“Et tu, Brute” said Julius Caesar to the man that decided that he knew what was best for Rome, and Ozzie Guillen has taken a shiv to the ribs in the form of a plane ticket and a public firing.
Larry Beinfest has successfully deflected blame from himself, and has successfully whispered in Jeffrey Loria’s ear, so we’re on the hunt for a new
sucker manager to helm the Fish for 2013. The palace guard has closed ranks, and the Praetorians have eliminated the threat.
I think it’s a bad decision by the front office, because it’s simply lays the blame for the season on Guillen, and doesn’t account for guys like John Buck, Heath Bell, Eduardo Perez, or Hizzoner Larry.
When you have players (Hanley) thinking that they have a direct line to Loria, and don’t have to hustle, play hard, hit, or otherwise make extraordinary effort to improve their failing numbers, it absolutely undermines the authority of the manager, and cripples his ability to effectively manage the team.
My confidence level for 2013 has hit rock bottom. The dim glimmer of hope that remains is that Loria figures out that he needs to fix all problems at once, and finds his Mike Shanahan, and figures out how to let the right guys run the roster.
Hint: It’s not Larry Beinfest, and it’s not David Samson, and it’s not Jeffrey Loria.
Please, oh, please…don’t let this go past 2013. Figure it out now, so the new stadium, and the new brand leads to a pennant for the Fish. Please don’t let you fear of losing a job or your thin skin keep us in the cellar for any longer than necessary.