plans at the start of spring training. The plan was for him to get another year at Triple-A and be a September call-up. However, out of necessity Milledge has been a part of 49 games, including starting today.
From not being on their 2006 radar to being in the line-up on the day they could clinch is a positive development, so I thought I’d ask him about it.
“What kind of question is that?’’ he snapped, showing the flip attitude that has marked his brief time here.
“It’s a good question,’’ was my response. “You weren’t supposed to play much this year and you’re about to start the game when you guys can clinch. That shows how far you’ve come.’’
“That’s what I’m here for,’’ replied the classy one.
It’s no use. You can talk to Tom Glavine the day he pitches and he’s polite and friendly. It’s like walking around egg shells with Milledge. Randy Johnson is the same way, but at least he’s accomplished something in the game. There are few guys so arrogant with so little reason to be. He doesn’t get it and I doubt he ever will.
Here’s who’s joining him in the Mets’ lineup:
SS Jose Reyes
RF Endy Chavez
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
2B Chris Woodward
LF Lastings Milledge
C Kelly Stinnett
RHP John Maine