As a Met fan - I'm embarrassed. That's about all I can say.
I can understand why Willie got fired - he never got the team to recover from last year's epic collapse - see level II.
The team has vastly underacheived this year with the amount of talent they have - espically considering they have all the key pieces from being one game away from the world series two years ago, and killing everyone last year until the last 3 weeks of the season - and they added Johan Santana - one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. Something had to give here, especially in New York where to media and fan pressure was turned up to high. Fans have been chanting "fire Willie" at Shea.
With all that said - why fire him at 3am, in Los Angeles (errr Anaheim)? It just makes no sense at all - I've never heard of anything like it. It makes my beloved Mets seem like a low-class, low-rent organization. Not only is it just a bad way to do business, it gives the media fodder to run with the crazy way they fired him instead of the reasons why.