Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Met With Cowardice

I'll admit it--even on a good day, there are few nice things I'm going to say about the Mets. Sure, I wanted them to win the NLCS in 1999 and 2000 so I might be able to appreciate the spectacle of a Subway Series, but, in truth, rooting for the Mets, for me, would be like rooting for the Rangers--and I'm a die-hard Devils fan.

However, what happened last night---or, if you want to be specific, at 3.19 AM this morning--defies common decency in every sense.

While there is no question that someone on the Mets was going to get fired--when you had the worst September collapse in baseball history and still aren't playing .500 baseball despite acquiring Johan Santana, someone's going home--the way in which they handled Willie Randolph's firing is atrocious.

It reminds me a bit of a boyfriend and girlfriend trying to end a rocky relationship, and then one partner doing all the dirty work over IM while the other slept.

The Mets' problems, however, go far beyond Willie Randolph. For one thing, concerned members of the Mets front office might want to look at how Omar Minaya has handled his job. Sure, the Santana trade was a blockbuster, but look at the rest of the team--largely aged and expensive--and look at the state of the farm system--depleted. At a time when most teams are concentrating on building their farm system to build talent from within, the Mets are notably lagging.

I am no Mets fan, but to see a team embarrass itself as the Mets have, should make any baseball fan unhappy.

Meanwhile, Willie, best wishes--you deserved so much better than this.


  1. Willie of course is an old Yankee. For the Mets to suppose that Maine and Perez would match their best seasons and Hernandez and Martinez would be able to show up much if at all was ridiculous but to have a good staff that was what was required.

  2. Notice that the Metino's fired the non-Hispanic types (Willie, Peterson, Nieto) but promoted Manuel and kept Alomar, Sr.