Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome to the Big Leagues, Jerry Manuel

A painful press conference. A first inning temper tantrum. The ace of your staff having a tough game. Having to call in Aaron Heilman from the bullpen. A team that can't score runs. An opposing ace with magical stuff.

Welcome to Jerry Manuel's first day as Mets manager.

I think it's safe to say that tomorrow has to be better. Manuel faced a number of situations in his first day that he hopefully won't have to repeat. First he had to face the press right on the heels of the Omar Minaya press conference. Then Reyes threw a little temper tantrum in the first inning. Then Johan Santana decided this was John Lackey's night to have great stuff, not his.

A win would have been a symbolic changing of the guards and the chance to gain another game on the Phillies. Perhaps Wednesday will be better.


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