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Monday, September 22, 2008

Fire Jerry Manuel

Or don't rehire him. Why? After today, we know that Jerry clearly does not want the job. We read you loud and clear, gangsta. You can not be a man who wants the job if you continue to bring Aaron Heilman into key ballgames. Period. You just did the equivalent of not wearing pants to your job interview, pal.

what happened? Didn't we get Johan Santana?

Think it's not that easy? If you think there is a different feel to the team since Jerry took over, look at the standings. Look at the team's performance down the stretch. Is there really that much difference between last year's choke job and this year's? Its pretty much the same team. Same flaws. Same disappearing offense. The difference is that the Mets are technically better with Johan Santana. The National League just doesn't have that many good teams. And right now, the only thing that is going to get the Mets into the playoffs is if the Brewers continue to collapse even worse, and that is no sure thing.

What's that you say? Jerry doesn't have much to work with in the pen? Faced with such dire straits, what can a man do, you say? What could Omar do (assuming he still works for Sterling, since we don't hear from him much)? GET CREATIVE MUTHERFUNKERS! Its your job!! The Phillies make use of Jamie Funking Moyer!! I spend 3-5 hours thinking about the Mets and Mets management spends all day and night, and I can tell that Aaron Heilman cannot be trusted to do anything, but they can't? Cmon. Trotting out Aaron Heilman is not the answer. Sure Parnell, Rincon, Stokes, and Ayala are by turns mediocre and untested, but a lot of mediocre relievers win games in this league. Meanwhile, I can name two guys who cannot reach that level of mediocrity--they are virtually guaranteed will blow the game for you: Showenblow and Hellman.

I can tell you right now that the Phillies will be winning the National League East. The only question is if the Mets can under-under perform the Brewers, so they can have the pleasure of getting massacred by the Cubs in the first round.

This team as currently constituted is an affront to fans who waited through 13 years of Atlanta dominance and expected (and deserved) a new era, but instead now get to play doormat to the club from Philadelphia because Met management still doesn't know how to put a team together. Or run it once they have put it together.

This offseason, the Mets need to find 2 maybe 3 new starters. The Mets need an entire new bullpen or two. They will need to fill in their bench with guys that can stay out of the hospital. And whether or not you believe in the "clutch fairy," the Mets will need players (not necessarily costing $18 million/year) who are capable of producing runs in key late innings in key games; I know they exist because other teams have them. I'm starting to doubt that Omar is up to the job.

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  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    The Mr Met photo and caption are so poignant.

    All we can do now is hope they'll be inspired against the Cubbies.

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    he does look kind of sad.

    it's hard to rise above this, so I won't even try.

  • At 3:49 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    Have courage! Its not over yet! We still have a chance.

  • At 5:15 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    oh god, forget it, its over.....

  • At 6:50 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    tomorrow...Fire Omar!!

  • At 8:11 PM, Blogger Jaap said…

    maybe Manuel keeps telling himsef no one can be as bad as Heilman forever and eventually he'll get a key out in an important game. Who knows, maybe he's a believer in Bayesian probability

  • At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Shea Guevera said…

    Well, tonight wasn't as illogical and unnecessary of a loss as last night's, nonetheless I will state the obvious - we have lost ground and we can practically declare having lost a one-game playoff for the division. We were playing a good team - yeah, that's what a truly good team looks like. Maybe we can rise up and show them we have something left - who knows. I do know that Gagsta put Poopy in again, so it's "I Will Not Forgive Plus One" as far as I'm concerned. Better hold onto that knife, Gagsta. You're prolly gonna need it, come Sunday's exit!


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