Randolph Is Nuts: Uses Race & Isiah Cards, Insults Mets Fans, Thinks SNY Is Out To Get Him

Willie Randolph is delusional.

In an interview with Ian O”Connor from the Bergen Record, Randolph managed to call Mets fair weather fans, use the race card in trying to deflect his critics, compared himself to Isiah Thomas, blamed SNY for the perception that he is too laid back, and still talks about 2007 as being successful…aside from that little meltdown thing that happened.

“If you look at my body of work since I’ve been here,” Randolph said, “I’m proud of that, because prior to that Mets fans were hiding. You couldn’t even find them … The season’s just starting and you’re booing my guys already? You’re booing your team?’ “

Good job Willie! You just called me and every other Mets fan a fair weather fan. I supported the Mets plenty before you were there and I will be a Mets fan long after you are gone.

All you happened to do was be fortunate enough to be hired by the Mets after 14 other teams turned you down. Don’t pat yourself on the back because you are the manager of a team that brought in lots of high priced free agents at the same time as Wright and Reyes came of age.

Few Mets fans, if any, go to Shea to see you manage.

Randolph isn’t ready to accept the popular notions about his allegedly placid approach to the craft. He believes those notions are hardened by SNY’s selective camerawork.

“They’re the artists, I’m the canvas,” Randolph said. “They paint the picture the way they want to. They want to show me when somebody gives up a home run or somebody makes an error, so they want to see me [using profanity].

“Well, my players are watching the monitors in the bullpen going, ‘Look at Skip, he’s cursing us out.’ That’s not how I lead. But when the game is over, I’m [on them]. ‘And why don’t you turn over a couple of [food] spreads?’ I’ve done that. You might not know it.

“Why [isn’t] SNY shooting me when I’m ready to go down the dugout clapping my hands and patting guys on the butt, schooling them during the game? I’m on the top step every game. … Why don’t you show that side of me so people can say, ‘Wow, jeez, Willie’s fiery’? … You watch any manager in baseball, you see him look like a bump on the log sitting there. They don’t move, they don’t talk. I’m as animated and as demonstrative and as involved and as intense as any manager in baseball.”

First of all, for argument’s sake, lets say this ridiculous notion that SNY is censoring all of Willie’s active moments is absolutely true. How does that explain Willie’s ever mundane post game comments?

How about his constant mentions of “nice little rhythms”, “turning the page”, and “knowing his guys”? Does SNY make him say that?

Does SNY force him to never argue with umpires and back up his players too?

Randolph excluded Ozzie Guillen from the conversation, but wanted to know why the traits often admired in the calm, cool and collected likes of Joe Torre are portrayed as flaws in Torre’s former third base coach.

“Is it racial?” Randolph asked. “Huh? It smells a little bit.”

Asked directly if he believes black managers are held to different standards than their white counterparts, Randolph said: “I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but I think there’s something there. Herman Edwards did pretty well here and he won a couple of playoff [games], and they were pretty hard on Herm. Isiah [Thomas] didn’t do a great job, but they beat up Isiah pretty good. … I don’t know if people are used to a certain figurehead. There’s something weird about it.

Oy yoy yoy. Really Willie? You think all the criticism is racially motivated? Really?

Herm Edwards got tons of criticism in New York for much of the same reasons you do. You both talk about winning and winning attitudes but your teams underachieve. You both have made glaring coaching/managerial mistakes in games, you both presided over teams that had bad playoff losses followed by bad regular seasons the following year.

By the way Willie, you do know that Herm Edwards quit the Jets for a higher paying job, right?

How about Isiah Thomas? He was only probably the worst GM in all of sports history. But all us Knicks fans were racist for wanting him gone? Do you realize that the NBA’s players are over 80% black? The Knicks have 1 white player. Why would a bunch of racists support a team and a sport filled with blacks?

Joe Torre caught a lot of heat in New York for being stoic and not fiery when things did not go well for the Yanks. Torre was never considered by anyone to be a good manager, I find him to be the most overrated manager ever. But when his players played hard for him, they won–often.

So Torre got a pass on sitting there and looking comatose….and I guaran-freakin-tee you that Steinbrenner would have fired Torre for having the collapse that you had last season while not winning anything in his first 2 seasons.

I find it highly offensive that I am labeled as a racist because I think Willie a terrible manager. Are only black Mets fans allowed to dislike Randolph?

Too bad Randolph didn’t give these quotes to the Post or Daily News, pulling the race card would have been front page fodder and probably expedited his departure from the Mets.

Perhaps my favorite quote is towards the end of O’Connor’s column:

“My track record speaks for itself,” Randolph said. “We had a horrible meltdown last year, but prior to that we were the best team in baseball.”

You played .500 ball since June 1, 2007, that is not the best team in baseball. That is as mediocre as it gets.

Oh and that “track record” of which you speak is as follows:

2005: On 8/26/05, the Mets were 68-60 and in the middle of the wild card race. On 9/15/05, the Mets were 71-75 and out of the playoff race.

2006: Mets go on cruise control in September, have a losing record for the month after running away with NL and being #1 or #2 team in MLB all season, fall short of making it to World Series.

2007: Mets have another losing September and suffer biggest collapse of all time.

So there you have Willie Randolph’s track record: three straight losing Septembers and only one playoff appearance despite having being in the hunt in 2005 and pretty much being a given in 2007.

Willie STILL needs to go.  If that makes me a “racist”, so be it.


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