Monday, July 16, 2007

Another Day, Another Milledge Attack

Boy... it must be a slow news day. Check out this "wonderful" piece of journalism from a website called the New York Press:

New York Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge made a bold prediction after his team defeated the Nation League-worst Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Monday: The Mets would easily win the NL East this season. “We’re going to get back to where we were last year when we ran away with it,” Milledge said following the win.

Settle down, Mr. Milledge. We know you had a good series and you’re excited to be back in the big leagues, but let’s not get carried away. For the past six weeks, the team’s much heralded lineup couldn’t hit sand if they fell off a camel. Even after yesterday’s win, The New York Times—the country’s most distinguished newspaper—compared the Mets to a three-year-old girl. This remark comes after the Mets took three out of four from the Cincinnati Reds, which is like beating a paraplegic in a foot race. Their next seven games will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, arguably the two best teams in the National League; and the team behind them, the Atlanta Braves, also swept their opponent this weekend, and are generally playing great baseball. At this point, Mr. Milledge, it would be impressive if you just held your current lead. Also, it would be nice if you kept your mouth shut long enough for some of your teammates to actually like you.


Wow. Now that last line is a doozy. Guess he ran out of punchlines after the sand, girl, and paraplegic jokes, which all came in succession no less. Can you say overkill?

Anyway, I'm quickly becoming a Lastings apologist which is something I neither asked to be or wish to do. Plus, I don't want to turn this blog into the Lastings Milledge drama hour. But when you get idiots like this bashing L-Millz just for the sake of bashing him... well I have a problem with that.

With his statement and comment, all Milledge is doing is exuding a little confidence in his team. And he didn't bash any players or teams in doing so. He didn't throw his own teammates under the bus or anything like that. So where's the harm?

The writer goes on to say that the Dodgers and Padres are the two best teams in the National League? Sorry but you need more than a few good pitchers to get far nowadays(Can you say Oakland and Minnesota?). The Mets, Padres and Dodgers all have the same number of losses. How are they any worse than those teams? The fact that they still have the lead even after all of the injury problems they had says a lot. To me, it says they may even be much better than their record indicates. Obviously L-Millz feels that way too.

But back to the blatant Milledge attack... I would have been fine with the piece if he stopped before that last line. Up until then it was simply an opinion column. I can live with that. But the last line turned it into an attack. From what I can tell, Milledge's teammates do like him. Alot. Did you hear Beltran basically wax poetic about Milledge the other night after his game winner?

Seems to me like the author is just a weeeeeeee bit biased don't ya think? And when it comes to L-Millz, this seems to be the norm. Holla Back.


dave said...

That's just a ridiculous article. What is with people just wanting to hate Lasting Milledge? I bet it stems back to the fact that he tried to produce his own rap album. They immediately lump him with Ron Artest when they hear that.

I like the kid.

Notre Rican said...

Rappers can make albums and no one makes a single comment and then AI, Artest and Milledge do the same and they get slammed. I think there is a double standard there. Also, the kid is 21 years old. He is young and will make plenty of mistakes just as we all did at the same age.