Came across a blog piece over at the Staten Island Advocate which states how Carlos Gomez is the anti-Lastings Milledge.
Hmmm not sure how I feel about this one. Has Go Go Gomez capitalized on his time in the Majors? I think so. Did Milledge? Probably not as much as he would have liked but his time in the Bigs last year showed him what he needed to do to be a big-leaguer. Plus people forget, Edge is ONLY 22. I was more than encouraged by the steps he took in the offseason to change his image and fit with the team (rap-lyrics not included). Plus he was smoking the cover off the ball in the preseason which is a great sign.
And remember, it took injuries to both corner outfielders and to Milledge himself for Gomez to even get a look. He plays significant time because Chavez and Alou are both out. Lasto made the team out of spring training but never had the opportunity to play because everyone was healthy. How can you capitalize without getting a chance?
So while I don't entirely disagree with the blog writer, I think labeling the kid as the anti-Milledge is a bit unfair to Lastings. It implies that Milledge did something wrong and I'm one of the few who believes Milledge is getting a bad rap (pun intended) from many fans for reasons I may discuss at a later time.
But anyway, I love Gomez, I love Milledge, and I hope both can stick with the team. Question is, if Fernando Martinez turns out to be the truth, who gets bumped out?
It's a great position to be in if you're a Mets fan, I tell you that. Holla back.