Most of the feats we've seen Lastings Milledge accomplish in his first few days in the bigs could be taken as establishing his promise. And by any measure, he's one promising kid.
But the way he talked about his home run last night off of Jae Seo suggests that, rather than a promising kid having a promising cup of coffee, Milledge might be ready to play in the big leagues for good.
In his previous at-bat, Milledge struck out looking at an inside fastball, and he had a hunch that Seo would come back to that pitch. Milledge took a first-pitch strike, then clobbered that inside fastball deep over the left-center field wall. "I was sitting on it the whole way," Milledge said.
Milledge also said about the same thing on Mets Extra after the game -- that he figured Seo would return to the pitch that got him out in the last at-bat, but he didn't know when the pitch would come, so he sat back and waited for it. Now, this kind of bandwagon-jumping is always dangerous, and we've only seen a tiny sample of Milledge in the major leagues. But this kind of ability to make adjustments, to adapt within the game and anticipate the opposing pitcher, is a baseball cliche for a reason, and to me this shows some hope that Milledge may be ready to play every day. What do you think?