It wasn’t the winds of change that blew through inner sanctum of Citi Field yesterday – it was more like a tornado ! Gone are the two biggest personalities associated with the futility that has marked the past two seasons. That’s right we won’t have Omar and Jerry to kick around anymore ! Hopefully gone now will be the perception of a organization that puts making a profit above winning into a organization that emphasises tradition and winning above all else.
Gone will be the double talk of Omar Minaya. He has been vilified by both the fans and the media, but I can’t help to feel that he has been somewhat maligned unfairly. Yes he is the man who orchestrates trades and free agent signings, but if you tell me that he didn’t ask permission to jettison Oliver Perez and the remaining twelve plus million dollars that remains on his contract, I would say he should have been committed. Omar did at one time command respect from the baseball world, whether it was the fans, the media or the other franchises. He took a team that was in a death spiral back in ’04 and he did bring credibility back for albeit short , but productive period of time. He looked and sounded tired yet relieved yesterday, like a unwilling combatant that has left the arena with a loss. He was battered and bloodied, but his was looking forward to going home to convalesce from the wounds that have been inflicted over the last four years.
Jerry Manuel didn’t give any interviews , and that is his perrogative. Jerry I am sure is a good man. He is quick with a joke and is very witty. But he just wasn’t the right man for the job. As a in game tactician he was mediocre at best and he came off as way to passive – especially when having his players backs during on field altercations. But Jerry Manuel with all his wishing and hoping and praying couldn’t withstand the winds of change yesterday. He is the type of person that will always find work with some baseball organization, but I think these last two and a half years have tarnished his reputation as a manager.
Well the first stage of the purge has been implemented. Let us just hope Jeff, Fred and the elusive Saul Katz do their due diligence and pick the right man to pull this organization out of the quicksand of losing that it is mired in and become the model that all teams will envy and want to imitate. Keep your fingers crossed this should be a brave new chapter in the history of the Mets.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to the following player :
Spot Starter and middle reliever from the ’67 team, Dennis Bennett is 71 (1939) .
Middle reliever from ’82-’84, Brent Gaff is 52 (1958) .
One of the most hated Mets of the last fifteen years, shortstop , Rey ” The Barber” Sanchez is 43 (1967) .
New York Mets claimed pitcher, Jason Middlebrook on waivers from the San Diego Padres on October 5, 2000.
Middle reliever, Manny Aybar granted free agency on October 5, 2005.
Mo Vaughn was in attendance during the press conference, If you look watch closely you will see him fighting with Joel Sherman of the New York Post over the last knish at the buffet !