Black is Beautiful, Your Managing is AWFUL

Willie Randolph has been receiving a ton of criticism lately from the Mets faithful, many of whom have been very frustrated and disappointed in his managing. Willie’s poor decision making has been put under a microscope as the team has struggled and looked identical to the one that had the biggest regular season choke in baseball history last season.

With rumors that his head is on the chopping block, the Mets came out on Sunday and bashed the shit out of the ball, winning 11-2, apparently Willie had a fiery speech before the game, both to players and to the reporters. However, during his comments with the reporters he mentioned that he thinks SNY, the Mets owned network, has been portraying him unfairly and presenting him inaccurately.

Why [isn’t] SNY shooting me when I’m ready to go down the dugout clapping my hands and patting guys on the butt, schooling them during the game? I’m on the top step every game. … Why don’t you show that side of me so people can say, ‘Wow, jeez, Willie’s fiery’? … You watch any manager in baseball, you see him look like a bump on the log sitting there. They don’t move, they don’t talk. I’m as animated and as demonstrative and as involved and as intense as any manager in baseball.

First of all, they don’t show those things because they aren’t interesting television, secondly, because the moments that are the toughest, when things go wrong, that’s when leadership matters and most of the time it looks like that word befuddles you.

Willie went on saying he wanted to know why Joe Torre managed in a similar way and wasn’t given the same amount of grief.

“Is it racial?” Randolph asked. “Huh? It smells a little bit.”

Asked directly if he believes black managers are held to different standards than their white counterparts, Randolph said: “I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but I think there’s something there. Herman Edwards did pretty well here and he won a couple of playoff [games], and they were pretty hard on Herm. Isiah [Thomas] didn’t do a great job, but they beat up Isiah pretty good. … I don’t know if people are used to a certain figurehead. There’s something weird about it.

Joe Torre was given a break mainly because he won 4 World Series! So far Willie you’ve managed your teams to one first place division win, two second places and a third. That’s not a record that is impressive. You play with one of the highest payrolls in the league and should do better than that. And the one year you DID win the division your team ended up losing to the worst World Series winners in years in the Cardinals. So, don’t you think that maybe THAT’S where the scrutiny comes from, and why Torre got a break. Also, Torre DIDN’T get a break the last two years did he? The NY Post and other papers, and Steinbrenner himself were all pretty angry and unhappy with Torre’s lackadaisical style, hence them going out and hiring the fiery Joe Girardi.

As for the racial stuff, frankly, that’s fucking bullshit. I have never heard ANYTHING remotely considered a racist comment from Keith (who isn’t smart enough to make a backhanded racist comment), Gary loves the Mets and hates to say ANYTHING negative and Ron is so nice that he never would do anything like that. Further, the reason people are upset is because you do things like pitch Billy Wagner in back-to-back games that are blowouts and non-save situations and then the next day when it actually IS a save situation you pitch him again. Gee, maybe those previous games weren’t the best situation for him… Or maybe it’s when Dusty Baker, your fellow dumb manager, batted his team out of order and instead of waiting until one pitch was thrown, thus getting both the hitter at the plate AND the hitter who was supposed to bat out you instead only got the one out. Or maybe it’s the mishandling of Aaron Heilman who should be starting, or at least tried in that role. Or maybe it’s how Jose Reyes went from the happiest man in baseball into a petulant, unhappy little boy because you don’t handle him carefully enough?

No, you’re right, it’s clearly because you’re black. That’s the issue. You say people are implying that because you’re black, you don’t have control of your clubhouse. That ain’t it William. How about it’s because Billy Wagner is causing trouble in the media, or your leaders are ducking the press and are scared to talk to them. Or again how Jose Reyes looks like someone keeps killing puppies in front of him before every game. THOSE are the clubhouse issues, not your skin color so get over it.

Also, you want to know why everyone got on Herm Edwards, because despite those playoff wins he COULDN’T FUCKING CONTROL THE CLOCK. Oh, and he was constantly outcoached in every game he ever played, he wasn’t and isn’t good enough. Isiah Thomas? You wonder that people got on him? He destroyed an ENTIRE BASKETBALL LEAGUE before he even coached the Knicks. Then he took one of the most famous and popular basketball teams and turned them into laughingstocks. He made that team pathetic and awful and all of it was his own doing through his complete ineptness as BOTH a GM and a coach.

That’s why everyone in NYC hates those guys. Not because they’re black. So don’t hide behind that because it’s inaccurate, it’s unfair and it makes it look like you’re searching for excuses so that when you get fired later in the summer you can blame someone else instead of taking responsibility.

There are only two people responsible in the end, Willie and GM Omar Minaya. Both of whom probably need to go. But your whining and moaning Willie only make you look worse, and you’re supposed to be the leader of the team. Stop acting like you deserve more. You need to EARN the cache that someone like Joe Torre had, and Willie hasn’t come within a sniff of Torre’s jockstrap. (Which is a super super gross idea.) So stand up and LEAD Willie. Or step aside. Because the Mets SHOULD be winning that division and under you they only seem able to blow it.
Put up or shut the fuck up.

4 Responses to “Black is Beautiful, Your Managing is AWFUL”

  1. May 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Screw Willie Randolf. Racist? Pathetic. Bring in Manny Acta! Now! And I don’t even LIKE the Mets.

  2. 2 shatraw
    May 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    yeah, willie has lost it. really, i think he’s going nuts. but this team’s trouble isn’t all willie’s fault. these guys go out day after day and play like lazy bastards and that’s bunk city. they gotta get their shit together and play like pros.

    if i were the mets GM, i’d bury anyone whose name isn’t wright, church, wagner, santana or maine in the fresh cement of citifield. and i’d make reyes watch so maybe he gets the message.

  3. 3 myummers
    May 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    of course i must chime in since i’ve been calling for willie to get fired ever since he started batting jose valentin 2nd last year.

    i’m not going to acknowledge the racist accusations just like how torre and the yankees last year didn’t acknowledge it when it was coming from sheffield.

    i’ll just say that willie seldom says anything that makes sense, like when he apparently said he was talking “tongue in cheek” the other day. which, i’m sure he doesn’t realize, means half-joking. i find he often is quoted, like after today’s MASSIVE embarrassment against old shitbag tom glavine, as saying things like “we need to get rolling” and “we need to be more consistent”. he might as well say “i wish we didn’t lose as much” and “hitting is about swinging the bat”.

    i could go on, but really even if the mets were 25-37, willie and omar wouldn’t be going anywhere. willie, maybe if we’re lucky, will be gone at the end of this year or sometime next year. omar is locked in until at least 2011. he’s not going ANYWHERE. p.s. nice call not going after jayson werth as a free agent a year ago, who needs him when you’ve got endy chavez.

  4. 4 shatraw
    May 20, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    maybe willie doesn’t speak clear enough spanish.

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