OK, I've been chewing on the now infamous "Willie Rant" for a couple of days now, have read various things on various blogs and message boards, have considered the sum of what I know and what I think I know, and have seen, and I have a couple of things to say. Surprise, surprise, right? Well, this is a Mets blog, after all...
OK, point number one. Willie needs to realize and understand that part of the problem is that he's making this whole thing about HIM, when it really is about the TEAM. After all, if the team was winning and playing well and playing good entertaining baseball, how much of this do you really think would be happening? You know what I mean by THIS -- all the talk of Willie's job being in jeopardy and the like. Fact is, nobody even THINKS about firing the manager of such a team. And by Willie making such a fuss over the way HE'S being treated, or HE'S being jeopardized or HE'S being misperceived... well, that just doesn't cut it with the fans. Fact is, Willie, THE FANS BLAME YOU FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE TEAM, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE COLLAPSE LAST YEAR.
So I'm really tired of the Willie Playing Dumb persona. Willie's a New Yorker, fcol -- if he doesn't get that, he doesn't really get anything else, which brings me to my next point.
Point number two, unless I lost count, which if I was playing as dumb as Willie has been playing lately, would be a distinct possibility. But anyway, point two. Don't even go there with the race thing, Willie! I suppose you were interviewed for a gazillion major league manager's jobs and turned down for every one because you were... gasp... BLACK! Who the hell do you think you are, anyway, Rev. Al? FCOL, Willie, you need to stop this, and stop it NOW. The plain and simple fact is that there have been numerous black and Latino managers in the major leagues for many years now, and I would be very surprised if race was a factor at all in your inability to get a major league job. More like you had no previous managerial experience, not even in the MINOR LEAGUES; I would bet you interviewed in the same way as you manage and conduct yourself; and I would bet you were competing with many guys out there who actually HAD experience and a resume. So get over the fucking entitlement argument, too, ok?
You know what? The more I think about this, the more it pisses me off. So I think I'm going to stop right now, because if I don't, I'll spend the rest of the day pissed off and won't enjoy what looks to be a Met fan's dream -- a day/night double dip against a hated division rival.
And a first game matchup of Willie's Uncle Tom Glavine versus The Second Coming of John Maine.
But before I go - ponder THIS, Willie Randolph. You wanna talk about unfair? Let's talk John Lester, who was stricken with a terrible disease in his early 20s. THAT'S what I call unfair. And what did he do about it? He didn't cry "why me?" or blame God, or blame anyone... he beat the disease, he battled back, and rewarded himself with a no hitter yesterday evening. Talk about grace under pressure.... you twit, Willie, you have soooo much to learn, you arrogant ungrateful twit.
That is all.