Et tu Brute? (A Jerry Manuel Story)

Pardon us while we use the metaphor of Willie Randolph and Julius Caesar, but these words may never ring more true than they do in the wake of the Willie Randolph firing. For all intents and metaphoric purposes Willie is the Manager, and thus the Emperor. One could not be considered a closer alley to a manager/emperor than his bench coach/spineless leech. Brutus was held in high regard by Julius Caesar and the city of Rome. Manuel was at least considered a teammate by Willie, and clearly Met management has a vote of confidence in the man. I suppose when it comes down to the actual stabbing in the back, one cannot help but point to Omar Minaya, who is cowardace personified, but that doesn’t mean that Manuel’s hands are clean, several dagger thrusts came from the one time bench coach. Messages were sent with more tact in the Godfather, than the manliness displayed by the beheading offered by the Mets and Omar in Anaheim. An in depth look at these transgressions is needed in order to truly understand the back stabbing that was performed by Jerry Manuel, and the Mets organization.

In order to understand the depth of this conspiracy, lets delve into Manuel’s actions, or lack their of. When Manuel was called to the forefront of Met upper management, he very quickly offered his keys to success, which include resting certain players, shuffling the lineup, and of course simplifying. Manuel is a man that is a little full of himself, clearly evident in this article where he feels that he is the Gandhi of baseball.

The article explains how Manuel is often heard, and typically makes his opinion’s known. Where was this fantastic insight over the waning months of Willie’s Met career? Manuel was noted by other coaches as not implementing key baseball strategies to key Met personnel. The only talking he would was to tell players of critical comments made by Willie, in closed door meetings with management, as part of player evaluation. Willie’s straight forward demeanor made him unpopular with several players including stars like Beltran and bums like Delgado. Manuel wasn’t only complaining to players, but also to management. The incessant whining from the supposed heir to the thrown is well documented through encounters with knife wielding VP of player development Tony Bernazard. Manuel’s other nugget of insight, over Willie’s last few days, was to give rest to some of the best players (Wright and Reyes). Granted they may be tired, but Willie’s job depended on their performance. Apparently, in the end that didn’t matter as Willie won 5 of his last 7. Met management blamed the New York media, team dissention, and a general feel of uncertainty among the players as reasons for Willie’s firing. This sounds like a group of men that are grasping for any excuse to fire the leader of an underachieving team. Some of the Metropolitans maybe be quick with the feet, but not quick on the wit, and dizzying comments from management surely didn’t help the situation. The Mets played a daily version of who’s line is it anyway?

Highly touted pitching coach Rick Peterson, the not so lucky version of Mark Antony, is also a listed casualty of the midnight massacre. Clearly, Billy Wagner blowing 3 straight save chances is Peterson’s fault. Wagner feels that a simplistic pitching approach offered by Dan Warthen is the answer. Who cares about stats or scouting reports? Those things are overrated anyway.

Here at Awesomo, we can only hope that the Mets suffer a similar fate to those famous Romans that stood on the steps of the Senate. People are often punished for their dastardly acts. Currently, the Mets sit at 1 game under .500, and they are headed by a coward, a snake, and an idiot. After all of this dissention, we can only muster one thought…Bring back Bobby V!

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  2. Anthony Says:

    I must say, being at Friday night’s game was frustrating. Manuel left Pedro in for at least 1 1/2 innings more than he should have, while Pedro was out there clearly running on empty….pitching mostly curve balls and 88mph fast balls. Pedro started to get rocked…and after the Yankees to score a bunch of runs, it looked like the Mets just gave up after that. Great job Jerry!

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