The wrong man got fired on Tuesday morning.
By now the world knows that Willie Randolph was fired as Mets' manager in one of the most appalling ways ever known. He got bounced after a Mets' win in Anaheim, and after winning 3 of their last 4 games. He got fired after beginning a trip out west by a general manager who was too afraid to do the dirty work in New York.
As far as I'm concerned Omar Minaya, errand boy for the Wilpons, was the one who should have been bounced on Tuesday. He put together this underachieving, appalling mess that is the current state of the New York Mets. I watched the press conference from Anaheim this afternoon and he comes across to me as not just totally clueless, but a liar and a backstabber as well. It was clear that Randolph wasn't going to survive the season unless the Mets got hot and back in the race. Minaya, with his absolutely absymal timing, has succeeded in turning Randolph into a sympathetic figure.
He tries to make it sound like he was Willie Randolph's "buddy," when in fact nothing could be more opposite. Randolph was forced upon him back in 2005 by the Mets' owners. Just this past Friday he gave Randolph a vote of confidence (not the strongest one in the world, but one nonetheless). So the Mets take 2 of the 3 from Texas and win in Anaheim, and just after midnight in California last night he decides THAT is the right time to cut Willie loose.
Minaya has not only run this franchise into the ground, but he has made it a laughingstock. I had the radio on this morning and one of the hosts, who was a Mets fan, summed it up perfectly for all Mets fans by this simple statement: "I am embarrassed to be a Mets fan this morning."
Truer words were never more spoken.
So why in the hell would Minaya wait until the opening of a West Coast trip to fire Randolph? He didn't want to fire him on Father's Day? He'd rather do it out west so he wouldn't get the wrath of the Mets fans if he did it while they were home? Minaya in the press conference says the decision was his alone, and not the owners. He let Randolph twist in the wind for weeks (or as he said in the press conference that he never said Randolph would be there the whole year) while the speculation was running rampant and Willie was asked about it for nearly a month by the press. Minaya seems to have his head in the sand on that, almost like he was oblivious to all the press speculation.
This season is now beyond saving for the Mets. This team now needs a serious overall, as they have gotten too old in places, thanks to Minaya and his stupidity. He's handled this whole situation with absolutely no class, and has done nothing but embarrass this once-proud franchise. (And it brings back bad memories of the M. Donald Grant days of 1977 when he ran Tom Seaver out of town. It's THAT bad.)
Yep, the wrong man got fired on Tuesday. Minaya's lying ass should have been the one out the door.