Via George King -
For a guy who played the game with Hall of Fame talent and smarts, Gary Carter is saying and doing some dumb things.
Talking to the L.A. Times about not getting a chance to manage in the big leagues, Carter took a big and unnecessary shot at Joe Girardi and the Steinbrenner family.
“[The] pictures Joe Girardi must have on Steinbrenner,” said Carter, who is managing in a California independent league.
When those words were relayed to Girardi following last night’s 12-3 defeat to the Pirates at PNC Park, Girardi listened without comment. Asked if he had a bad history with Carter, Girardi said he didn’t.
“He was always cordial and nice to me,” Girardi said.
My initial reaction on this is the same that Yankees fans had back on April 16, 1985 – towards Carter.
I could not stand Gary Carter when he played for the Mets. He was a “Red Light” player – long before anyone ever hung that term on Curt Schilling. When he was on the field, Carter always knew which T.V. camera was hot.
Later, after he retired, my position on Carter softened – and I was happy for him when he was selected for Cooperstown.
Now, after he lobbied for Willie Randolph’s job (with the Mets) – while Willow was still in it – and this, well, Carter is starting to sound like a whiney and complaining menopausal wash-woman in need of some good meds.