The Mets made it official yesterday, firing manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya. These moves are good for the organization, perhaps even vital. The Manuel/Minaya path is much less appealing than the great unknown, and now we are on that dark and mysterious path into the great unknown.
In what might have seemed like a cute throwaway comment, Minaya told reporters he “”won’t miss taking the GW Bridge.” Believe me, I know how tortuous it is waiting in a sea of cars to get onto the George Washington Bridge. I’ve experienced how an hour of that wait can undo all the relaxation of a week’s vacation.
But Omar, didn’t you want to be in New York, with all the attention, the huge fan base, the media storm that follows every move of the baseball teams in NY? Its a package deal Omar, you get the attention and the excitement of the best baseball city in America but it comes with all the pressures and challenges of living in a metropolis. If you can’t handle it, go get a job with the Kansas City Royals.
Furthermore, Omar, aren’t you paid handsomely to deal with these pressures? And aren’t you waiting in that line of cars in either a fat luxury automobile which you can afford on your large salary, or even a chauffeured limousine? How does that make the average Met fan waiting in the GW Bridge traffic in a 1998 Toyota Tercel with a faulty air conditioner feel?
So don’t expect any sympathy from me, Omar. The Mets need a GM who loves New York, and who sees the humor in the city’s challenges, and harnesses the energy of this city into a winning team. So Omar, I’m sure the traffic in KC is much milder, maybe that is more your speed.
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Written by Mark Reichman