Ozzie Guillen, we need your help...
You won a World Series with the Chicago White Sox and the fans seem to love you. Most importantly, you seem to have the backing of management and your players despite the outbursts you occasionally go on. In fact, your players always seem to play hard, and seem to play harder when you go off on one of your tirades. This hard work has led to well played baseball, and victories.
It is because of this, which has led to your success, where Mets fans need you. One of your fellow managers, Jerry Manuel, needs your help.
Jerry seems to think that acting like a doting soccer mom is the best way to get his players to play their best. He makes jokes about the team's lack of fundamentals, makes excuses when somebody does something out of line, and seems to take an overall "aw shucks" approach.
He even called a starting rotation consisting of 3 pitchers that started in the minor leagues, 1 person that was the set-up reliever last month, and only 1 inconsistant regular of the rotation as "the fab five."
That's right, the "fab five."
Yes, the team has lost their 5 top players due to injury. They have also lost a key bullpen member, an important backup player, and numerous other starters. Maybe he feels he can only throw up his hands and laugh at the way the team has been depleted.
However, the players they have are still professionals making a lot of money. They still need to perform at the highest level, and when they mistakes in the field, at the plate, and on the basepaths that a 12 year old would not make, he needs to take a stand.
The problem is, he takes them out for ice cream and tells them that everything will be all right.
Ozzie, you let them know that you are not happy. You seem to put a fear of God in them. You let the public know that you are not happy. You go off on long speeches full of profanity and anger.
You say things so outrageous that it seems to take all of the attention off of how bad the players performed and puts it on you. It seems like they appreciate it, and they show that in the way they hustle. They seem to play the game the right way, and that is a big attribute to you.
You show that you care. Jerry seems too relaxed to care. Mets fans get very angry when they see a horrible performance, then see a manager that simply shrugs his shoulders.
So angry we throw our hands up and stop paying attention.
I think you get the point Ozzie. We need you to teach your colleague how to make players accountable. Maybe not to the extent that you go, but at least show him the basics.
In other words, Mets fans are waiting for Jerry Manuel to grow a pair and to guide the team in the proper fashion.
Mr. Guillen, if you can do this we will be very grateful. You will be looked at very highly in our eyes. We'll actually considering boycotting "Around the Horn" until Jay Mariotti is thrown off the show (you do realize everybody think's he the biggest whiner to begin with).
Of course, you can save yourself the time and trouble and consider a job re-location to the Big Apple...
A Mets fan that is representing the masses.