LaTroy Hawkins has been around a long time. He has forgotten more about clubhouse protocol than most Mets will ever know.
Yes, we’re talking again about Jordany Valdespin, this time Hawkins’ take on the matter to national baseball writer Bob Nightengale.
Nightengale has been around a long time. He knows the ropes, and after years of living in Minneapolis developed a relationship of trust with Hawkins, a long-time Twin.
“What were we supposed to do there? We were down six runs, he hits a home run and he acts like it’s a walk-off,’’ Nightengale said of Valdespin’s posing after a meaningless home run.
“This isn’t Little League. What, now we’re supposed to get into a fight for that? We’re supposed to throw at somebody because he did a bonehead thing? Now, if they throw at him for no reason, that’s a different story. We protect our team. But to do what he did put us in a bad spot, a real bad spot.
“He showed absolutely no respect. If you’re going to pimp it, you’re going to suffer the consequences. I have no problem defending my teammates, but some things, you just can’t defend against. He’s created a lot of unnecessary tension around here.’’
Earlier today, I listed several action steps for Sandy Alderson. I wonder if he’s taken the temperature in his clubhouse. I wonder if he’s spoken to a veteran like Hawkins.
I don’t expect a general manager to act on the basis of one quote, but I do expect him to know the sentiments of his players.
Perhaps the Mets will wise up and get rid of Valdespin soon, but for now he’s in the starting line-up as the leadoff hitter in right field.
Here’s today’s line-up as the Mets attempt in St. Louis to avoid a seventh straight defeat:
Jordany Valdespin, RF: Whatever he does today, let’s hope he’s quiet about it.
Daniel Murphy, 2B: Broke out of slump with seven hits in last four games.
David Wright, 3B: Coming off his worst game of the season with a costly run-generating error and three strikeouts. Is batting .419 with runners in scoring position.
Ike Davis, 1B: Hitless in 11 at-bats in the three games so far against Cardinals. Overall, one hit in last 20 at-bats and hitting .164.
Lucas Duda, LF: Hitless in ten at-bats in the series. Is .143 (3-21) with runners in scoring position.
John Buck, C: Thrown out twice at second Wednesday night. Why was he trying to steal?
Rick Ankiel, CF: Homered last night.
Ruben Tejada, SS: Batting .174 for month of May.
Jonathan Niese, LHP: Hasn’t won in five starts. Has to try to do it with this line-up.