Randolph Suprised By Firing

June 19, 2008 – 2:12 am by Ryan Phillips

I now know why the Mets fired Willie Randolph: Apparently he’s an idiot.

How did I come to that conclusion? Because of this article where he claims his firing came as a complete surprise to him. Well, Willie, you’re the only one. Frankly, I was thinking they should have fired you after your team’s epic September collapse last year, and apparently I wasn’t the only one. But over the last month or so, virtually every sports-related program on radio or television and tons of blogs have speculated that Willie would be gone. How on Earth did he miss the always subtle New York media’s hints?

Randolph said he was under the impression that several of his coaches might be on the way out but didn’t smell his own blood in the water after several one-on-one conversations with Mets GM Omar Minaya. Willie lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and his answer was hilariously Sopranos-esque: “I thought he was talking about whacking a couple of my coaches. That’s why I was stunned. I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

Well played Mr. Randolph, you basically just said, “Well I was aware that he wanted to get rid of some of the guys I’ve surrounded myself with and I was OK with that. But I had no idea I was in trouble.”

Omar Minaya’s decision to fire Randolph – though handled like a breakup with an insane girlfriend – was obviously justified because the guy is clearly oblivious to the world around him. If he can’t feel the shadow of a 38-ton weight hanging over his head, how can he make smart decisions relating to double-switches, hit-and-runs or reading when it’s time to pull his starter? Forget it, the Mets are better off with Jerry Manuel in charge. I’m sure it’ll be nothing but smooth sailing now.

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