I had just picked up the twins from school when my phone rang – it was my mother, and she was so happy she could barely get the words out – THEY’RE BOTH GONE BOTH OF THEM!!! Now this could mean a whole lot of different things, so I carefully said – who’s gone Mama?
Drayton fired BOTH Phil and Timmy this afternoon, just got it from Susanna, can you believe it? There is hope Baby Grrrl, there is now HOPE.
Meaning, of course, that unlike other owners, Drayton is NOT going to be happy watching this baseball club turn into perennial bottom feeders. It has been more than obvious that Phil is not a good manager and had LONG since outlived his effectiveness and it has been more than obvious that Purpura, while he may have other talents, is most definitely NOT a good GM – he can’t make decent trades, can’t work with some agents, can’t identify good waiver wire pickups, can’t even get enough draft picks to fill the farm without picking up lots of minor league FA lifers. Not sure exactly what convinced Drayton that things have GOT to change, but I’m just grateful that he has taken the first step.
I have to add that I hope Drayton has also realized that he himself should not continue as de-facto GM, and that you can NOT win without good baseball men running things.
I had often told my friends that I couldn’t see me continuing to support a team whose owner didn’t care if the team won or not. I have a LOT of respect for Pirates/Royals fans – and I would never agree to actually go to a ballgame just because the stadium was lots of “fun” like an amusement park. I think that more than a few people must have told Drayton that there sure are a lot of fans just like me, who would support a young, rebuilding team, but not a team consisting of a bunch of utility/platoon guys who were cheap.
Cecil Cooper has been appointed interim manager and Tal Smith interim GM. I am praying that he doesn’t decide to hire Randy Smith or (please Lord) Steve Phillips as the next GM, but instead turns to someone with an excellent track record like Dan Evans, or someone with an outstanding reputation as a farm and development man like Mike Rizzo. And I hope Cecil does a good job – we’ve won every single game he’s managed so far.