Willie Randolph writes about his time with the Mets and how he feels about getting fired. It's pretty boring. I wish I could say he is a better writer than he was a manager, but it wouldn't be true.
Honestly, I really don't feel that bad for him. The Mets missed the playoffs by one game in 2007, and I have to think that Willie's stubbornness and obstinacy was a leading cause of that. If he would have stopped using Guillermo Mota in every high-leverage spot or plugging the terrible Shawn Green into the lineup every day, the Mets would have won a few more games.
Sorry, Willie. All managers are fired unjustly. But I think your millions of dollars should be enough to comfort you. Frankly, I was tired-- all of us were tired-- of hearing the same stupid talk about how your gut told you this and that, and how this bad player or the other is "one of your guys," and how the team just needs to get into "a nice little rhythm."
I could have included a picture with this post, but I am tired of looking at the man. What makes him so special, that he should get to manage the Mets?
What's unjust is that such an unqualified person was able to lord over the team for so long. Unjust, I tell you. That it will happen again and be that way for the foreseeable future is upsetting, but not defeating. I won't give up hope that someday the Mets will have a manager (and a general manager) who knows what he is doing. Perhaps that manager and general manager will be the same person. Perhaps he will wear a suit in the dugout. I think that's how it should be.
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