Wednesday, June 18, 2008

At Least We Aren't Mets Fans

I don't write at Metsblog.com. Hell, I don't even read Metsblog.com. So I might not be the right person to comment on the state of the Mets. But the Phils got shutout, I need something to make me feel better this morning, and there is nothing like basking in the glow of some New York failure to accomplish that. So, about the Mets...

The way Omar Minaya leading the Mets is making Ed Wade look good. First, how did Willie Randolph last this long? After the collapse last season, he should have been fired this spring. Like Willie Mays Hayes, he should have woke up one morning in a cot outside the fence while the rest of the Mets were inside running sprints. They had plenty of reason to fire him this season, too. The team stinks, Willie's is blasting the TV station for being racist, etc. But instead, Minaya waited, and waited, and waited...

Then, at like 3:00 AM on Tuesday, hours after the Mets beat the Angels and just a day after Randolph flew across the country to start a road trip, Minaya pulls the trigger. About the timing? In a Daily News article, "Minaya suggested that had he waited until a normal hour Tuesday to fire Randolph, word would have leaked to the press and Randolph would have found out elsewhere." A leak at 3 AM? Who conducts business at 3:00 AM besides hookers and Pacman Jones?

Minaya also said, "The reason it was handled quickly was out of respect for Willie." Quickly? The same Daily News article notes that, "On May 23, Minaya arrived in Colorado to "support" Randolph. The manager joked then that Minaya had arrived with a machete." So Willie knew three weeks ago he was going to get canned, but Minaya let him take a 6 hour plane ride to California, coach a single game, fire him in the early hours of the morning, then comment on the "quickness" and "respect" of the firing. Classy, Omar. Classy. Good luck Jerry Manuel.

I shouldn't be too hard on Omar Minaya though. He built this mess so he's the next to go. David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran (underperforming and owed $18.5 mil per year throught 2001...) are great players, but Luis Castillo is a few infield singles from being Abe Nunez and Carlos Delgado can only hit Jamie Moyer. And when you have to start Inning-Endy Chavez, Marlon Anderson, and Fernando Tatis in the same game, your team has issues. Johan Santana has been good, but not $137 million good. Maine and Pelfrey have been respectable, but Ollie Perez is back to being Ollie Perez after a one year hiatus. And are they really counting on Pedro Martinez? Oh yeah, and the bullpen sucks. Bottom line, unless Jerry Manuel works some 2000 Manager of the Year magic, Minaya could be getting a 3:00 AM phone call from Fred Wilpon...

So, how did the first day of the Jerry Manuel Era go?


Beautiful.

Corey

15 comments:

Corey said...

The Mendoza Watch cannot be removed after an 0-4...

GM-Carson said...

Freakin' Howard!

C.M.R. said...

ryan howard struck out 4 times, give him another wheelbarrow full of money!

better yet send him back to dunder mifflin.

GM-Carson said...

The Ryan Howard from Dunder Mifflin got arrested on the season finale for illegal practices in the market, also he's hooked on drugs. So 4 whiffs in the same game doesn't seem so bad in comparison.

I still can't believe we've got 2 Manuels managing in the same division now...scary.

Boogerking said...

Yo,got the message and I'll continue to look for your daily Phils articles here.I'm sad to see Randolph go.He was making our division so much easier by turning a fairly good roster into a laughing stock.I agree, don't see how it took this long to fire him.However,NY fans are apparently blaming Minaya and the players for underperforming and claiming that Randolph was made a scapegoat for the lousy showing this year.This year!?!?!?How 'bout last year?How does adding Santana actually make your team worse?Willie Randolph didn't have a clue how to manage that club.

goDuke said...

See that... I tried to warn you... the mere mention of removal of the Mendoza Watch spurred this. It must stay all season long... just to keep him on the ball. Burrell's gonna have a big game today... for no reason other then I say so... you're my boy Burrell... don't let me down!

furiousBall said...

can't believe Ryan's 4 Ks.

Richard Jennings said...

Willie - Lots of high paying jobs if you know where to look -

http://www.realmatch.com
http://www.monster.com
http://www.simplyhired.com

$75K, $100K, $150K .....Lots of jobs!

GreggyD said...

3-0 in the top of the first with no outs...awesome

GreggyD said...

The one day that I'm sick and am home to watch a day game, the Phils are getting crushed. Figures.

C.M.R. said...

and look what we got coming up this weekend. eaton, followed by myers!

no winning homestand for us i guess.

GreggyD said...

Today was a very ugly loss, and to be honest, it just seemed like the Phillies couldn't catch up to the Sox who were always a step ahead. I'm glad the boys got a look at this Boston squad because they are the best of the best in my mind. We all knew that these next couple of weeks were going to be tough, but it's good that they are getting first-hand looks at these AL front runners. IF they were to make it all the way through to the end of October, either the Angels or Sox would probably be waiting for them, so it was important for them to face-off against them even if it meant taking two more L's and yet another series loss.

I think the Phillies have the potential to beat these teams, but it all comes down to whether or not they can be consistent at the plate, which is really the fundamental issue that this team has.

Maria said...

Chase Utley's slump really has me depressed. He's now batting .294 and is 0 or his last 20? maybe 19 or 21.

SirAlden said...

The Mets are classless.

GM-Carson said...

Chase Utley's slump is depressing, I never thought he'd go this long without a hit. The Phils suck right now.