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Jerry Manuel is the Yoda to Willie Randolph’s Stormtrooper

Regardless of how the Mets fare this upcoming season, you'll never hear their fans begging for Willie Randolph to come back.  His stoic demeanor, lifeless tone and cliche responses never meshed well with a fanbase looking to see some fire, or at the very least, a personality.  His replacement, Jerry Manuel, has been quite the Yoda to Willie's Stormtrooper.

Here's a look at some gems from the wise one so far this season.  We've gone ahead and added what Willie probably would've said.

Jerry Manuel on baseball bouncing back:

"It's a game populated by human beings," Manuel says.  "And so when you remember that, and you remember that human beings err, and they err a lot, then sometimes you're going to have things that happen to the game that nobody wants to see.  But baseball . . . she always finds a way to bounce back, from anything.  She's strong that way.  She's tough.  She's a fighter."

Willie Randolph translation:

"These guys are baseball players.  They will keep playing baseball."


Jerry Manuel again on baseball getting through the A-Rod mess:

"It brings clouds to the game, but there's not much rain in them clouds.  It's stormy, cloudy, but then if it does rain, we play games in the rain.  If it's a rain delay or whatever, come back and finish the game.  Baseball is very, very strong, very powerful, very
powerful in itself."

Willie Randolph translation:

"Baseball is still great."


Jerry Manual on the Jose Reyes lineup switch:

"I love the energy that Jose Reyes brings, but I don't always like the anxiety that goes with that energy sometimes," Manuel said.  "The game is played at a jazz tune, but he's running on a hip-hop level.  He still can hit the beat at the right time here and there, but I want him to be the best jazz player he could possibly be."

Willie Randolph translation:

"I've spoken with Jose and he needs to keep playing baseball.  Let's just leave it at that."