As the champagne flowed in the visitors' clubhouse of Wrigley Field last night, the Mets spoke of what has been—so far!—a miraculous season, culminating in a 4-0 National League Championship Series win over the favored Chicago Cubs.
Here's what they had to say.
People kind of giggled at us and laughed at us when we proclaimed we were going to be a playoff team. I am pretty sure we were underdogs going into the L.A. series, pretty sure we were underdogs in the Chicago series. To go out there and win it with this group of guys and prove everybody else wrong, I kind of hate that cliche, but it feels really good. We knew had a good team in spring training and we backed it up.
Every day in rehab, I dreamt about this moment. Not just this moment and getting here, but winning it. We’re in the World Series. I can’t believe I’m saying it. I can’t believe it’s here.
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Terry Collins on keeping the team level through the season:
I’m standing there in the dugout in the ninth inning and I’m just looking at all the guys and thinking, ‘How did they do it?’ How did they keep it together? How did they stay focused?
There were some tremendous peaks and huge valleys. To keep them motivated and level-headed through the whole season takes a lot of work by the coaching staff and the veterans did a tremendous job.
Read more about Terry Collins's long road to the World Series in the New York Post.
Lucas Duda on the faith from the manager and general manager, despite his playoff struggles:
It was definitely nice to finally contribute, especially to a win, a series-clinching win. It means everything to me that Terry had the faith in me to not turn to someone else. He easily could have done that. And the guys have been so supportive. It’s all about winning for me and I would’ve understood if Terry made a switch. But it was a huge vote of confidence from him, and I’m glad I could come through tonight.
We came into this season a little bit of an underdog, we washed away all those doubts that people had about us. And it was unbelievable challenge as a team but we came together and that made all the difference. As pitchers we came together on the mound as well, and we all believe in one another. And I was able to go out there and have the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.
Noah Syndergaard also said he was "100 percent" sure the Mets would win the World Series.
Owner Fred Wilpon:
I must tell you I want to thank the players. They have been awesome right from spring training; they knew what they wanted to do, and they went out and did it. This group of young men are of the greatest character that I’ve ever seen on a team. They play for each other, they root for each other, and I’m tremendously proud of them.
COO Jeff Wilpon:
Watching the fans like this — this is what I’m getting the most kick out of and the most fun, watching the fans enjoy this. We got four more wins now. Four more.