The Peanut Gallery’s Emptiest Shout

To the pleasure of many, Alex Cora offered this to a laughing contingent in the Mets clubhouse last night, “A little respect please. They stuck it up our ass!”

Here’s a guy “hitting”.216/.274/.288, who possesses the range of SNY’s television signal last night, “earning” two million dollars for clubhouse leadership calling out his teammates in front of the media.

This is leadership?

“To be a leader for me, it’s not enough to talk all the time. You have to go out and do it yourself.”

That quote is from Jose Valentin three years ago — almost to the day — talking about the release of Julio Franco, the (then) 48-year-old pinch-hitter signed to a two-year contract for his purported clubhouse presence. Former Mets manager Willie Randolph added, “If you play, you have to produce. That clubhouse stuff is overrated.”

Major League Baseball players are a rarely-talented, gifted few with an ultra-competitive quality bred by years of trying to prove their worth. No professional ballplayer is looking to the worst player on the team for leadership. Leaders must be able to “back it up” in a way that Alex Cora – a 34-year-old utility player who’s been an irregular since 2004 – can’t.

The same holds true in all walks of life. How do you look up to someone in the same industry who isn’t nearly as good as you are? It defies reason.

 But such is life under Omar Minaya: an unreasonably expensive contract and a roster spot given to a scrub to deliver some vague ideal. Instead of assembling a team with a complete lineup, a good pitching staff and complementary bench players, he cobbles together a loose collection of superstars, journeymen, vanity projects, mistakes, scrubs and archetypes. And like clockwork, folks in Metsland find themselves having a variation of the same tired debates about “leadership”, “cohesion” and “attitude”. The team just isn’t good – end of discussion.

Alex Cora is in the wrong here and he should apologize. Assailing teammates in plain sight of the New York media, when you didn’t even play in the game, is a dick move. That’s a good way to diminish a reputation built largely on attitude and demeanor. Furthermore, the team played hard. They were just befuddled by a pitcher they never faced before. It happens.

If nothing else, Cora’s supposed to be a professional. He should have found a better way to deal with it.

2 Responses to “The Peanut Gallery’s Emptiest Shout”

  1. brian mcnamee says:

    Wait. You’re confusing me. Is it the message you dislike or
    is it the messenger ? Had David Wright chimed in and
    shushed Pelf would that be ok ?

    I get your notion that a 215 hitter might not be the best
    hitting instructor on the squad, but even a the ball boy
    knows that losing eight out of your last 10 is nothing to laugh
    about. Despite your desire to oust him from, Alex Cora is
    still a member of the team. According to plenty, he’s got
    high baseball IQ, so if I were you, I’d cut him some slack…

    Now onto a bigger issue: why do the Mets have a habit of
    turning rookie nobodies into ESPN highlight stars. At least 5
    times a season we face some kid who just got promoted to
    the bigs, and time after time he blanks us. I have to ask if
    the minor league scouts are doing their . How come the
    rookie knows more about the getting the hitters out than we
    do about him ?

  2. Metsaholic says:

    I agree with the above comment. I honestly can’t sand watching how ‘friendly’ the Mets seem to be when other opposing runners are on base. Smiling, chatting like there isn’t a care in the world. It feels like the season is begining to slip away. I’m not saying that the season is dying but that it feels like it’s beginning to slip away. I like Alex Cora so it didn’t bother me in the least what he said to his team mates. Yes, I really wish it was David Wright, but he’s not the type. He never will be either.

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