By Mike Steffanos
I remembered to turn on WFAN at 5 for the Willie Randolph report. After the usual sarcastic introduction from the pompous Francesa, his partner began the weekly grilling process. There was some interesting back and forth over such things as Willie choosing to use Wagner yesterday, Beltran not wanting to take the curtain call after his home run and whether Willie thought Anderson Hernandez would hit enough to keep the second base job.
Then, when Chris Russo demanded to know why Victor Zambrano was starting over Steve Trachsel tomorrow, Willie told him that Trachsel was the fifth starter. Russo gets all worked up over Zambrano being ahead of Trachsel, and Willie more or less tells him that he knows the team better than Russo, and to f**k off. Good stuff for Willie, last year he seemed a little intimidated by these guys, now he more or less tells them to kiss his ass.
We can debate whether Zambrano should be ahead of Trachsel -- I have no problem with it, but I know some will. What was far more interesting to me, however -- and MATMD both missed it -- is the faith shown in Brian Bannister by saying Trachsel is the fifth starter. For a kid that was supposed to be in Triple-A this year, and doesn't have dominating stuff, I found this very interesting. Too bad the two bozos were more interested in attacking Zambrano rather than asking this important question.