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This Week in Mets Quotes: Jay Bruce’s thoughts on Tebow, Collins says my fault

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

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Your 2016 New York Mets: Our fans should come out and see what happens.

"You can't get too [upset] because you didn't lose any ground. We didn't drop out. We're still right where we are. And we're going home in the Wild Card hunt. Our fans should be excited. It's the last homestand. Our fans should come out and see what happens." -Terry Collins [Mets]

The words ‘hindsight’ and ‘Jay Bruce’ appear regularly on AA, also ‘foresight’.

"I didn't feel like I had a pitch that I could handle. I swung at two borderline pitches early, then he threw a front-door two-seamer to strike me out. Hindsight, I probably should have tried to take at least the first pitch, and see what happened. But they were all borderline. I feel like he made good pitches." –Jay Bruce striking out with the bases loaded [Mets]

There’s literally no one else.

"I've talked to [Jay Bruce] at length about it and one of the things he's done over his entire career is played through things. He's been an everyday guy. He's never been a guy who sits very much, so he has the ability to fight through it. We talked here about he's probably missed more playing time here than he has anywhere. So I said, 'Look, we're going to run you in there this week and see if we can get you started.’ It's going to be hard. I'm not going to make any excuses, but who do we [have] that's going really good that we can stick in there? If you take [Bruce] out, you'd better have someone you're confidence can get the job done." –Terry Collins [NJ]

I like picturing TJ concerned if he looks cool or not after hitting a game winning HR.

“Did I look like I’d done it before? That was good. I was trying to keep my cool.” –TJ Rivera [New York Post]

This is a fair minimum requirement.

“This is the big leagues and I think when [Montero] take[s] the mound at the major-league level, there are expectations, and one is to trust your stuff and throw the ball over the plate.” - Terry Collins [Newsday]

Probably should’ve cared less about who they won games against earlier in the year.

"For us, it's about winning games. I don't care who they're against. We've just got to go in and win as many as we can." –Terry Collins [Mets]

Does Cespedes have a comment about his grand slam?

"He's going to let his bat do the talking" –A Team Spokesman [Mets]


“I should have run for [Flores] there. I was trying to get the pitching set up … my fault.” –Terry Collins [Daily News]

Also, my coach asked me to do too much.

“Home plate was open and I saw it open and my first thought was head slide so I avoid a tag. But when I was head sliding [Pierzynski] got the ball and he ran right into me. One of those plays, where I really want to score, I tried to do too much, that’s why I got hurt.” –Wilmer Flores [Daily News]

AA needs to calm down, there was literally no other option.

“You’ve got to send [Flores] there.” –Terry Collins [Daily News]

Wally Backman has the floor.

“You want to be respected for what you do and I just felt for my time that I worked there, the respect wasn’t there. The things that went on this year really turned my head it was time to move on.” –Wally Backman [New York Post]

Wally, not getting the bench couch job, felt disrespected, Sandy you have the floor.

“That’s disrespectful? Yeah, right. OK.” –Sandy Alderson [New York Post]

Can Astromets confirm this?

“Conforto I had for 33 games and he started 31, one he didn’t start was the game he got sent down. He went 21-for-41 against left-handed pitching, hit .488 with three home runs. Whoever put that out there, they lied and that’s the part that [ticks] me off. In 90-plus games, [Nimmo] hit first or second 81 times. I did whatever I was told. Whoever said it, to say something like that for people to see and hear is just wrong.” --Wally Backman [New York Post]

“I was the one that called the Mets on James Loney. He told me he had a 24-hour out in his contract. I passed on that Rene Rivera was a good catch-and-throw guy. I sat with Jose Reyes for two hours.” -Wally Backman [New York Post]

Well, you did a great job, Wally.

“I don’t want to take up and be a sideshow while they’re in a playoff race, because every one of those guys in the big leagues has come through me.” -Wally Backmon [New York Post]

For those that can’t get enough Jay Bruce/Tim Tebow content.

"What are there, 300 other minor league guys? I don’t particularly care. Nothing against or for him. He’s become a number at this point. A lot of other guys are there working and trying to get to the major leagues and now he will be as well. He’s an athletic guy. I know baseball is a very hard sport. Ball doesn’t lie. I think everyone else will find out what kind of player he is soon enough." –Jay Bruce [NJ]

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“I have come to the point that I wish an injury upon Bruce. Nothing real bad of course, but you know something that keeps him on the DL for the rest of the season. I feel ashamed of having this wish, never felt this way before about any player in any sports but I see no other viable way to prevent this guy from stinking up at the plate because our dumbass coach won’t bench him.” -Knurk

AA Quote of the Week

“I hope he eats food that was on the floor for 6 seconds or more.” -Reflect

“I hope the zipper on his jacket gets stuck, and his headphones are short, and his charger don't work.” -eldoot7

“I hope he ends up in one of those situations where he and another person are trying to walk past each other but they both evade in the same direction thus wasting countless seconds and causing mental anguish for everyone.” -Reflect