I have to say, Johan Santana made an idiot of himself by calling out Daniel Murphy putting the blame on him in front of the media. I mean, I know he’s ticked that he lost the game, but it happens.
Luis Castillo pulled a Bill Buckner by letting a ball go through his legs. How about some scalding hot words for him?
In case you missed it, here’s what happened.
In the bottom of the second inning, Cody Ross of the Florida Marlins hit a pop fly to left field. It’s a routine catch-the-ball play. Murphy dropped the ball.
It happens. I agree with Jerry Manuel when he said that it could happen to anybody.
What Santana needs to remember is that Murphy is still wet behind the ears. It was not intentional. Here’s what the ace had to say as put in the NY Daily News:
“It’s one mistake that he made. It cost us the whole ballgame, but it’s part of the game…I’m pretty sure he’ll be back and try to do better.
“…and I’m pretty sure (Murphy) was trying his best there and it didn’t work out.“
You’re “pretty sure”? Are you kidding me? The kid has been trying so hard, probably the hardest out of everybody, working his butt off.
Now I know you were all screaming at the tv set yesterday saying, “How do you drop the ball? It’s a routine play.” I said the same thing. It still does not give Santana the right to put him on blast. I’m sure Murphy was kicking himself hard enough.
Here’s what he had to say about the play:
“I was lazy to the ball and I got exposed for it. I didn’t get back, and I got exposed and cost us two and that really put us in a hole.“
He knows it is a play that he has to make. He didn’t. It’s over. Get over it. I just do not see why Santana could not take the approach David Wright did:
“Everybody has been there, and that didn’t cost us the game.“
For crying out loud, Santana. You are supposed to pick your players up, not tear them down. How quickly we forget all of the home runs you have given up that has cost the Mets games last year. Do not get me started!
You are a leader of the team. Act like one! Five year olds point fingers saying, “He did it. It’s his fault.” Not aces!
Remember Santana, when you point one finger, three are still pointing back at you.
Oh and one more thing, Murphy gave you your first win this year at Cincinnati.