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Omar Minaya learned an important lesson today… Make major announcements at a time of day that’s most convenient for the New York media. Otherwise, risk the condemnation and insults hurled your way.
The mainstream media flooded the Internet with stories about how poorly timed the announcement of Willie Randolph’s firing was. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, of stories about the Mets “sneaking” around in the middle of the night to fire Willie so it wouldn’t be announced in time to make the daily newspapers.
As a fan, I could care less when the announcement came. As long as the Mets came to a decision that’s in the best interest of the team moving forward. If it’s three in the morning or three in the afternoon, I really don’t care.
The media is throwing around adjectives to describe Omar Minaya and the Mets organization as gutless, clueless, and deplorable. You have to look at the real motivation behind this behavior. Such shocking headlines sell stories, sure. But the real problem here is that the “old” media got scooped by the “new” media on the Internet. By the time the newspapers print stories about Willie’s firing it’s old news and won’t sell papers like it would have today.
The newspapers probably had a photo of Willie with a look of dejection on his face all ready to go for the day he got fired. Now they don’t get to use that to maximum value.
So as you’re reading stories about what a dubious character Omar Minaya is for making a late night announcement about firing Willie, keep in mind there may be ulterior motives behind the admonishment.