Fraternization makes Mets' Randolph hostile

There are 20 comments on the Apr 18, 2008, Newsday story titled Fraternization makes Mets' Randolph hostile. In it, Newsday reports that:

This week's visit to Shea by the Nationals, a team managed by former Mets coach Manny Acta, again featured the kind of affection usually reserved for family reunions.

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Todd Schuster

New York, NY

#1 Apr 18, 2008
I agree with Willie. There's a time to fraternize & there's a time not to fraternize. Look at the Pro Bowlers Tour. Many times you'll see roommates bowl against each other. They're frienda away from the lanes, but once the lights are on, friendship goes out the window. You're out there going for the jugular. Same in other sports. There's plenty of time after the game outside the white lines to hang out with your enemies but not on the field, basketball court, football field, hockey rink, bowling alley, golf course et al.
Mel

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Apr 18, 2008
With many of the foreign-born players, fraternization is the norm. In fact, a Dominican-born player from one team will often talk and relate to a fellow countryman on another team - more than with many players on his own team. That's just the way it is with these guys. They haven't grown up being exposed to the history of the game, and for most Latin-born players, country seems to take precedence over team.
Dan

Canada

#3 Apr 18, 2008
Oh C'mon! I love Willie, but he's a tight-ass. "Blood-feuds?" Can we get serious? A player can't maintain his competitive edge if they chit chat a little before the game? A good player can focus when the time comes, and play to their best ability. This isn't the Capulets and the Montegues, it's baseball. Let's not be so precious.
thegreatone-99

Smithtown, NY

#4 Apr 18, 2008
Lighten up Willie and concentrate on winning because if the Mets are playing 500 ball come mid June. Bye-Bye Willie!
James

Baldwinsville, NY

#5 Apr 18, 2008
We live in different times. It seems sometimes that union participation and agent affiliation are more important than team. Willie knows it is a different time.
Ron from nj

Maplewood, NJ

#6 Apr 18, 2008
Well the way to do it is have people that are from the league office at every game and sitting in the stands writing a report on who does what and let Bob Watson or whomever give fines. If a player gets fined sure they are rich in most cases say its Nelson Figurora for example if he gets a fine he will fil it. vs a guy like Beltran.
marty

Ocala, FL

#7 Apr 18, 2008
Willie's just afraid that Acta will take his job.
Bob Southington CT

Newington, CT

#8 Apr 18, 2008
I love the tough talk from Wright, but honestly how many times did SNY show the clip of him smiling and bear hugging Lo Duca? That surely didn't look like saying hello and wanting to kick his butt. Lo Duca, the steroid abuser actually looked more professional, trying to keep his distance from Wright when DW came over with a ridiculous bear hug. If you're going to talk up a big game David make sure your actions speak the same language.
Jim

AOL

#9 Apr 18, 2008
I agree with Willie and Wright.
There's a right time for everything!
The union has brought guys from different teams closer as well as free agency.
Prof Frink

Bridgeport, CT

#10 Apr 18, 2008
Wright is 25 and he was in elementary school in 1986? Are there many 3 year olds in elementary school? God, I hate Newsday....
going your way

New York, NY

#11 Apr 18, 2008
The no fraternization rule is a silly rule. Once the game starts I have never seen anyone say or heard of anyone admit to thinking "gee that's my friend over there and I won't play well or as hard as I can because he's my friend". In fact, isn't it true that most of us deep down will try harder to beat a friend or someone you know so that you could have the biggest "bragging rights". The whole concept of no fraternization is arcane and out of the caveman era. What the league really want is the average fan to believe that the two teams really "hate each other's guts". It sells more tickets.
PJM

Newark, NJ

#12 Apr 18, 2008
This is a little ridiculous, what about showing sportsmanship? In football they beat the $hi+ out of each other then after the game shake hands and even kneel down and pray together. Maybe if the teams showed a little more sportsmanship they wouldn't throw the ball at each other or try and spike the SS or 2B , ala Shelly Duncan. I have no problem with knocking the catcher over if he is blocking the plate. Even hockey players shake hands after the playoffs are over. Which message do you want to send to our kids in Little League? Get over it Willie.
Heiney Burp

Englewood, CO

#13 Apr 18, 2008
Whoeverist mit gesichtspunkt Willies auf diesem thema ist ein arschloch anderer meinung und sie können gehen bumsen sich alle.
Hmmm

Mastic Beach, NY

#14 Apr 18, 2008
PJM wrote:
This is a little ridiculous, what about showing sportsmanship? In football they beat the $hi+ out of each other then after the game shake hands and even kneel down and pray together. Maybe if the teams showed a little more sportsmanship they wouldn't throw the ball at each other or try and spike the SS or 2B , ala Shelly Duncan. I have no problem with knocking the catcher over if he is blocking the plate. Even hockey players shake hands after the playoffs are over. Which message do you want to send to our kids in Little League? Get over it Willie.
Well said
Hmmm

Mastic Beach, NY

#15 Apr 18, 2008
Bob Southington CT wrote:
I love the tough talk from Wright, but honestly how many times did SNY show the clip of him smiling and bear hugging Lo Duca? That surely didn't look like saying hello and wanting to kick his butt. Lo Duca, the steroid abuser actually looked more professional, trying to keep his distance from Wright when DW came over with a ridiculous bear hug. If you're going to talk up a big game David make sure your actions speak the same language.
I agree - this makes Wright look more foolish than as if he claimed to have gotten out of a plane in Bosnia under sniper attack.
Jose

Warwick, NY

#16 Apr 18, 2008
Yeah who cares. The mets swept the nationals. On to Phillie.
Tiki

New York, NY

#17 Apr 18, 2008
Not only is this an Official MLB Rule but when you are competing against someone you need to keep your mental edge. Willie has won World Series rings (plural) as a player and as a coach, do you think he understands something about the "winning mentality"?
Last year when Julio Lugo came into the Mets clubhouse when they were playing Atlanta on National TV it was mentioned too.
Do you guys want to win or do you want to be nice and fuzzy with your opponents. Grow up, toughen up and get a win!
By Your Leave

Peekskill, NY

#18 Apr 18, 2008
Hey,Prof Frink, if you hate Newday that much...Why are you still reading it?
statement

United States

#19 Apr 18, 2008
The way players are traded today and play for many different teams it is hard to not have friends on various teams. These people are supposed to be professionals and should be able to separate their friendships when the game starts. If Willie wants to be a Tough guy" I would like to see him get in some umps face once in a while and back up the players on some of these blown calls.
The Real Mel

United States

#20 Apr 18, 2008
Tiki wrote:
Not only is this an Official MLB Rule but when you are competing against someone you need to keep your mental edge. Willie has won World Series rings (plural) as a player and as a coach, do you think he understands something about the "winning mentality"?
Last year when Julio Lugo came into the Mets clubhouse when they were playing Atlanta on National TV it was mentioned too.
Do you guys want to win or do you want to be nice and fuzzy with your opponents. Grow up, toughen up and get a win!
That was Julio Franco. Julio Lugo hates the Mets.

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