Well about 12 hours after it all happened, I’m finally able to bring myself to comment of the end of the disastrous saga that was ongoing with the Mets.
Around 3:15 EST this morning, Omar Minaya played “grim reaper” giving news to Willie Randolph, Rick Peterson and Tom Nieto that they were no longer part of the organization.
Now I’ll try to break this down mainly on Willie’s part. I find it a little ridiculous that he had to go all the way out to California and be told once he got back to the hotel after a game which the team won. Also I find it a little bizarre that now after winning three of four, and with the loss being in a game the team fought back, that he’s getting the axe.
All this craziness started back in May when the team started slipping with the series against the Nationals, followed by an awful series with the Braves and a tough time in Colorado. After bouncing back following the original meeting with the Wilpons, the Mets once again stumbled in San Diego, with the bullpen losing three of the four games.
With returning home, it could be argued that Mets could’ve won all six games. The bullpen blew the first game, Wagner blew the second loss and then in the first game on Sunday’s doubleheader they left a ton of runners on base in a comeback that came up short.
It’s unfortunate that Willie lost his job for his players fully underachieving. I feel that with all that happened last September, the majority of this team quit on Willie. I’m not gonna sit here and call out certain guys, but there was too much of senseless baseball going on from a team that uses to show a lot of energy.
Willie leaves with a 302-253 record, including the best season record since 1986. Much criticism came to Willie that he wasn’t “lighting a fire” under this team, but I feel Willie was very good in reaching out to his players, I just think this team absolutely gave up on him as their guy.
Jerry Manuel will take over on an interim basis. Manuel was AL Manager of the Year in 2000 while with the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox also had the best record in baseball that season. It’s hard to think that there will be anything different with handling this team with Manuel running things, as he’s always seemed a lot like Willie. We’ll see, only time will tell.
I feel bad for Willie, I really do. But Willie is gonna be okay. After some time home with family, he’ll start feeling better about himself, especially with getting away from this mess. But Mets fans, I don’t know if I can say we’ll be okay. This organization has baffled me so many times in my lifetime, and I’m only 20. I thought we were passed these poor handled moves from the front office, but it’s clear that’s not the case. I’m not saying this season is over, but there’s still a cloud around this team. It’s hard for me to say we’re past the worst from the 25 guys who wear the uniform.
The Mets and Yankees were rained out of their first meeting in the 2008 Subway Series. While it was a dreadful in New York all day, life within the Mets stayed negative even without a game.
The media was swarming in the clubhouse, there was a team meeting and the “Willie on the hot seat” rumors were at an all time high. It was a weird day, and if you’re a Mets fan, it was a day you didn’t necessarily want to go through.
I’ll start with the team meeting, which I’ll quickly push aside. I’ve seen this same song and dance from the Mets. They did this two or three times last season, and it basically did nothing. After Billy Wagner’s comments yesterday, maybe there is a rift in the clubhouse, but who cares? I don’t need all 25 guys to be one big, happy family. I expect them to walk out onto that field ready to play hard as a team. So therefore, the team meetings are whatever to me, and truthfully, someone needs to step up and lead this team on the field.
Next, the media circus. Obviously with the Subway Series it’s a big deal, but I felt today it was more of a trial from the media. Is there a problem in the clubhouse? Is Willie losing the players? Is Willie’s job in danger? Can this be turned around? Question after question, to almost everyone. For the most part, they handled it well. I’m kinda caught between a rock and a hard place with the media coverage. Mainly because I’m studying to begin a career in that very profession, but at the same time I’m a fan, and sometimes I think it’s way over done. But man, there is nothing good to talk about with this group today, therefore it was tough to take it all in as a fan.
And then of course Willie Randolph. He was getting
the most questions today. His appearance on Mike and the Mad Dog was a good one. You could tell he was a bit annoyed, and in a way I was glad to hear it. He clearly has taken some offense to the criticism and to the booing, but he seems to realize it’s gonna come. But Willie’s right, and I brought it up in my post yesterday, he has indeed done some very good things with this team since coming here (i.e. Willie Ball) and he shouldn’t be questioned on the fact that he’s giving his best to this team. Now should he be fired? I don’t know. I don’t wanna say yes, because I can’t necessarily say he’s failed yet. But I can’t say no way. I still have a window for Willie Randolph managing this team, and as long as he’s my manager, I have to trust that he will bring us to where we want to see our team.
Honestly, it was a brutally exhausting day as a Mets fan. So much negativity swarming this team and it’s hard to avoid it. By mid-afternoon I had to turn my radio off, step away from the internet and just go about my day until the game- which maybe being rained out was a good thing. I hope that come tomorrow morning we can all breathe and enjoy a baseball game.
The Mets will be sending Johan Santana to the hill, only now to be taking on Andy Pettite. I’ll be checking in sometime before the game, so until then.