This was Mike Dee's response to the media after Byrnes' canning:
"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play, Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today."
He actually said that.
"Consistently competes for post-season play" is as good as saying "we want to be kinda good on a regular basis." I would think a guy in his position could measure his words a little better. He's got to know a statement like that will ring hollow.
Add to that, "the results on the field have been mixed?" I think a lot of us would giddily chainsaw the chips off our shoulders for mixed results.
Don't you wish, just once, management would tell it like it is? If Dee had simply said something like, "Look we've been terrible this year. Everyone is trying their darnedest to turn things around, but it's just not happening. Sometimes moves like this just need to be made," the honesty would soften the sting of our play a little.