The curious method with which Omar Minaya used to fire Willie Randolph, Rick Peterson, and Tom Nieto is worthy of discussion based on oddity alone. But it doesn’t change the fact that many Mets fans wanted this to happen a long time ago. I’ll even go as far as to say that MOST Mets fans wanted Willie fired. The word is that Jeff Wilpon agreed with you.
I appreciate Omar Minaya’s loyalty to Willie. That’s a worthy trait to have. But the time for change was long overdue. If you read this site regularly, you know that I’ve wanted something to change with the Mets this season. It didn’t have to be Willie getting fired, but if he did I thought it to be completely justified.
Mets fan have boo’d Willie mercilessly for some time now. I haven’t participated in that. Although I’ve made no secret of the fact that I thought that Willie was a slightly below average manager, I didn’t see anything from him that would cause me to boo him.
Many of us didn’t connect with Willie based on his long history with the Yankees and lack of a dynamic personality. We’ve deluged the talk shows with calls to fire Willie, and we were brought to the edge of sanity with last season’s “collapse”.
Change is here, and I’ll be giving Jerry Manuel a big round of applause when the team gets home. I’m not sure that he’s the long-term answer for the Mets but I’m more than willing to give him a chance. It’s time to move forward.