Five seasons and four playing months ago, former Mets front office employee Omar Minaya was "begged" by the Wilpons to return and run their team. Jim Duquette was actually the GM; but a lame-duck one at that.
The Mets, in Wilponian fashion, had two GM's as 2004 came to a close. Jim Duquette was subsequently relieved of his post and the S.S. Wilpon set sail from that moment with Omar at the Helm.
The Wilpons ordered Omar Minaya to take the team out of the holding pattern they imposed upon Jim Duquette. Two years later the Mets were a 96 win team and came within one strike or hit of making it to the World Series in 2006.
Two very frustrating seasons ended in defeat for the Mets on their last day of play. Twice needing a victory to gain the playoffs; twice they failed to defeat the Florida Marlins when they need ONE GAME.
The 2009 season fell apart like wet toilet paper due to injury and compounded by very fundamentally poor play by whomever was on the field any given day.
Omar fired Art Howe to end the previous era he inherited. Omar then totally botched, but none-the-less, still fired Willie Randolph on the West Coast under the cover of NYC night. Today Jerry Manuel sits, and has for some time now, and will remain, on the hot seat. Why?
Because after getting defeated tonight by the first place and newly rebuilt Atlanta Braves by a score of 4-1, which followed a drubbing at the hands of a woefull D-Backs club the night before, at home by the way, the club Omar Minaya appointed Jerry Manuel to guide is officially, as of August 2nd, a .500 team.
Five seasons and four playing months later...the Mets are a .500 team.
That's just the way it has played out folks. I didn't really inject my opinions into that. Did I? How we got here and what happened along the way is a different conversation I've been having.....No?
(that was yesterday's post ~ tonight they are currently tied 1-1 with the Braves in the 5th inning.)