Jeff Wilpon recalled meeting his new manager late in 2006, at the Mets’ old complex in the Dominican Republic, on a day when Dominican icon — and Met, at that time — Pedro Martinez blessed the up-and-comers with his presence.
“Pedro would come by with his electric blue, Met blue car with electric orange seats,” the Mets’ COO told The Post on Friday at Citi Field, laughing. “All the kids wanted to see Pedro.”
Luis Rojas, at that time a 25-year-old coach who recently had been hired by general manager Omar Minaya, was less dazzled, if nonetheless excited.
“I knew Pedro when I was a teenager,” Rojas said, referring to when Martinez played on the Expos, managed by Rojas’ father, Felipe Alou. “I was at his locker all of the time.”
As always, only time will inform us whether the Mets made the right decision promoting their organizational soldier Rojas to replace the 0-0 Carlos Beltran, a casualty of Rob Manfred’s report on the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing. However, as the team introduced the 38-year-old Rojas at a press conference, let’s say this: The first feel-good ash just rose from this seismic scandal, courtesy of the Mets. Any old baseball…