“This team has been accused of folding it up,” Collins said. “I disagree with that. I disagreed when I heard it. I know those guys in that locker room. I know what they’re made of. I know what their personalities are. And when you don’t hit, it looks like you don’t care. That’s just the nature of the game. When you don’t hit, there’s no action going on. It looks like you’ve folded it up. And they have not.
“They’re going to play it out. There’s guys playing for jobs. There’s guys playing for careers. And there’s still a lot of fight. Hopefully in the next 34 games, or 33 games — whatever we’ve got left – we’ll see it.”
Yesterday before the Mets defeated the Phillies by the score of 9-5, it was reported that Terry Collins still felt that they had a good chance of finishing in third place. Well as more than likely heard the outrage on the radio or on Twitter of Terry’s comments.
If you have been living under a rock as of yesterday, it seems there is a segment of loyal Mets fans that would rather see the Mets tank the season just to get a better position in next years amateur draft. That is all well and good but you can see why Terry is in a tough spot.
If Terry decides to manage the team like Jerry Manuel did he will be labeled a quitter. If he tries to wring out every ounce of effort from this team he is wasting his time.
So I ask this question – ” since when is finishing in third place at or above .500 a bad thing ?” I would rather see this team improve in record and in the final standing by the seasons end than wallowing in self pity hoping that the next season could be the season this team crawls out of the primordial ooze and evolves into a respected team .
Yes I thought last nights game was as good as over once Ryan Howard blasted that grand slam in the first inning – but the Mets clawed back to win – and not just win – they scored 9 runs which has been unheard of as of late.
This team is far from dead – will they adhere to Terry’s new mantra of “third place or bust” ? That remains to be seen. But I don’t know about you but I would rather see a team that is playing for pride than a team that is a self pitying mess.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever from the ’85 season, Bill Latham is 52 (1960). He was the throw in player which saw Billy Beane traded to the Minnesota Twins for Tim Teufel.
Reserve outfielder from the ’82 season, Rusty Tillman is 52 (1960).
Mets reserve catcher from the forgettable ’10 season, Henry Blanco is 41 (1971).
Sadly on this date in 2001, Mets pitcher from ’65-’68, Dick Selma passed away. In his 4 seasons as a Met, Selma compiled a record of 17-21 with an E.R.A of 3.16.
Mo Vaughn can proudly say that he never quit during his tenure as a Met. Truth is he never TRIED !!!