Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Like School on Sunday

Only the Mets could ruin what should've been a wonderfully happy day by acting like gutless cowards.

Why make Willie Randolph, Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto leave New York for a West Coast swing only to fire them one day into the trip - after a win, no less? The Mets had to have known they were going to fire the trio after Sunday's doubleheader; why make the three men travel nearly 3,000 miles just to give them a pink slip? This couldn't have been done while Randolph, Peterson and Nieto were in New York with their families? Why fire Peterson (who wasn't even a Randolph hire) and Nieto at all? I'm sure all these questions will be asking during the 5pm press conference, and I'm equally sure that the Mets won't have a good answer for them.

I've been waiting for this day for 3 1/2 years, and now I'm actually more sympathetic to the shoddy treatment Randolph and his coaches were subjected to then I am relieved by his dismissal. It's disturbing and it's classless and it's one more reason to reconsider my allegiance to this team. More analysis later today; for now I'm just going to stew on how disappointed I am in Fred Wilpon and Omar Minaya.


tim said...

Agreed. Omar is on the clock.

MP said...

What a fucking joke. I just ordered my Kazmir jersey and Hudson Valley Renegades season tix.

John Peterson said...

"it's one more reason to reconsider my allegiance to this team"

What? Commie, we will have no defections.

Judge Roughneck said...

Haha, I'm sorry comrade, I will not speak of such things again!

I've been threatening for years, but I don't think I have it in me to just leave it all behind.

tim said...

Really? How could you justify it? You are a Ranger fan as well, they've one only once in your lifetime yet you root for them with the same fervor. Although, I think Christine would think it was hot if you were a commie, eventhough Joe would get all upset because he's a facsist.

Joeywalnuts said...

First off, I'm not a fascist and i don't hate you T-bone. I make it a point to love those who hate themselves.

On to more pressing matters, this was text book Mets; trying so hard not to offend, the do so anyway, and at the cost of meaningful games.

Think about it. They wouldn't lay the ax down on Father's day for obvious reasons, (though personally, I don't see the big whoop...might as well be another Boxing Day for all I care), so instead, they deceide to wait till Monday. But, wanting to get something for their first class ticket, they have him manage the game. Altough they won both, they were still ready to sacrifice meaningful games with a manager who they have already concured can't cut it.

Then they come of looking like baboons anyway, buy releasing a statement at 3AM NY time. Were they cagey enough in their thinking? By the time it makes the papers back home, it will already be 24 hours old and the story will be Celtics-Lakers by then? Probably not. Just cowards in the night and Ricky Stratton Wilpon had the flash light.

Graying Mantis said...

Perhaps it is me, but I think the media circus was repulsive. The Mets handled this so badly that Willie's firing had become a foregone conclusion in the media.

Also, I think it is insensitive to have Willie travel to the West Coast, where they win a gutsy game and play like that they haven't given up (including another decent starting pitching performance), while Omar publicly travels there as well and then fires everyone after the game.

I understand Omar did the dirty deed in L.A. of Anaheim (or is it Anaheim of L.A.) to shelter his ass and the team from media scrutiny by being 3,000 miles away. But that was cowardly on Omar's part nonetheless. Fire those guys after Sunday's game -- they were heading out on a plane right after that doubleheader.

I think this rings of the inept tin-ear management style of Jeff Wilpon. Omar (Jeff's personal Isaiah) will be gone by October 15 and no one will shed a tear for him except for the overpaid, unathletic washed up players like Castillo and Delgado who are getting like over a million dollars for each routine play they don't screw up.

Even I thought a change was needed. But timing is everything. If you are going to celebrate the arrivals of big names in NYC, then you should man up and admit your mistakes. We have seen Omar's true colors. I'd not want him in a foxhole with me.

And he is getting raked over the coals on WFAN proving that he is an idiot.

Judge Roughneck said...

Well put Gray. Omar took it on the chin today.

tim said...

I think we can all agree on two things:

1. Randolph should have been fired on the off day following the San Diego sweep, and that Omar and the Wilpons looked foolish.

2. Joey niether hates me or loves me. I'm in limbo over here.

Brian said...

Limbo, or Timbo?

Yep, that is how I choose to finally join the conversation on Jack's blog.