Thursday, June 19, 2008

Willie never saw it coming

You always hate to kick a man when he's already down, but ex-Met's manager Willie Randolph isn't making it easy.

In a statement made to various New York area newspapers, Randolph said he was "stunned" by his firing.

What planet are you living on, Willie?

He also commented that the firing happened "way, way too early."

After the Mets historical collapse to end 2007, he was lucky to even be brought back in 2008, especially considering the way New Yorkers demand success. If you don't remember, the Mets had a 7 game lead in the NL East with only 17 games to play, yet lost 12 of their final games to watch the Phillies surge past them, right into the playoffs.

Add to that a slow start in '08 and a sub .500 record, and you get an unemployed manager. Speculation of his termination had been floating around for weeks, and the firing surprised nobody.

Except Willie, apparently.

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