Willie Randolph was the Captain of the Mets sinking ship last year. Most Mets fans wanted him to walk the plank for his actions or lack there of. The Mets faithful were yearning for fire in the players eyes. But those flames never showed up and the Mets were left on the outside looking in. The majority of the blame was placed on Randolph. But Randolph recently released a statement letting the fans know of his mindset coming into the 2008 season:
Our team is ready to go. That’s the message I want to send to you Mets fans as we prepare for today’s opener in South Florida. The goal this year is to make our final season at Shea something special and I think we can…We all hated the way last year ended for us. For 98 percent of the season we were the best team in our division, but we let it slip away. When I spoke to the team this spring I didn’t look backwards that much, I tried to look forward so we can all learn from what happened. The lesson is simple: don’t take anything for granted and don’t expect things to happen just because you think they will.
Willie better hope that the Mets do not take anything for granted or else he will be the one jumping ship.
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