I’m not looking to rag on Willie Randolph, but he really ticked me off for showing up David Wright and getting in his face when he got picked off first base Monday against the Cardinals. It was actually the first time this season that he got caught stealing, but when Wright went into the dugout, Randolph gave him and earfull and neither one was willing to let it go for an entire inning, and I’m talking bottom and top of the inning.
A few innings earlier Jose Valentin got picked off as well, but he didn’t get the royal rebuke from Willie. If Randolph wants to get on someone’s butt, why don’t he get on Delgado? I find it very upsetting that the only guy on the team that is having a solid season gets singled out for getting picked off. Gimme a break!
As long as I am talking about Willie, let me also say that I thought he pulled Jorge Sosa out of the game way too early. You could tell that Sosa was steaming when he was told his day was done after only six innings of 1 run baseball. I thought that Willie had learned his lesson lately with his early hook, but I guess not. Thanks to that move, the Mets ended up using 4 relievers including two innings each from setup man Pedro Felicano and closer Billy Wagner. Considering the Mets don’t have another day off until next Monday, you would think that preserving the bullpen would be a top priority.
OK, I’m glad I got that off my chest. Boy, that felt good…