The Mets made official what everyone figured: Omar and Jerry Manuel have lost their jobs. Here is the letter to fans, with annotations in BOLD:
October 4, 2010
Dear Mets Fans:
Thank you for your support during another extremely disappointing season.
[WE PULLED ONE OVER ON YOU AGAIN BUT THIS TIME WE MAY HAVE GONE TOO FAR]
Like you, all of us at the Mets had high expectations for 2010 and we did not come close to meeting them. [WE EXPECTED FANS TO COME OUT AND BUY LOTS OF TICKETS AND OVERPRICED FOOD ALL YEAR LONG. WE ENDED UP HAVING TO GIVE AWAY SEATS BY SEPTEMBER AND WE STILL COULDN'T FILL THE STADIUM. WE THOUGHT LADY GAGA IN SEINFELD'S LUXURY BOX WOULD CAUSE A RUSH ON SEASON TICKET SALES. BOY WERE WE WRONG.]
Since reaching the National League Championship Series in 2006, we have underperformed. The failure is unacceptable and we share your anguish. [BUT WE WON'T SHARE IN PARKING EXPENSES. YOU'RE STILL ON THE HOOK FOR THE WHOLE $19]
As Ownership, we are ultimately responsible and have determined that changes are necessary to produce a winning team for the long term. [OF COURSE, AS OWNERSHIP WE SHOULD ALSO REALIZE WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH OR EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO INTERFERE ON COMPLEX BASEBALL DECISIONS. BUT WE CAN'T HELP OURSELVES. SO OLLIE PEREZ WILL BE STARING OPENING DAY 2011]
Earlier this morning, we relieved Omar Minaya of his duties as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager, and advised Jerry Manuel that we are declining to exercise the club's option on his contract as Manager for 2011. We appreciate all that Omar and Jerry have done for the Organization and thank them for their time and effort. Changes like these are never easy, especially when dealing with people you like and respect.
We feel a fresh perspective in the leadership of our baseball department will elevate the performance of our club. That person will work with Ownership to hire a new Manager and will be responsible for creating a winning culture. [OWNERSHIP DEFINITELY HAS SOME GOOD IDEAS. WE DON'T LIKE BOBBY V BECAUSE HE HAS TOO MANY OF HIS OWN IDEAS. WALLY BACKMAN WOULD BE AWESOME UNTIL HE DOES SOMETHING EMBARRASSING IN PUBLIC. THEN WE'LL HAVE TO WRITE ANOTHER ONE OF THESE LETTERS. HEY DOES ANYONE STILL HAVE ART HOWE'S PHONE NUMBER?]
We have a lot of work to do to regain your confidence and support. Thank you for the opportunity to do so. [AND LOOK FOR YOUR 2011 PARTIAL SEASON TICKET PLANS IN THE MAIL. WE ARE ADDING ELEVEN NEW LEVELS OF PLAN PARTICIPATION TO BETTER HIDE THE COST INCREASES, WHICH SHOULD HELP REGAIN YOUR CONFIDENCE.]
And now the fun begins.