Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Good Decision, Bad Timing...Willie Randolph is Out
Today has been a weird day. When I woke up at 6:15, the power was out in my house. The weather has been going back and forth between blue skied and sunny to cloudy with the promise of rain. Last night, when I went to sleep, the Mets were winning 4-3 against the Angels in Anaheim. This morning, my dad woke me up to tell me that Willie Randolph (as well as Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto) had been fired and that Jerry Manuel was now the Manager. I was positive that meant that the team ended up losing last night then. "No, they won," my dad said. It was all a little strange and curious, but I didn't have to be up for work yet plus we didn't have power, so it wasn't like I could get on the internet and read opinion v. opinion v. opinion about what the hell went on last night at 12 am in Los Angeles.
When I did wake up, I was forced to listen to Craig Carton (oh, Boomer, why weren't you there today??) on the Fan. I slowly learned more about the goings from early this morning. Turns out, Willie was fired because of a press release (not directly because of a press release of course). Metsblog.com is reporting that management released the news so that Omar would have to fire him that night. This then, led to the end of the Willie Randolph Era, in a hotel room. However, Fred Wilpon is quoted as saying that the firing was all on Omar, because it is his team. Oh, who to believe...
Either way, why fire him after a win? Furthermore, why fire him after a win when they made him fly all the way to California for that win, when they easily could have fired him last Saturday or Sunday, or even on Thursday, the upcoming off-day? I agree that it was time for a change. It just seems like every ring in this Media Circus has made a mockery of a team that doesn't necessarily need to be made into more of a mockery. Just because I believe that he was not the right manager for the team does not mean that I don't like Willie. I definitely do and I feel badly for him. He got the shaft big time.
Meanwhile, the baseball world is salivating at the Conspiracy Theories: why was Sandy Alomar, Sr. the only coach not fired (and a Latino) - to run the show and the bad-mouthing of the team: New York Post's Mike Vaccaro calls last night, ‘A midnight massacre,’ which he describes as, ‘Disgraceful,’ and ‘Unspeakable,’ while asking, “Is this the best the Mets can do? Is this really what they are about? Can they really consider themselves a professional operation when they do the simplest task in sports, firing the manager, this wretchedly?"
So, there you have it. Out with the old, I guess.
Keep your eyes open for my look at the new guys and what they'll bring to the team.