Let’s hear about this Mets’ season from the two guys who have seen more Mets games than anybody.
"You’re oblivious to your fatigue this time of year, your adrenaline flow is constant and acute and it is as exciting as it gets in this business. Because baseball by its very nature is a daily production, a daily soap opera, and right now you just can’t wait for the next episode. At least I can’t." —Howie Rose [New York Post]
"You never know what you’re going to see when you broadcast a game, but a player in tears on the field for me was unprecedented. I think it was a very relatable moment for everyone that was watching. I think it bonded the team to the fans and this particular player in a way that I’ve never seen before." —Gary Cohen [New York Post]
"When we left the park the day after the rain-delayed Padres game, it was kind of hard to conceive that we would be where we are at just one month later. That’s the most remarkable part of this whole thing. We are talking about as drastic a turnaround as I have ever seen — and that includes 1969 and 1973." —Howie Rose [New York Post]
"It feels very similar to what Shea felt like in ’06, ’07 and ’08." —David Wright [New York Post]
…Oh, that’s much better.
"It’s very similar, but the team is different. Back then, the team was a lot more veteran and we relied heavily on offense. Now, it’s the opposite, where I think we have a very good offensive team and we can go out and win games offensively occasionally, but we’re going to lean on our pitching very heavily. I’ve been around long enough to know that excites me." —David Wright [New York Post]
Not a great introduction to your new fan base…
"To be 100 percent honest with you, I’ve never followed the Mets or even paid attention to them up until about 30 hours ago. Obviously with [television], you know what they’re doing this year and that there’s something special going on here. I’m glad I could be a part." —Addison Reed [New York Post]
…boom, nailed it.
"I didn’t feel anything. It’s one of those where it comes right off, and right on the barrel. You barely feel it at all." —Michael Conforto on his HR [New York Times]
Jordany Valdespin just got cut maybe he learned his lesson.
"Some guys come in here and they’re loud, a lot more talking than they are listening and [Conforto’s] the opposite. He’s an excellent player, a great person, one of those young guys who gets it." —David Wright [New York Post]
A 166 wRC+ might help that ‘trusting you belong.’
"It’s trusting I belong here and that’s a whole lot easier when you got big leaguers helping you out, that’s the way it is, and having that confidence slows your inner clock down and lets you do your job." —Michael Conforto [New York Post]
Bartolo on his hitting.
"I'm really happy for that one, to accomplish that, my own personal record. Now I’m going to keep working hard to see if I can break my own record and establish a new record, eight hits." —Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
Bartolo on his pitching.
"More than anything, I did it because the bullpen needed help, I did it for the team. I’m here for the team -- I’m here to pitch and help the team win, whatever it takes… I’ll pitch anywhere they need me" —Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
Silver lining being that possibly Lagares signature all around defense can rebound.
"I will take the responsibility [attempting to preserve Lagares’ elbow by instructing him to ration his full-throttle throws.] I’m the one guy in spring training who said, ‘We cannot blow this guy out — he’s too big, too important,’ and therefore all of a sudden one of the most important parts of his game was gone, was missing. And I think it changed the way he plays the game a little bit." —Terry Collins on Lagares playing a torn ligament in his right elbow, which could necessitate Tommy John surgery [New York Post]
Maybe it feels 100% but it’s not acting 100%.
"Let’s see what happens, because the season is not over yet. But right now it feels 100 percent. I don’t feel anything. That’s something I really don’t think about right now, because I feel normal." —Juan Lagares [New York Post]
$23 million through 2019 says of course he’s still the future.
"[Juan Lagares] is still the future here. You take some things you’ve got to get better at and you’ve got to work at them. You’ve got to work at handling right-handed pitching." —Terry Collins [New York Post]
"I'll probably use [Bobby Parnell] in lower-leverage situations right now just to get him out there and try to get him to relax a little bit." —Terry Collins [ESPN]
This Steve Serby/Curtis Granderson interview is bizarre…
"Q: You’re one of the most polished, politically correct athletes I’ve ever dealt with. Now say something controversial.
A: Let’s see … I can probably go with … I had this conversation with people — if we landed on the moon, how come we’ve never been back? I think there might be some conspiracy stuff to that.
Q: You do?
A: We haven’t been back, it’s been  years, technology’s all gotten better, and I’ve actually looked that one up a little bit and saw something on the NASA website and it said something that that space shuttle that was made back then is no longer made any more. They’re making one now, but it costs $30 billion to be able to go there. And we’re constantly coming back, you always hear of spaceships landing: oh, so-and-so just got back from its mission … where’d they go, you know? No one else in the world has ever been, so…"
…just when you think this interview can't get worse.
"Q: More sex as a Yankee or Met?
A: (Smile) I had four years with the Yankees, I had more time, so … at the end of four years, I might be able to better answer that question." —Steve Serby and Curtis Granderson [New York Post]
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