Bowa Isn’t Exactly Gushing With Enthusiasm For Mets Bench Coach Job

An article by posted on October 7, 2011

Caught this on MetsBlog:

Chris Russo: “If the Mets or White Sox offer you the job to be the bench coach are you going to take it?”

Larry Bowa: “To be honest with you – and I’m not avoiding your question, you know I’ve been honest with you all year – I really, I haven’t even thought about that.  But I do love baseball. I like the camaraderie, I like the competition.  I would definitely talk to people but I’m telling you the truth, Chris, I have not talked to anybody yet.  I’ve read the same stuff you’ve read and we’ll see what happens.”

Russo: “But if the Mets called you’d talk?”

Bowa: “I’m talking to anybody.  But let me get it straight: I love what I’m doing now.  I really do.  I’m working with a bunch of great people here.  Obviously there’s a ton of security here as far as you don’t have to worry about wins and losses.  I mean, there’s a lot of stuff you’ve got to take into consideration here.  You know, I don’t like losing, and I go to a team like New York or somebody that’s not committed to winning, I mean, I gotta really delve into that and say, ‘Is it going to get better?’  If it gets better, I like seeing teams get better.  But if it’s going to stay the same, you know, I don’t like stuff like that.  I like to compete.  I like to have a chance, every time you go on the field I like to have a chance to win. … Let me tell you this: if I did get back in uniform – if I did – it’s not going to be to coach third [base], it’s going to be as bench coach.”

Bowa, who is now an analyst for the MLB Network, was a guest of Chris Russo on the SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio channel.

You know me… I love reading into things and do so all the time… But what was Bowa trying to say when he said:

You know, I don’t like losing, and I go to a team like New York or somebody that’s not committed to winning, I mean, I gotta really delve into that and say, ‘Is it going to get better?’

Not committed to winning? Where did that come from? Why would he phrase it like that?

It was a direct answer to a direct question about whether he would consider talking to the Mets. It doesn’t sound like someone waiting for his cell phone to read “Sandy Alderson”.

I noticed he said “you know” a couple of times during that particular exchange with Maddog… Know what?

I’m not so sure that Larry Bowa is actually down with the whole Mets Bench Coach thing… Ya know?

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