Like Lastings Milledge and Paul Lo Duca earlier this spring, Gotay is angry with the Mets for giving up on him without what he considers a reasonable explanation. Gotay, who was scooped up by the Braves after being put on waivers by the Mets last week, hopes to take out his frustration on the Amazin's during the three-game series that begins here tonight.You don't seem to hear this kind of thing nearly as much from former players of other teams. The way I see it, the possibilities for why this is the case are as follows:
"Yes, I'm mad," Gotay told The Post yesterday. "I never thought they would put me on waivers after what I did last year. I felt I deserved a chance. . . ." Gotay appeared to blame Willie Randolph for that decision based on how he responded when asked about seeing the Mets' manager this weekend. "I'm not going to go out of my way to talk to him," said Gotay, who had tears in his eyes last week when told he was put on waivers. "I'll talk more to the players than him, because I've always had a pretty good relationship with the players."
- It's the Mets' fault: Is it possible that Randolph and Minaya simply carry out their personnel decisions more poorly than other teams? Not the decisions themselves, actually, but the manner in which they're communicated. Maybe they don't telegraph bad news, thus making its impact all the harder? Maybe they're not straight-up with players?
- It's the players' fault: I don't know much about Gotay, but Milledge and Lo Duca have reputations as horse's asses, so maybe they'd squawk when shipped out regardless of the circumstances.
- It's the press' fault: Maybe some random ex-Milwaukee Brewer isn't giving hot-under-the-collar quotes about these things because random Milwaukee reporters aren't trying to elicit controversy. I realize I'm trafficking in stereotypes here, but it just strikes me that a Midwestern reporter is more likely to ask "so, Ruben, how's the new team working out?" while a New York reporter is more likely to ask "so, Ruben, how'd you feel about being told you weren't good enough to be a Met?" No, I have no idea if that's how it works, but it would explain the apparent discrepancy.
If I had to guess? 20% team, 60% player, 20% press, but I'd be curious to hear anyone else's opinion.