Monday, July 26, 2010

Dickey completely out of line with Manuel

R.A. Dickey has been a savior for the New York Mets this season, helping to keep the team afloat during some very tough times. But yesterday he was completely out of line, vociferously arguing with his manager Jerry Manuel on the mound.

I was sitting in a restaurant watching the baseball game with the television on mute, but I had absolutely no problem getting the gist of what Dickey was saying to his manager in public and what he kept saying as he walked off the mound with the trainer. It was shameful behavior on Dickey's part considering Manuel was trying to protect him from serious injury. I understand players sometimes overreact in the heat of competition, but his sustained verbal assault on Manuel was uncalled for.

Manuel seems like a forgiving guy and he chalked it up to Dickey's ultra competitive nature. But with the Mets flailing, the last thing the manager needs is to be publicly challenged and embarrassed by one of his players. The Mets hierarchy doesn't need a reason to fire him, especially after this abysmal road trip.

In truth, it seems like Manuel had the Mets playing over their heads for most of the season so it would be sad if he were forced to take the fall. I wonder how Dickey would feel if he helped get his manager fired.

Thanks to dbking via Wikipedia for the photo.

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