Why the Middle of the Night

Anyone else hear Billy Joel’s voice singing “River of Dreams” in their head when you found out the Mets fired Willie at like 3 am EST?

Well here’s the scoop from Newsday’s Jim Baumbach:

Here’s the sick part: By announcing at 3 a.m., the Mets undoubtedly figured they’d just miss the last deadlines for New York City newspapers, meaning there would be another 24 hours before the next day’s newspaper is published. So this way maybe something else can happen in the world and they won’t have to see their manager’s firing plastered all over the back pages, because it’s day-old news.

And if you’re a Mets fan, that should make you sick.

Because that means they care about their image more than their performance.

Hat tip to Playing for Peanuts for the link.

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  1. help-a-rascal June 17, 2008 at 11:33 am
    wow. leave it to the mets to screw this up so royally. this is really a gut-punch, and i’m someone who preferred another manager as early as two weeks ago. in that time, omar and the wilpons managed to redirect the lion’s share of the criticism of willie toward its more deserving targets, themselves. and then, the capper, waiting until a man is 3,000 miles away and everyone’s asleep to fire him. if they can’t handle firing someone with any courage or integrity, how can we have any faith in their ability to run this team?

    jay horowitz must feel like scott mcclellan right about now.

  2. Micalpalyn June 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm
    I have alot more to say, but there was no way the Mets COULD get this right. It would always be 2 soon, 2 late, a weekend, a full moon, father’s day, mother’s day, day before a double header etc.

    I was one who said that last off season was the time. also i said Willie had 60 games. In the end Omar could not spend enough nor placate enuff to buy Willie time. In the end Willie will look to have dione a good job, and that bodes well for him and his future.

    BTW: What is the average managerial tenure?