Willie: No Longer a Met, Always a Yankee

Because Willie Randolph is a beloved New York Yankee, because he was a favorite player of two moderators here at YFSF, because he is a native New Yorker, because you just don’t send someone 3000 miles to Disneyland to fire him when you could have axed him before the unneccessary trip, I feel it is my duty to tell Omar Minaya that he has done wrong. But Mike Vaccaro does a better job:

  They need to be humiliated.

What a crowd these bums are, all of them, from the Wilpons at the
top to Omar Minaya down below, all of them who conspired to botch this
firing worse than any firing has ever been botched. Ever. You wouldn’t
trust these guys to run a 7-11, let alone a National League baseball
team. What a joke. What a cowardly, dastardly joke.

  A midnight massacre.

  A three-a.m. thrashing.

  Disgraceful. Utterly, completely, disgraceful.

This is not a Yankee thing at all, but today is going to be one those great New York City sports radio days. I’ll be in a classroom all day, but I hope some people have their radios tuned. This should be a fun day for the Mets PR team.

11 comments… add one
  • What were they trying to miss the morning papers? Pretty ugly. Just about every serious baseball mind I know thought the Mets were a flawed construction, and that’s Minaya’s fault, not Willie’s. I don’t watch enough Mets baseball to know how good/bad Willie is as a tactician, but this has the whiff of scapegoat all over it. My impression is that the major carp with Randolph is that the team was “listless” under his command. But that’s the kind of subjective, unquantifiable measure that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Were they “listless” because of his management, or because of a weak pen, a short rotation, and a dearth of hitting after the 5 hole? When you’re going bad, a team is “listless.” When you’re going well, the same leadership is “calm” and positive (see Torre, Joe).
    When you don’t have the horses, you don’t have the horses.

    Mark Lamster June 17, 2008, 8:52 am
  • I had posted this up top, now have to take it down, Nick beat me to the punch. Anyway, my take, from a SF perspective:
    Well, the Mets waited until after a late Sunday road trip 3000 miles west and then a late night victory to fire their manager, three wins in four apparently not enough to quell the front office displeasure with their skipper’s work. Is it any wonder that the Mets are afforded second-class citizenship in New York City? Their treatment of Randolph this season has been nothing short of crude, and the manner in which they have released him from service follows suit. Shame on the Wilpons, Omar Minaya (nice bullpen he assembled, eh?), and the rest of the front office crew at Shea. Boo.

    SF June 17, 2008, 9:02 am
  • It was awful. He might’ve made questionable moves in the past, but this season was not his fault.. Bah.
    Wagner himself blown 3 saves in the last week or so which would’ve put them in okay company. Ah well.

    Lar June 17, 2008, 9:44 am
  • Let me also suggest that after this, the long honeymoon of Omar Minaya is now over; if the Mets don’t produce in the relatively near future. He’s going to be gone. I imagine there will be plenty of Cashman talk, what with his contract expiring. Minaya’s Latin outreach program has been a real PR winner, and i think it’s innoculated him a bit in the press. But now he’s fired a black manager in a pretty shoddy manner. The bloom is pretty well off his rose. I don’t think there’s going to be too much leeway in the future.

    YF June 17, 2008, 10:27 am
  • I luxuriate in the ineptitude of the New York Mets.
    My joy – in this latest manifestation of pure Met-ness – is hugely tempered by the fact that Willie Randolph is on the receiving end. Here’s a class guy who, as pointed out this morning on ESPN radio has the second highest winning percentage of all Met managers in history.
    I don’t like the bloodsport of seeing people – even those who I don’t like – publicly humiliated. So to see it happen to Willie is particularly sad.
    The NY Knick handling of the Isaiah Thomas situation last year and the NY Met handling of the Randolph situation these past few weeks are reflective of two tremendously dysfunctional management structures here in NY. The Yankee handling of the Torre situation last year, which many derided, is not even in the same ballpark in my view.

    IronHorse (yf) June 17, 2008, 10:31 am
  • I don’t like the bloodsport of seeing people – even those who I don’t like – publicly humiliated. So to see it happen to Willie is particularly sad.
    Driving home from out of town this weekend I was subject to (or, I subjected myself to) some sports radio, and both callers and hosts were suggesting that the Mets fire Willie Randolph BETWEEN doubleheader games, just to prove a point. As if humiliating a classy guy like Randolph beyond the humiliation of being fired wasn’t enough in and of itself. The idea that a professional organization should so violently dismiss their leader (between games!) in such shameless, insulting fashion made me laugh. But last night was a close second – getting Randolph to fly west after a doubleheader, have him manage the team in the first game of the trip (a win!) and THEN the hatchet falls. Utterly embarrassing and unprofessional. Is it any shock that Jeff Wilpon is (probably) the guy who ordered that Scott Kazmir be sent packing for a sack of potatoes? I came to be something of a secondary-level Mets fan over the course of my 15 years in New York (rooting for them in the days of Pulsipher, Wilson, and Isringhausen was fun – they were terrible but at least youthful and a bit wild, and there weren’t Sox games to see every day – no internet like we have now), but Wilpon and Minaya have made themselves (and the team by extension) into something quite unlikable.

    SF June 17, 2008, 10:41 am
  • Did the Mets seriously think that the media would jump on them less if they did this in California in the middle of the night?
    I don’t actually care that much how or when a firing happens — it’s never going to be nice.
    But it’s pretty dumb, as far as media management goes, to think that this timing would spare them heat. Just the opposite.

    Hudson June 17, 2008, 2:51 pm
  • P.S. It should be noted that the firing was around 3 am East Coast time. It was about midnight on the West Coast when Randolph was fired.
    So complaints about 3 a.m. really refer to the media’s irritation at not being able to get the story in today’s paper.
    But again, the main result will be that Wilpon et al. will be twice as savaged tomorrow morning (already are getting pretty roughed up at the online versions of the Daily Snooze, New York Pest, et al.).

    Anonymous June 17, 2008, 5:46 pm
  • So complaints about 3 a.m. really refer to the media’s irritation at not being able to get the story in today’s paper.
    Should the media not be irritated? It seems the Mets chose to do something at a time when the reporters would be least able to report to the team’s fans a significant move by the team. The reporters have every right to be irritated, and every right to call the team out on that. It’s a dirtbag thing to do — to Randolph, and to the fans.

    Paul SF June 17, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Been away from any computer for the past few days. I listened to exactly 10 minutes of WFAN on Tuesday, just to get a feel for the carnage. I had places to be, but even if I had the afternoon free I couldn’t have taken any more of it.
    I feel disgusted and outraged at this fiasco, but mostly just in principle. Really, this year has just made this MetsFan weary and numb from the ordeal. I feel like I should muster up more indignation about it, but the past year has just been too depressing.

    Anonymous June 18, 2008, 11:20 am
  • That was me.

    FenSheaParkway June 18, 2008, 11:32 am

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