Jeff Torborg weighs in on the Willie Randolph firing!
Jeff Torborg, a ghost of Mets managerial flops past, was on XM Satellite Radio Wednesday recalling his own awkward end:
To this day, I dont know if the Mets know quite how to fire their managers I was fired at home, but I had not spoken to the general manager for four days prior to my firing He originally would come down every night.
"When I was fired, I came to a host of cameras. It was suggested I come in through the bullpen. I said, Im not going to go in through the back door here... I woke up that morning listening to the news that I had been fired I was not flown across country. I was attacked [by the media] outside Shea Stadium.
"Its unbelievable to me Willie has an impeccable reputation. Captain of the New York Yankees, thats really something special, then a trusted coach for a number of years, now he takes the Mets and does, what I thought a terrific job
Torborg on his reaction to the owners telling him not to take his firing personally:
"Its almost like youre being patted on the head. Dont make a comment that this is not personal Its certainly personal to the one who is losing his job and whose family is disrupted.