Mets manager Willie Randolph received an honorary degree from Fordham University Saturday and gave the commencement address to the graduating class.
Randolph’s daughter Ciara was one of the 4,780 members of the Class of 2007.
Willie scooted out of the Bronx shortly after his speech so he could manage the Mets afternoon victory over the Bronx Bummers at Shea.
"Don't ever stop reaching for what you believe in life," Willie told the graduating seniors. “As a youngster growing up in the projects in New York, I faced many challenges in pursuing my dreams. I grew up in a tough neighborhood. I grew up around alcohol and gangs, but I had people who cared about me and helped me set my compass in the right direction and achieve my dreams.
“I never gave up; if I’d given up, I’d never be at Shea Stadium. If I’d listened to critics along the way, who knows where I’d have wound up. Keep fighting back like I did. Quitting is the easy way out. Whatever your goals in life, it is imperative that you stay focused, determined.”
Reportedly, Carl Pavano has enrolled to be a member of Fordham University, Class of 2011.
Congratulations to the Randolph family.