It was no fun witnessing the demise of Mets manager Willie Randolph. For weeks, the Wilpons let him dangle, only to fire him on the West Coast at 3 a.m. East Coast time. Randolph has been a stand-up guy who had enjoyed some success until the meltdown began last August. We wish him well.
The firing could have been handled better. There is no question that the city's tabloids competed for three days to come up with the most outrageous headlines. The Post called the firing a "Midnight Massacre: An Amazing Act of Cowardice." The same papers that once loved general manager Omar Minaya now wanted him drawn and quartered. The people who had been calling for Willie's firing were now taking aim at Minaya and the Mets' owners.
Of course, all will be forgiven if the Mets get on a winning streak. Meanwhile, the coverage has at the very least been entertaining.
And we hope that the leadership change, however painful, will get the Mets playing the kind of ball that they are capable of.
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