WASHINGTON – KNOW YOUR PLACE, ROOK!
The hand-scrawled message hung above Lastings Milledge’s locker after Friday’s 4-3 victory over the Nationals. At the bottom of the two sheets of paper was written, “Your Teammates.”
At a time when the Mets should be focusing on the playoffs, it was a disturbing sign.
Milledge, as usual, ate dinner alone seated at his locker, facing inward, as the rest of the Mets crowded the clubhouse cafeteria. Someone had hidden Milledge’s street clothes, and one player thought they had been replaced by a dress.
The reason? According to one person familiar with the situation, Milledge – whose reputation is deteriorating quickly – mouthed off to a veteran teammate in Atlanta. Friday’s rebuke followed. Apparently, his teammates are becoming more and more annoyed by Milledge’s attitude.
“How much does it take to finally wake up?” the person said. “How long before you realize the way you’re acting is the opposite of how you should be acting? Fine. Stay asleep, then.”
Why the Mets news here? As a “pious, self-righteous Yankee blogger,” would you expect any less from me? (Yeah, I know this was four months ago, but, on certain things I have a memory like an elephant.)
Here’s hoping that, if the Yankees and Mets face each other this October, Milledge has a “Timo Perez moment.”