Do you feel it in the air Mets fans ? It’s excitement, it’s positivity, it’s the ” Never Say Die Mets !!!” And we have Terry Collins to thank for it.
I know at this time last season , the Mets were over .500 and generating a bit of noise, but it was self evident that then manager, Jerry Manuel was managing to save his skin. Even then Jerry still was making bonehead move after bonehead move. Whether it was having Mike Jacobs bat fourth, or utilizing Gary Matthews Jr as his primary outfielder on a daily basis – even the decision to bring up Jenrry Mejia – and bury him in middle relief reeked of a manager which I referred to as ” Dead Manuel Walking” !
Terry Collins in my opinion is the Anti Manuel. Whereas Jerry was laid back or resigned in his demeanor – Collins is intense and isn’t afraid to mince words.
Collins, a man with the reputation of having a short fuse, as well not being a players manager has shown that he has grown since his last Major League managers job with the Angels. He keeps his dirty laundry with players in house instead of throwing players under the bus in public – unlike Jerry who made that a daily habit whether it was John Maine or Jose Reyes.
Terry has made some managerial mistakes , don’t get me wrong but I think he is a better tactician than Jerry ever was, and this team is playing hard for him.
Some people could argue that Manuel was managing with a short roster. Well last I checked David Wright, Chris Young, Ike Davis – and oh yeah JOHAN SANTANA are on the shelf. There are more players that started the season in Buffalo on this team in the starting line up right now than players that were on Opening Day roster.
It is a testament to Collins – a man who has been ( and in some circles is still) seen as a stop gap manager.
All I can say is that if given the proper roster of players -a nd a chance, it is quite possible he might be the man to lead the Mets to a championship – Unlike Manuel who pretty much brought us that laugh !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
Original Mets outfielder, Frank Thomas is 82 (1929). He was the first true power hitter the Mets had. In his first season with the Mets he belted 34 homers – a Mets record that stood until Dave Kingman broke it in 1975 with 36.
The spark plug for this team – shortstop, José Reyes is 28 (1983) Please re-sign him – NOW !!!!
Sadly on this date in 2007, former Mets bullpen coach from ’84-’87, Vern Hoscheit passed away.
The New York Mets traded shortstop, Tony Fernandez to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder, Darrin Jackson on June 11, 1993. When the Mets obtained Fernandez from the San Diego Padres for pitcher, Wally Whitehurst, outfielder, D.J Dozier and catcher Raul Casanova , they though they were getting a perennial all star infielder. Instead they got a malcontent of a player that we had not seen since Richie Hebner. Jackson turned out to be a washed up shell of the player he once was while Fernandez reverted back to his previous form.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Paul Gibson on June 11, 1993. Mets fans everywhere yawned.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Danny Graves on June 11, 2005. Graves finished his lone season as a Met with no record – but a E.R.A of 5.75 in 20.1 innings pitched.
Mo Vaughn hated Terry Collins but loves Jerry Manuel – GO FIGURE !!!