The Mets finally canned manager Willie Randolph late Monday night -- or more specifically, early Tuesday morning. The move wasn't unexpected but the timing was. The team sent out a press release announcing the firing at 3:15 a.m. ET this morning, about three hours after the Mets beat the Angels 9-6 in Anaheim.
Another head-scratcher is that the Mets allowed Randolph to travel crosscountry with the team for the start of this West Coast road trip, only to fire him after one game (and a win at that). Ouch.
Of course, Mets ownership -- especially would-be-king Jeff Wilpon -- had its reasons. Here are some of the explanations for canning Randolph in the middle of the night:
10. Determined to prove that Hank Steinbrenner isn't the only nutso baseball owner in town
9. Wanted Willie to have the frequent flyer miles
8. Desperately chasing another high once Last Call With Carson Daly ended
7. Paid off by David Stern to make NBA start times look reasonable
6. It was the only way to top an historic collapse for sheer ineptitude
5. Ordered by the radio waves transmitted from Mr. Met's giant noggin
4. Had vivid dream in which newly invigorated Mets won 3 out of 4 (wait, they actually did? My bad)
3. It was either that, or buy a Chuck Norris Total Gym
2. Waited for those smug tabloid jackals to put their papers to bed for the night1. Only time Tiger's not on TV