If you picked the above combination, congrats. You've won this round of "Clue: Incompetent Manager Edition." I, myself, had predicted "In New York...On Memorial Day...After a loss." Whoops.
Now, the Mets are probably going to get burned at the stake by the hysterical frothing imbeciles on WFAN for the way they handled this. Yeah, it was kind of cowardly, they should've done it in New York, Willie's a class act who deserved a little better, blah-dee-dee-blah-blah-blah... Listen folks, he was given a three-and-a-half year shot here, he's made a ton of money, and he's going to be making a ton more while sitting on his ass and watching TVLand for the next few months. In fact, I'm sure he'll land on "Baseball Tonight" in the next week or so, or perhaps as Joe Torre's assistant nose-picker in L.A. (hey...he's already on the West Coast this morning). So, don't shed too many tears for Willie. My feeling is, this should've been done about a month ago (if not nine months ago), so to get all in a tizzy about how, when, and where they did it is really pointless. After what happened last year and the first half of this year, we all wanted accountability. Well, now we've got it.
Some have recently put all the blame for these past few months on Omar, and I do agree this roster is flawed - the bench stinks, the Castillo contract was insanity, and he relied too heavily on some of these old mummies - but listen: A roster that has David Wright, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, Carlos Delgado and John Maine CANNOT be under .500 in a bad league for a YEAR. No way, no how. Willie has to take a hit for that, he absolutely has to.
Now, as you know, I've been a card-carrying member of the Fire Willie Club this season, but I have no illusions about Jerry Manuel being the second coming of Gil Hodges over here. Look, this season is more than likely kaput, so let him run out the string. If they make an astonishing 1999-esque run to the playoffs, great! Everyone wins. Give him another shot in 2009. If not, you've got all kinds of interesting possibilities for next year, starting with Ken Oberkfell. (I've heard good things).
A few random additional thoughts:
1) We have a manager named "Jerry"! We have a manager named "Jerry"! The Seinfeld jokes will be in abundance, rest assured. Let's get this guy
, this guy
and this guy
to coach, and we'll be all set.
2) In view of Willie's departure, soon you will all be enjoying a new banner by our master photoshop artiste, Tom. I wish I had those skills (or that software). Nice work.
3) So, the two
principals from the Subway Sandwich ad that spawned the name of this site (and my blogger handle) are now both gone from New York. However, I will not be changing the name of this site. For the good of Mets fans, humankind, and Jared
, some things must not be forgotten.
4) "I trust my guys." I just had to hear it one last time.
I shall close today by giving you a sneak preview of what you will be hearing on the radio about three hours from now:MD: Aaaaaaaaaaaaand
, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY!!! HOW ARE YOU TODAAAAY!?! Mike and the Mad Dog with you on the FAN, Victor and the clowns up in YES...A lot to do today, good afternoon there, Michael, how are you?MF:
I'm fine, Dawg.MD:
And obviously we'll start with the Willie Randolph situation, Mike, and I'm sorry...You cannot fire Willie Randolph the way the Mets did here. You just can't do it! I mean, what are the Mets doin' here? What are they doin'?!? You're gonna fire your manager at three o'clock in the morning after a WIN
? I mean, this is just a disgrace!MF:
The Mets completely botched this. The Mets completely
botched this. That's all there is to it. I mean, they completely mishandled this situation from day one. This is a guy who's well-respected. Has a great reputation. And the way they handled this is just a disgrace. It's a disgrace. It really is. It's a disgrace. It's a disgrace, that's all there is to it. They completely mishandled and botched this situation.[Repeat above dialogue for 5 hours]
There. Now I've saved you all the trouble of having to tune in. You can thank me later.