Murphy is considered day-to-day.
Thank you for your comments regarding my post on Daniel Murphy. One of the great things about this country is the exchange of ideas is encouraged and nobody should be attacked for their beliefs. For the most part I thought this was achieved.
For those of you new to this blog, my intent is to create an atmosphere of people watching a game together and sharing their opinions and views. It certainly would be boring if all the opinions are the same.
I don’t care if you don’t agree with me, but don’t be abusive and resort to name calling. For the most part that was achieved and I thank you.
I am hopeful you’ll continue to visit this blog and post your comments frequently.
Thank you again and I hope you all enjoy the season.
Well, that lasted a long time. On the day after the Mets announced Daniel Murphy will keep his religious comments to himself, he is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Outside the Lines along with Billy Bean today at 3 p.m.
Unfortunately, things developed as I anticipated for Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy after his response to a reporter’s question of potentially having a gay teammate.
The topic arose when GM Sandy Alderson invited former major leaguer Billy Bean to address the Mets on inclusion. Bean admitted after his career he was gay.
As a reporter, I welcome it when a player gives an honest, well reasoned answer to a question, which is what Murphy did when asked about Bean.
What, Alderson didn’t think his players wouldn’t be asked?
“I disagree with his lifestyle,’’ Murphy told reporters. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect.
“Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them, but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.
“Maybe, as a Christian … we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree [with] the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me.’’
What is so wrong about that answer? It was the best possible response. Murphy expressed his beliefs, which is his right as much as it was Bean’s right to state his. Most importantly, Murphy said he would accept a gay teammate simply because he was a teammate.
Isn’t that what acceptance is all about?
This was part of a major league directive. What is the intent? Is it beneficial to introduce a potentially divisive issue into the clubhouse?
A baseball team is comprised of players, but they are also human beings. Each having their own beliefs, opinions and follow their own moral compass.
Bean said what he believed and Murphy did the same, which is the ultimate display of free-flowing ideas.
However, Murphy’s thoughts have been criticized, which unfortunately is what one expects in this era of political correctness.
ON DECK: Zack Wheeler talks smack … sort of.
Matt Harvey threw two 20-pitch sessions to hitters without pain Friday and is on track to start, March 6, against Detroit.
Harvey couldn’t be happier.
“It was awesome,’’ Harvey told reporters in Port St. Lucie. “You step in the box and you have David in there, it’s a good feeling to have that and be back. I couldn’t feel better. It was a good day.
“The biggest thing today is getting used to having somebody in there and getting that feel of somebody standing in the box. Obviously them not swinging, you don’t quite get all the feel of what you need to work on or exactly what is working at the time and what isn’t.’’
Wright liked what he saw: “The biggest thing was it looked like the ball was coming out pretty free and easy. You could see the smile on his face from him being happy to be back out there. As a teammate and a friend, I was happy he was able to get back out there.’’
COLON COULD GET OPENING DAY START: ESPN reported Bartolo Colon could get the Opening Day start, which would be the seventh of his career.
He would make the most sense because he’s used to the buzz and was the Mets’ most dependable starter last season, winning 15 games and working over 200 innings.
EXTRA INNINGS: Manager Terry Collins said Wright, Murphy, Cuddyer and Granderson would sit out the first few exhibition games.