http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/424159p-357899c.htmlWhether Lastings Milledge displayed youthful enthusiasm or bad sportsmanship - or both - when he high-fived fans down the right-field line Sunday became a national sports-talk topic yesterday.
And regardless of any backlash, Milledge isn't convinced he did anything wrong while celebrating his first big-league homer. Asked if he stood behind his postgame comments Sunday - when he called his actions after homering against Armando Benitez with two outs in the 10th to prolong the game a "rookie mistake" - Milledge said he did not.
"No, I really don't," said Milledge, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI last night. "You know what? It happened. If it all replayed again, you know what, I don't regret one thing I did. As far as showing up somebody, it might look like that. But I'm not here to show up anybody, because I haven't done anything here at the big-league level. ... Did it look like it? Maybe it did. But I didn't have any intentions of showing anybody up. I wanted the fans to enjoy the home run with me, and enjoy the moment. It was a one-time thing. That's what I wanted to do. I did it. Let's move on from it.
"I decided to show the fans love. They pay my salary. It's becoming a big thing. I don't think it's like I shot somebody or something. You know what? It's good for the fans. And the fans will always remember it. And I'll always remember it."
The rookie said his parents even approved of his actions. Willie Randolph expressed disapproval Sunday, but suggested yesterday the whole event has been blown out of proportion. Teammates apparently had Milledge reenact the high-fives on the flight to the West Coast after the game. "He just hit his first home run. He got a little excited about it," Randolph said. "I didn't chastise him. I didn't yell at him. I just very quietly whispered in his ear a few things and that's it. He understood that."