Summary of Reactions

Just typed “Mets” into google and I think the headlines say it all. The franchise is once again at a nadir.

Just read the headlines:

Mets’ handling of Willie cowardly Newsday

Mets were classless in firing Willie Randolph

Mets Fire Randolph, Embarrass Themselves in Process

Once again they make a mess of it but at least it’s over

My early-morning Web column: Mets acted cowardly

The New York Mets Are Classless; Willie Randolph’s Firing…

Mets blamed the wrong guy Boston Globe

and the irony of it all: Mets Did This At 3:00 AM So It Wouldn’t Be On Front Pages

How did that work out for them?

>Add Torre As All-Star Coach

>There is a vacancy on the NL All-Star Team coaches staff.

Add Joe Torre.

If they don’t have the guts to do that, add Piniella.

>Link: Metsie (Kindred Spirit)

>Stumbled across a kindred soul…its as if I wrote this one.

The Wilpons run this team like a joke. I am tired of seeing 5 different uniforms and 3 different caps, I am tired of nonsensical marketing promotions, I am tired about hearing about how CitiField is going to honor the heritage of the Brooklyn Dodgers, I am tired of different ticket prices based on who and when the Mets are playing.

Great the link!

>How To Make The Mets Organization Stop Being A Joke

>The general consensus about the Willie firing is that this organization is a complete embarrassment.

Below is something I posted earlier in the year which seems appropriate this morning:

2009 presents an opportunity to start fresh in a new ballpark.

Some suggestions:

1. Embrace Mets tradition. This is no longer an expansion team. 45+ years. The Dodgers left a half-century ago. Let Los Angeles have them. Focus on the Mets. 1969, 1986. You’ve done a good job embracing 1986 on SNY, now do so with the team. Have some days to honor the guys we all love – Keith, Mookie, Wally, Gary….even invite Straw and Gooden back (when he’s available).

2. Create the position of Director of Franchise Integrity. Most of this franchise’s image problems could be solved by me, you, or any caller to WFAN. For example, did they really think doing this at 3:15 was a good idea? Run that past the D.F.I. Since this is a new position I offer my services.

3. Stop with the black uniforms. White pinstripes at home, the current road uniforms with a blue hat for the road. If you want to sell black or yellow or polka dots stuff at Modell’s that’s fine. Just look like a baseball team on the field. The Yankees sell plenty of t-shirts and hats without looking like idiots.

4. Create “The Mets Way.” When knuckleheads arise, rid the franchise of them. No more Vince Colemans. The Mets did a good job getting Milledge out. If Pedro can’t be bothered to show up and wave on Opening Day then good riddance.

5. David Wright is The Captain. This franchise lacks a career long franchise player. Let’s keep him here forever and let him be the captain. He doesn’t need a cheesy C on his jersey, but let it be known he is the man. Even if he just has OK stats for his career, the fans love him. Let us love him for a long time.

6. Tell Seaver to show up. If it takes paying him $50,000 per appearance like the Yankees had to do for Joe DiMaggio, then do it.

7. Bring the Apple. Why does management fight on this one? Bring the apple. yes we know it doesn’t work so well. It’s ours and we want it there, just bring it.

Originally #2 was: Put a Met in place as manager. No more Yankees. I’m openly in favor of Mazzilli. How about Backman? Carter. Hojo. Fans will love it. I want to be fair to Jerry Manuel, so since he’s brand new we’ll give him a shot. If it doesn’t work, this one goes back in.

Add Torre As All-Star Coach

There is a vacancy on the NL All-Star Team coaches staff.

Add Joe Torre.

If they don’t have the guts to do that, add Piniella.