Willie Randolph, dreaming up his next classic quote
Ever since the Isiah Thomas firing, we were worried that New York lacked a coach/manager who would help feed the media beast that exists in NYC. Mike D'Antoni, Eric Mangini, Tom Coughlin, Joe Girardi, who ever coaches the area hockey teams.....none of those guys would be categorized as quote machines. So just when it looked like all hope was lost - here comes Willie Randolph to the rescue.
Maybe the stress of last year's epic collapse, combined with this year's poor start has finally caught up with him, because Willie seems to be coming apart at the seams. Last week he wondered aloud if race was part of the reason why he had come under such scrutiny (its not race, its all the losing Willie). He quickly apologized, but the damage was done.
Then, yesterday, after snapping a 5 game losing streak, in what the NY Post called "a rambling 20 minute interview" he called vote of confidence given to him by General Manager Omar Minaya the "kiss of death."
While it's hard to disagree with the kiss of death comment, it's not something you really want to be saying to the media, so here's some friendly advice from T3I to Willie - follow the words of wisdom Brian Fontana imparted on Champ Kind and "Take it easy, Champ. Why don't you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while."