Jerry Manuel, in Not So Many Words: I Want Manny Ramirez

Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2009

Jerry Manuel:

"I'm like the fans: If we get him, cool. If not, we'll deal with it. We have a pretty good team."
"If you've got a guy who performs on the field, you can handle the rest of that stuff. I don't think it's an issue. I don't have a problem with the clubhouse. I've got an office that's about so big.  The clubhouse, I let them do what they do."

The ever-so-wise Jerry on the silly World Baseball "Classic":

"Of course, my first spring training, you'd love to say no distractions, no WBC. That'd be good for me."

And my Jerry love-fest continues as he asks Over-Reyes to take responsibility!

That's the next thing for him, to add some responsibilities.   Taking control defensively, as far as where guys are positioned, different defensive plays. I want him to be responsible for the whole infield. That, to me, is maturation.


Jerry was helping out at a soup kitchen.   Mets Police, for all our negativity, like to applaud good deeds.  I'd share the video but NY1 hasn't heard of embedding technology so click here.

You know, other than winning a championship for the city, it's probably one of the more rewarding things that we could do as athletes and coaches and people to lift the spirits of those that are less fortunate.

Hooray for Jerry.   He just told the world he can handle Manny—now let him do it.


In other news...

The Yankees say they have sold the equivalent of 39,393 season tickets so far.   They haven't even gotten to the folks with the 15 game plans (never mind single games) and they're going to draw 3.1 million!   The Mets also say they are selling well according to this article in the Canadian Press.


Quote of the day goes to Dwight Gooden who had this to say about Kirk Radomski's claims that he took a urine test for Gooden back in the day:

"I’ve made mistakes through the years, and I’ve admitted them, but that never happened. And the way the tests were administered, it couldn’t have happened. I’ve done enough wrong on my own, I don’t want to get blamed for something I didn’t do.”


I always feel sad when I read about Doc, but that's a pretty mature quote.   Before we all throw stones at Gooden, be honest with yourself—if you were 19 years old in the big city and making a few million dollars, trouble may have found you too.