You've got to admit... the Mets got pretty lucky with their timing.
Oh it was premeditated of course that they would fly Willie out to Anaheim, have him manage one game and then fire him after it was too late to make the morning papers.
But in terms of the sports cycle, over the last few days you've had the thrilling NBA Finals, Tiger Woods' amazing US Open "Overtime is not enough" sudden death win, you have the Yankees ace possibly out for the year.
Lots of stories to occupy the back page while you treat Willie like he was Fredo in a rowboat saying his Hail Marys.
Oh sure the outraged columns are coming out now... but it is literally yesterday's news.
Machiavelli would have been proud.