Willie Randolph said he did not know he would be fired when he left the stadium last night.
“No,” Randolph said as he walked out of the Mets’ team hotel this morning. “I was stunned. … This is a very difficult time.”
After several weeks of twisting in the wind, Randolph was fired in the team hotel by general manager Omar Minaya several hours after the Mets had beaten the Los Angeles Angels, 9-6, for their third victory in four games.
“I am very disappointed that I was not able to fulfill my dream of winning a world championship with this team,” Randolph said. “I will miss my players.”
Randolph did not take questions about the manner in which he was fired.
Pitching coach Rick Peterson, who along with first base coach Tom Nieto was also fired, took no questions but issued a statement thanking owner Fred Wilpon and son Jeff Wilpon, the club’s chief operating officer.
“I appreciated the opportunity (the Wilpons) gave me,” Peterson said. “They welcomed me into their home, and sometimes homes go through renovations.
“I am the hardwood floor that is being ripped out and replaced with Tuscany tile. Hopefully, the Tuscany tile will do better than the hardwood tile. … I am walking out of here in peace.”
Minaya will address the media this afternoon in a press conference at the stadium.