Omar Minaya, the general manager of one of the greatest regular-season collapses in baseball history, was standing against a wall this afternoon following the Mets’ elimination, saying he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe a major overhaul was needed, that any changes have to make sense.
And he gave Willie Randolph a vote of confidence.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I look at the body of work Willie has done here, not one year,Ã¢â‚¬? Minaya said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I look at the body of work Willie has done in three years. Willie has done a good job and I will tell that to manegement.Ã¢â‚¬?
He tipped his cap to the Phillies, and even suggested that writers vote for Jimmy Rollins as the NLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MVP.
It was Rollins who said the Phillies were the team to beat, which caused an uproar around here. The Phillies started 4-12. The Mets closed 5-12.
I asked him about the emotions of this weekend.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a roller coaster,Ã¢â‚¬? Minaya said after Game 162, after the historic collapse Ã¢â‚¬â€ a seven-game lead with 17 to play; a two-and-a-half game lead heading into the seven-game closing homestand Ã¢â‚¬â€ was complete.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“On Friday, you lose that game and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re behind for the first time and then you come in here Saturday and you get that window. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all I kept saying: Ã¢â‚¬ËœGive us a window. If we can get a window and play home,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I though we can do it. Then you go to the first inning and those things and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just really a roller coaster.Ã¢â‚¬?
Today would have been the low point no matter how the Mets lost Ã¢â‚¬â€ unless the Washington Nationals beat the Phillies and gave them an underserved mulligan.
It would have been rock bottom regardless of which way the Mets were eliminated.
But they found a way that was a few layers below rock bottom.
Glavine, as previously stated, was horrible. And even Jose Reyes got booed, after finishing the season 5-for-41 without a stolen base the last 15 games, and failing to run out a grounder Friday then running half-speed on his final groundout today.
Guess Mets fans no longer feel they wouldn’t trade him for Derek Jeter, huh?