"I don’t have any words for it. I’ve had some good teams, with good players. But I’ve never been on a team where each and every guy wants to do his part." —Terry Collins [New York Times]
So who were the guys who didn’t think the Mets were still okay?
"The clubhouse, it's got a different atmosphere in there. The other day obviously we lost two big pieces. But the first word out of the majority of the guys' mouths is that we're still OK." —Terry Collins [Newsday]
Feels good man.
"In each ballgame, no matter what happens I feel somebody is going to come through. It’s a really cool feeling to have." —Daniel Murphy [New York Post]
Even Juan Lagares is amazed by Juan Lagares.
"I really don’t know how I made that catch. It was really hard." —Juan Lagares [New York Times]
Probably should go with the my account was hacked excuse.
"@Mets24seven @RisingAppleBlog I'm sure you call in sick to your pathetic 9-5 job all the time. Or you might not even have one." —Noah Syndergaard [Twitter]
No surprise here.
"I don't get the rule." —Terry Collins on the catcher interference call against the Mets [Mets.com]
"If I play it any differently I'm basically giving them the run. I'm trying to understand. It just doesn't make sense to me. I don't know what I'm supposed to do. I'm supposed to make a play on the ball. The ball was thrown right there. I don't know where else I'm supposed to go, other than right there. Not to mention he did eventually get to the plate, even though I tagged him before he got there. To me, that means he obviously had some way to get there." —Anthony Recker [Mets.com]
But let’s get AJ Pierzynski's unbiased opinion on the matter.
"As a runner, I just knew there was nowhere for me to go. I've said from Day 1 that I hate the rule. Two years ago, it would have been a collision. I would have run him over. But as a baserunner, we're not programmed or wired anymore to do that." —AJ Pierzynski [Mets.com]
Dominican Smack Talk
"I thank Pierzynski for taking off and making it a lot easier." —Bartolo Colon on his unassisted pick off [MLB.com]
Isn’t this like exactly the type of the manager has to do?
"[Terry Collins] brought me in the other day and he said you’re gonna bust out of it, and I really appreciated that because he didn’t have to do that." —Daniel Murphy said. [ESPN]
I’m having trouble picturing Lucas Duda being excited.
Love the Mets?
"It’s a lot of fun to be a Met." —Daniel Murphy [New York Post]
Love the Mets.
"I think we’re a good team, plain and simple. We pitch well. [And] I think we still have something to offer on the offensive side of things. I don’t think we’re clicking offensively like we’re capable of." —Michael Cuddyer [ESPN]
For all the talk about Gee being the weak link in the rotation and moving him, it’s easy to forget that he’s an actual person.
"I've tended to bottle things up my entire life. I don't talk much about stuff. And it can wear on you. I mean, as strong as I try to be, stuff can wear on you. It was just nice to have a sounding board for a little bit and just air things out and turn the page and, hey, let's go." —Dillon Gee [ESPN]
Wait, that’s Gee’s nickname?
"[Dillon Gee’s] been a little frustrated with the whole scenario -- the wintertime, spring training, all he's had to do. And he said to me, 'Hey, it's time for me to go pitch. It's time for me to go out and pitch, and pitch my kind of baseball, which I know I can do.’ I said, 'Dill, you don't owe anybody any explanations. You deserve this chance. You deserve to be in this rotation. You've just got to go do your job.'" —Terry Collins [ESPN]
"To show what kind of guy Travis is, he was probably one of the first texts I got when I got the news I was coming up here. He just told me that I was ready, and just to play my game and trust myself. We actually got dinner last night and went over a few things already. He's definitely going to be here for me. And I appreciate that." —Kevin Plawecki [ESPN]
…and classy response to a baiting question.
"That thought [of Plawecki taking d’Arnaud’s job] honestly hasn't even come into my head. Like I said, it's about playing for the name on the front, playing for the city. That's what we're all here for, to win a championship." —Travis d’Arnaud [Newsday]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
"Noah. When is he going to meet expectations? The league is not an excuse for basically not being an MLB pitcher. Too bad. We could have moved him for something goos." —marclend2002
AA Quotes of the Week
"They're still shitty." —Help!I'maRock!