Bobby Valentine has been left off the list and Wally Backman is looking destined for Single A. In the past I have lobbied for Backman, but I have to admit I just like my managers to be more Earl Weaver than Joe Torre. I like the Lou Pinella types who throw a tirade. I even like when players pull a Paul LoDuca and get in A-Rod’s face after a second too long pose down following a homer. In these situations, it’s best to see Alderson conducting his interviews without input from fans and the media know-it-alls.
Truth be told, the outcry from New Yorkers over unpopular decisions needs to be ignored continuously. Don’t pretend you weren’t looking for a tall building to scale after R.A. Dickey was signed.
In his short time here I have admired Sandy’s honest nature. What fan wants to hear the payroll isn’t going up? It is however what we needed to hear. Expensive impulse buys can set a franchise back years. Sometimes not spending the money on a player is the best possible move. Imagine if Omar Minaya decided to spend on Jason Marquis to patch up a rotation hole.
I’m guilty in wanting Bobby V. or Wally and reliving some better days. I’d love to watch Wally inspire fans by throwing equipment on the field. I’d love to laugh as Bobby reappeared in the dugout as Groucho Marx following an ejection. These desires are only surface deep. The core of what we want is a winner.
When Bobby won here he was a charismatic genius, and when he lost he was “pissing off players”. Willie Randolph was the quiet storm who had players falling in line, then he became over bearing and uptight. Jerry Manuel relaxed players than he was too relaxed.
You can never guarantee a winner but you can provide a clear vision. You can show steady decision making in the face of an overwhelming media storm. Sandy has showed thus far appeasing fans will not be included in the agenda. We can only hope this trend continues in the face of inevitable adversity.