With everything that has gone on within the Mets universe these past 72 hours, I did not expect a win last night. If anything almost everything that could go wrong did. Mike Pelfrey had one of his typical meltdowns, as did the the one lights out bullpen. But the bats of the Mets didn’t get the memo to give up. Instead they rallied back from a 8-4 deficit to beat the San Diego Padres by the score of 9-8.
I think Terry Collins needs to be awarded the game ball for last nights win. Yes I know Angel Pagan, Jason Bay and David Wright all launched home runs, and Lucas Duda Drove in the winning runs in the bottom of the ninth, but we all know that if Jerry Manuel was still managing this squad, they would have conceded defeat back in the sixth inning.
Go back before the season started – back to when Collins was named the manager of the Mets. There was a big outcry that he was not the right man for the job. He hadn’t managed in the big leagues in over 10 years. He had problems motivating his players, and there were insurrections that led to his resignation with the Angels , and his termination with the Astros. Many people thought this was a misstep by newly coronated general manager, Sandy Alderson.
Well after a dismal 5-13 start, Collins has been able to reverse the fortunes of this team. Will they challenge the Phillies for the pennant ? We all know the reality that that answer is no – and it looks as though the Wild Card is out of our reach also. But Collins has instilled discipline , as well as a sense of urgency to this team.
Back in ’09 while Manuel was still the manager- Delgado, Reyes , Santana and Wright went down due to injuries, the team folded like a old suit. This year the list of the players who have been sidelined due to injuries- including the recently added Murphy and Reyes has rivaled that of the ’09 team. This team with the exception of Wright and Bay, have lost their most consistent bats- yet the still go out there and play tooth and nail until the last out is recorded.
Collins has taken a roster that has a few stars, but is mostly made up of AAAA players, faded stars and never will be stars, and has made them over achieve. This team as it stands now ( had it been the Opening Day roster) should play under .500 ball. But here they are at exactly .500. They have missed their power hitting first baseman for most of the season, their start shortstop has been sidelined twice due to hamstring injury. Their All-Star third baseman just came off the D.L after a 2 month absence, and the Ace of the rotation probably won’t even throw a pitch in the big leagues this season. Yet they believe – as do I that they will finish over .500 this season.
That is testament to Terry Collins – who’s contract I feel should be extended this off-season. He has shown that he can handle this team. He is used to dealing with adversity. And he has shown that he can handle both this team – as well as the media !
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Today would have marked the 69th birthday of Mets outfield legend ,Tommie Agee (1942).I had the distinct honor of meeting Mr. Agee on more than one occasion. He was always very generous with his time, and was always friendly, eager to sign a ball with you or take a photo – unlike many ballplayers today.
Mets bullpen coach from ’94-’96, Steve Swisher is 60 (1951). His son is none other than New York Yankee outfielder, Nick Swisher.
Spot Starter/long reliever from ’99-’00, Pat Mahomes is 41 (1970). He is one of the unsung heroes from those pitching staffs. His combined record was 13-3 with a E.R.A of 4.74.
Mo Vaughn was spotted at Citi Field last night- He was selling peanuts in section 537 !