Jordany Valdespin sat by his locker, his eyes glued to a television showing Phillies-Nationals highlights. However, his mind seemed elsewhere, but apparently not on his quest to be the Opening Day leadoff hitter in center.
“They have a decision to make, and the only thing I can do is keep playing hard and give them something to think about,’’ Valdespin said. “I can’t make the decision. I have to play hard and see what happens in spring training.’’
Valdespin rarely made eye contact, instead kept on watching the television.
Valdespin has several factors working in his favor. He’s able to play second base as well as the outfield, and versatility is always a plus. He hit five pinch homers last season, so he has the ability to jumpstart a rally. He can also get things going with his speed.
Whether he’s a starter or role player, he’ll take either. There have been times when Valdespin’s attitude didn’t always endear himself to the Mets’ brass, including being suspended in winter ball. He seems to have gotten the message.
“I’m happy with whatever they want me to do,’’ Valdespin said. “I’ll work hard either way.’’
Valdespin will lead off and play second today against the Marlins.
Here’s the order:
Jordany Valdespin, 2b
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, dh
Matt den Dekker, cf
Brandon Hicks, 3b
Matt Harvey, rhp