Tuesday, May 20, 2008
There's a battle going on in New York and Willie Randolph and various SNY personalities are in the middle of it. The whole thing began when Randolph decided to respond to criticism by hinting that announcers on SNY were racist because of their treatment of black coaches in New York. SNY's personalities shot back today, and here's a collection of quotes during the war of words....
"I don't know how to put my finger on it," Randolph told the Record's Ian O'Connor. "But I think there's something there. Herman Edwards did pretty well here and he won a couple of playoff [games], and they were pretty hard on Herm. Isiah [Thomas] didn't do a great job, but they beat up Isiah pretty good. ... I don't know if people are used to a certain figurehead. There's something weird about it. They're the artists, I'm the canvas."- Willie RandolphPeople involved in Sports are so sensitive aren't they? The crazy thing about this whole mess is that SNY is the Mets own channel, so the organization can't be happy with anyone involved it this right now. Expect this to be swept under the rug shortly, but if the Mets fall in the standings (seriously...they're 1.5 games out of first) look for it to resurface.
"Why is Willie wasting any time watching us, for one, and two, I just think it's wrong. I think his comments are wrong. I think some of the best things we do are watching not only Willie, but also his staff, go about their business educating these young men on how to play the game."- Ron Darling
"In my 17 years of major league baseball and 10-plus years of being up here in the booth, I've just never heard of a manager make those kinds of comments before, and I'm really quite surprised that Willie made those comments."- Keith Hernandez
"It's stopping you from doing what you're supposed to be doing: getting ready for the game. Part of the problem we have now is that the manager has chosen to make comments about things that you would think that for him should be water under the bridge. Who cares what anyone says? You care about wins."- Ron Darling
Mets' Randolph in hot water over latest comments (Newsday)
SNY announcers react to Willie's comments (Newsday)