Dysfunctional Isn’t The Word For The Mets, Disorganized Is
Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on June 19, 2008
Being that I was born in 1984, fifteen years after the Mets’ improbable World Series Championship and two years before their last, I can remember all too well about some of the highs and lows of the Mets in my lifetime.
There was the 1993 season in which the Mets, despite having one of the biggest payrolls in baseball, became the epitome of failed promises and a lousy pitcher in Anthony Young.
The 2006 season in which my Cardinals, despite the fact they had 83 wins, shocked the world by beating a Mets team that could have won the World Series to win their 17th National League Championship.
And then last year’s colossal collapse, a collapse that by no means was the fault of Willie Randolph, and yes, I’m a black guy typing these words.
But while I believed in my heart the Mets should have went on and fired Randolph after the season last year, I thought for a second that the Mets would come out the gate swinging since they picked up Johan Santana in the offseason and that the last few weeks of the 2007 season was nothing more than a memory.
But I, despite the fact that I’m a Cardinals fan and am witnessing a ragtag bunch of guys that came up in the farm system for us have an incredible season, was sold a dream with a side of cole slaw and mashed potatoes when it came to the Mets.
Instead of ruling the National League East, the Mets without question have underachieved this year; underachieved to the point in which Tuesday morning while we were all sleeping, the Mets organization decides to fire Randolph after winning their series opener against the Angels in Anaheim.
In the axing, pitching coach Rick Peterson was also let go after having one of the worst pitching staffs in the National League but not third-base coach Sandy Alomar, Sr., who has done no favors for the team since he’s been on the staff.
The timing of this, if not the action done by the organization, has led me to think the same thing when it comes to the New York Mets.
How can any organization, be it in the MLB or any bush league, do something like this?
You fly your manager out to the West Coast, who in turns gets you a win, and then in the middle of the night, you fire him.
Firing is part of sports, just like it is part of life.
You have to perform in order to receive a check or else they’re going to find someone else to do your job for you.
But while most places will fire you and have some courtesy behind it, this latest bungle by the Mets is another reason why they, unlike the Cardinals or even the Cubs, will always be the worst team money can buy.
That is, until the Wilpons sell the team or until they see a sea of empty seats at the brand-new Citi Field.
Oops, spoke too far in the future.
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