Note to all Mets personnel: Do NOT mess with Jerry Manuel. He’s a bad dude. Gangster, in fact.
Manuel met resistance from a helmet-tossing Jose Reyes on Tuesday night, when the shortstop’s left hamstring tightened and he didn’t want to leave the game. Reyes eventually headed for the showers, and shortly afterward apologized to Manuel for the well-intentioned insubordination.
“I told him next time he does that I’m going to get my blade out and cut him. I’m a gangster. You go gangster on me, I’m going to have to get you. You do that again, I’m going to cut you right on the field,” quipped Manuel, who reinserted Reyes at shortstop and the leadoff spot for last night’s series finale against the Angels.
Well, that’s certainly a different approach than Willie’s Torre-esque stoicism. Most pundits said Manuel’s style is too similar to Willie’s style and the team was looking for a spark, someone who’d give the team a kick in the rear. Maybe Manuel IS that guy. Or just playing the role…