A tip of the orange-and-blue cap to our friend Matt Cerrone at Metsblog for posting this email from Terry Collins today:
“With our 2011 opener tonight in Florida, I want to make this pledge to Mets fans: our team will play the game the right way. We will always hustle on the bases, run balls down in the outfield and never take anything for granted, no matter the score of the game. We had a great Spring Training. From day one my message has been look ahead, not backward, and not to worry about what the people outside the clubhouse are saying. If we pitch and play defense like I know we can, we will surprise a lot of people, a lot of people. It’s been 12 years since I have started a season as a major league manager. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be leading the New York Mets and am very excited about the season ahead. Thanks for your support and see you at Citi Field.”
After the way the Mets almost went out of their way to play the game the wrong way last year–on and off the field–one can simply hope that this email is not a cruel April Fool’s Day joke.
But seriously folks, it is the beginning of a new year, and hope does indeed spring eternal. This writer was happy to see Collins selected, as the feeling here was that a very different direction was needed from on-field leadership, and that he was one of the best choices to provide that.
May that spring hope stretch out into summer and fall.
Let’s go Mets!