That was what Johan Santana told Jerry Manuel last night while shaking the baseball in his face when Manuel went to the mound to pull the Mets ace out of the game. Was there really any doubt?
During the post-game press conference, the Mets skipper told the media he did not know what he meant by that.
You have to worry about a manager that does not understand or know his players.
Since I love to explain the obvious, allow me.
Santana is a very proud man. Latinos are funny like that. Tellin him he’s done for that night is a knock to his ego. Santana is very good at what he does. He knows it, as well as the rest of the baseball world.
What else did he know?
The ace, the one guy on the Mets who can stop any skid the Mets are on, knew that he made a number of mistakes in the game. Four of them to be exact.
Yet, nobody cleans up after him. In his mind, he made the mess and he was going to see it through. Santana knew he could. There was still plenty left in the tank.
Personally, I agree with pulling him out. Some will disagree, but do you really want to risk him giving up another home run to another Phillie? I sure as heck would not.
I feel it was wrong for Santana to show up his manager. When asked about it, Santana had this to say:
“I just told him, I felt good.
“I’m (not) trying to show anybody up or anything. I had enough stuff to battle through it. But he thought different. He’s my skipper and I respect everything that he does.
“I’m a competitor.“
We know what you are capable of, Santana. We know that you will always want to stay out on the mound to help your team to win. You are “The Man” on this team.
You know all of this too. What you do not seem to know, is when to say when.