Other than the daily hot dog from Giles Custard Stand, that is.
Newsday’s Ken Davidoff reported yesterday that former Mets manager Davey Johnson claims to be unaware of the club’s plans to honor the 1986 World Champions.
There has been some sort of miscommunication going on between Davey Johnson and the Mets. When the manager of the 1986 club was asked if he will attend the well-publicized Shea Stadium reunion, he appeared mystified.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Johnson said Friday at Chase Field. “Nobody’s talked to me.”
Johnson is most definitely invited to the Aug. 19 get-together, Mets vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz assured Newsday. But the Mets’ manager from 1984 to 1990 didn’t seem particularly excited about attending the event anyway.
Now 63, out of big-league managing since 2000, Johnson is Buck Martinez’s bench coach for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. And starting Aug. 25, he’ll manage the national team (consisting of players not on clubs’ big-league rosters) in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Cuba. His calendar, therefore, doesn’t match up ideally with the Mets’ reunion.
“I’m sure that I’ll have the team, and we’ll be training in Florida before we go over,” Johnson said.
A salute to the 1986 club wouldn’t be complete without Johnson, who never has enjoyed a moment in the sun for leading that remarkable group. For someone who managed four teams to a combined five playoff appearances – he last commanded the 2000 Dodgers – Johnson has largely vanished from the baseball radar. He sounds fine with that.
Asked if he would like to manage again in the major leagues, Johnson replied, “Not really. You never say never, but I’m kind of, I guess, old school. I don’t feel old school, but I guess I’m old school.”
Davidoff’s colleague, David Lennon writes this morning that Carlos Delgado, who didn’t play in yesterday’s Puerto Rico/Mets exhibition, might miss the World Baseball Classic due to tendinitis in his left elbow.