This Week In Mets Quotes: Smell You Later, Chipper Jones

Lots of interesting, funny, idiotic, and insightful things were said by the Mets — and about them — over the past week. Here are some of our favorites.

I think we’re all enough of men to recognize we’ve seen something special

"Every major league ballpark is somewhat of a cathedral, but [Shea] holds a special place for me... I've played in some epic games in that ballpark, whether it's my first home run, whether it's the first game after 9/11, whether it's the grand-slam single that Ventura hit. I'm enough of a man to take a step back and realize when the other team does something special. It affects me as well. A lot of the memories I have of Shea Stadium aren't necessarily good ones, but I respect the fact some pretty amazing players did some pretty amazing things to our ballclub over the years." —Larry Jones [ESPN]

As a New Yorker, I believe City Boys are even more brash and cockier

"I don't think I enjoyed it as much as Rocker did. I'm one of those guys who likes to be liked. I care what people think about me. I care what people's image of me is. It's that whole Civil War thing -- North against South -- and all that. We were the country boys that were brash and cocky but very good and coming up here and playing well on the big stage. I think it was good for baseball." —Larry Jones [ESPN]

You get one, just try to pull a Favre on us

"It was cool. I heard a bunch of boos in there, smattered, but for once the cheers outnumbered the boos." —Larry Jones [New York Post]

No further comment necessary

“I think, [the first game after 9/11] was my fondest memory [at Shea.] That will be a game that will be etched in my memory forever. You're talking about two heated rivals. We didn't necessarily like each other all that much back then. And we got together before the game and we came together, grown men, shaking hands, giving hugs. I think we all knew as Braves that night we were in trouble, because we were not only playing a very good baseball team, but you just had the feeling God and every other baseball god was on New York's side that night. And the matinee idol, Mike Piazza, ends up hitting the storybook homer that sent everyone home feeling great, feeling wonderful. We had done our jobs as baseball players to entertain people, but we had gone, I feel, above and beyond just the normal day's work in that we owed it to the City of New York and the Northeast United States to help heal a little bit, help take people's minds off of a terrible tragedy for a couple of hours. And it was a riveting game from start to finish… I guess when you hear Bobby Cox's reaction after the game, and knowing Bobby the way I do and as intense as he was and how he wanted to win every single inning, every single pitch of a game, even he admitted after the game it was as it should be." —Larry Jones [ESPN]

2012 Mets fans - Supporting Larry while telling players on their own to team to kill themselves

"You can’t say enough about the fans in New York this year, they’ve been awfully supportive, both in person, out on the field, on Twitter." —Larry Jones [New York Post]

Finally, a perfect example of why, more than any other player, it was pleasure hating Larry Jones

“They're posers. It started here. That's what I always say to people outside New York: 'get your own nickname. That started somewhere else. It's not even yours. The Mets fans should have a patent on it. ... Mets fans can be trend-setters. If some guy walks up and calls me Larry in the streets in Cincinnati, I'm more liable to fuzz up at that because he doesn't even know me well enough to call me Larry. When we're here, it's expected. It's funny." —Larry Jones [New York Daily News]

If he shows this much loyalty to agents alleged in supply players with performance enhancing drugs; hopefully he will to owners who question their players star status

“I have known these guys since I was 18. The only thing I have to go off of is the way they have represented me the last 12 years [and] the integrity that I have seen firsthand that they have for the game. ... I talked to a few different people from the union and I have to talked to the guys over there [the Levinsons] plenty of times, just to hear their side of the story. They have been great to me. So I think they've been going through a rough time and I've made my decision that I'm going to be loyal to them." —David Wright [New York Daily News]

By the way, he’s talking about a game where he gave up 1 run and struck out 10

"My curveball was not very good. I think I threw one for a strike. It's not acceptable. My slider was flat. The changeup was probably my best pitch. There's a few I let go that were up in the zone, but for the most part it was down and I was able to throw it pretty consistently." —Matt Harvey [ESPN]

Personally, I would want a couple more starts to see if he competes during the game

"I don't think there's any more that I need to see. There's always room for improvement, as we know. You'd really like to see him have great command of his curveball -- locate it wherever he wants to. But he has shown us so much on the mental side, his determination to be great, his approach to being great, his competitiveness. I know you guys, when you talk to him, you can probably feel it and see it a little bit, but during the game, he competes." —Terry Collins [ESPN]

Couldn’t the same be said about Ike Davis to an extent

"The one thing we've got to do is we've got to start seeing Lucas Duda on a daily basis. I think it's important at this time of year to take a look at some guys who are certainly going to have a chance to be in the middle of your lineup in the future. So we've got to see what we can get out of him." —Terry Collins on playing Duda at 1st base [ESPN]

Personally, the mental image of the 2001 Mets dugout with their responder hats on is enough that I don’t have a strong opinion on if they should continue to wear them during games

"Basically, we got what we asked for. We asked [MLB] to wear them during BP and for the anthem, and they gave us what we wanted. Our guys honored 9/11 people in other ways. We went to about four firehouses, we went to Cantor Fitzgerald today. So there are other ways to honor. We did a lot of things in the last week or two, which we've done for the last 11 years." —Jay Horowitz [Newsday]

Glad you’re being honest

"We're trying to win games, to be honest." —Terry Collins [ESPN]

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