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Gary Carter doesn't understand why people are upset with him
Willie Randolph will be at the All-Star Game tonight, as George Steinbrenner's guest. So maybe this will be a good time for Gary Carter to track down Willie, to apologize for the fiasco from Memorial Day weekend.
"I have one number of his, and it keeps getting the same message, that the Verizon party is not available," Carter said this morning, at a news conference featuring about 30 Hall of Fame member. "He doesn't have a voice mail on it. What can I say?"
Carter, the manager of the Orange County Flyers, kept claiming that he did nothing wrong. I attempted to call his bluff, to explain to him why people were so turned off by what he did. But I'm pretty certain I failed.
I told him that I thought it it was "unseemly" to lobby for another person's job. To say that he could show up at Shea Stadium at a moment's notice.
Carter responded that he simply wanted people to know that he was available, and he added, "My name was being mentioned on ESPN. It was being talked about. Thats it. How can you not be interested in something thats being talked about. There was no malicious intent.
"He was the manager. I simply made the comment, 'I'm available. I dont think there was any harm intended.'"
It's true that the Sirius Satellite Radio people asked Carter if he would be interested, and that's on them. Because anyone with an ounce of knowledge understood that Carter wasn't so much as a longshot candidate to replace Randolph. He had a zero percent chance of getting the job.
I asked Carter if he could appreciate the notion of intent vs. impact. That, even if he meant no harm, he created a great deal of it.
"Obviously, I think what was transpiring was they were trying to take the heat off of Willie at the time and throw me under the bus," Carter said.
"They" meaning the media, I asked, or the Mets?
"The Mets," he said. "Don't you think?"
I laughed. "You did change the conversation," I said.
"Well, there you go," he said. He implied that Keith Hernandez might have been pushed by team management to rip Carter. I disagree with that; Hernandez hates Carter plenty on his own.
In any case, Carter said, "Thats behind. I have made my apologies. Ive done everyting possible. ...But you know what? Im happy where Im at. Ill finish off this season. If nothing materializes, Ill go play golf. Ill see where it goes."