A frustrated Paul Lo Duca went off last night. I’ve posted a new poll. Weigh in if you will. Thanks.
hey the poll is skewed. I chose number 2 and it didnt reflect!!!!!!!
oh wait now it did. hmm
Hi John –
I missed the Lo Duca incident last night. Which media person is he mad at now?
My favorite media moment from yesterday was when Mika Brzenzski, who was doing news updates on MSNBC, got up from the anchor desk and took some papers to the shredder and put them through it. When she came back she said “I don’t think we should be leading our newscast with a Paris Hilton story” and proceeded with the real news.
I am one of Lo Duca’s biggest fans and supporters, but I wish he wouldn’t have shed light on his teammates in that manner. He happens to be right, but little digs like that on your teammates sometimes have ways of becoming more than they should be. Hopefully the other latin players won’t even give it a second thought. Yesterday Mets Merized mobilized a huge Lo Duca All Star campaign to 20,000 of our subscribers encouraging each of them to vote often for Paulie. I hope he made it!
Steve C., perhaps you’re unaware that Census Bureau trends project that in the next two decades, 40 percent of Americans will speak Spanish as their first language.
In Southern California, where I live, that percentage is even higher.
Yes, English is our common denominator, but the idea of America being a monolinguistic society is about as outdated as a record player.
Forgive me for wanting to expand my horizons since I was a child and learn other languages besides English. By the way, as an adult, I’ve also taken classes in Tagalog and am currently learning Portuguese.
For baseball purposes, let me ask you this: If the Mets beat writer job was open at any other newspaper and I’m knowledgeable about baseball, a good writer and reporter, have some experience under my belt AND I’m fluent in Spanish and therefore can converse in it with key players and officials around baseball and produce stories my competitors can’t, who do you think that newspaper will hire?
And as far as your saying “Many Spanish people feel they are above learning English,” where are you getting your information? What empirical data are you using? Have you taken a scientific poll? What scholarly research have you done to arrive at that conclusion?
If your assumption is right, then why are so many English language classes around the country full, to the point where there are waiting lists to enroll?
To Gil: FYI. I have interviewed and quoted every Latin player in the Mets’ clubhouse this season. Your comments are accurate. You may also want to know that I am trying to study Spanish. It is hard with my schedule, but I am making the effort.-JD
John, you media types are blowing this out of proportion. It’s just ridiculous. Lo Duca’s comments this morning were right on. You have to be honest, you guys (beat writers) always exaggerate stuff like this all the time to make a story of nothing. It’s sickening and not responsible journalism.
To Jimmy: You have the makings of being a politician as you spoke out of both sides of your mouth in your comment. On one side you say, ``you media types are always blowing this out of proportion.’’ And on the other you say, ``Lo Duca’s comments this morning were right on.’’ C’mon Jimmy, take a side, any side. Just don’t take both.
‘Annie Savoy’: he is mad at Steve Popper of the Bergen Record
Well Lo Duca said it the loudest, but Tom Glavine hinted to some discord in the clubhouse the other day on his weekly radio spot on WFAN. I do not think this is big news, it does not take a rocket scientist to see the Mets are not the same happy go lucky bunch of guys they were a year ago. But Lo Duca should learn to control himself a bit, it is on thing to go after an umpire but it is an entirely diffrent thing to go after your teamates. I hope his timing does not affect the team in Philly, they need a series win here in the worst way.
To Doug: Chemistry is a funny thing and the Mets’ don’t have it like they did last season. Don’t forget, last year they caught a lot of people by surprise. This year people are gunning for them. Whatever Lo Duca meant by his comments, they are now out there. People will believe what they will. For now, his teammates are supportive. But, as often as I am in that clubhouse, I am not on the plane with them. I don’t go to dinner with them. And, the doors do close behind me. There’s another story out there.-JD
I’m curious. What did Glavine say?
There seemed to be no discord at home plate the other night when Shawn Green arrived at home after his walkoff homer and Jose Reyes, Ruben Gotay and Julio Franco were the smiling ringleaders in embracing/pummeling Greenie.
And if any discord in the Mets clubhouse is motivated by any cultural or linguistic differences among players, it’s not uncommon in other parts of the American workplace, so why not in baseball?
Some prominent African-American players have already been quoted as saying they feel phased out (famously and foolishly by Gary Sheffield) and now LoDuca and Glavine are expressing some discomfort.
Baseball is a game of adjustments and everyone, no matter what their ethnicity or first language, must do that for the betterment of the team. The most successful companies are the ones that candidly deal with everyone’s concerns, air out differences and come up with a win-win solution for everyone.
You know who the Mets are REALLY missing in the clubhouse right now, who could ease any tensions?
EVERYONE, no matter who they are, rallies around his magnetism, his confidence, his talent and his ability to transcend any barriers.
But on LoDuca, I’ve seen Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Feliciano and Carlos Gomez all interviewed on SNY recently, so I’m wondering who exactly he’s speaking of when he insinuated they don’t give interviews?
Just saw the pregame report on SNY about LoDuca and his comments and his response.
I LOVE Paulie!
Here’s what he said: “So now the perception people have about me is that I’m a gambler, I’m a racist and I like 18-year-old girls. Is that fair? Do I have a right to be frustrated by that?”
Also, Delgado, Franco and Valentin were interviewed and Valentin’s already ragging on Paulie about it.
So here’s the story: Paulie’s no bigot!
Never thought he was, anyway.
Paulie’s just a standup guy, a quote machine and the heart and soul of the team. Paulie’s inner New Yorker – the shooting from the lip, the candidness, the emotion – is coming out.
In the end, this “incident” may unify the team in a way we never thought possible!
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