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This Week in Mets Quotes: Bartolo on returning to the Mets, Braves GM on signing Tebow

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

New York Mets v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Your 2016 New York Mets: You just never know.

"Tonight was a big game for us to have. We weren't supposed to win it. We had a rookie pitching. We have a rookie pitching tomorrow night. But that's why it's a great game—you just never know." -Terry Collins [MLB]

It’s too early to be scoreboard watching.

“There is still a lot of baseball left. We have to continue to win series that is going to be the key for us the last [22] games.” –Jose Reyes [New York Post]

Party like its 2015.

"I said it back in New York, the way the team's playing lately reminds me of last year." -Yoenis Cespedes [Mets]

I hate the Braves so much.

"There's no risk. If it doesn't work, we'll be honest with Tim [Tebow] early, and we can move on. If it does work, it's great for the Braves and it's great for baseball." –Braves GM John Coppolella [SI]

Harvey would’ve been killed in the media for saying this.

“I would be lying if I said the heat didn’t get to me a bit and the early start time wasn’t the best, but you’ve just got to go out there and pitch your game.” –Noah Syndergaard [New York Post]

I like the attitude, but this quote kind of fell apart at the end.

“Our guys are completely focused on what they’ve got to do and how they have got to go about it. I thought we showed that when [Cincinnati] came back with three runs [in the eighth]. We got a guy on base and got another big hit. There is no question, we’re in our own world right now.” –Terry Collins [New York Post]

I like the attitude, but this quote kind of fell apart at the end.

"We need every one we can at this point. Every game means the same to us. We can't worry about who we're playing, where we're playing, when we're playing. We just have to play and win games as the Mets." –Jay Bruce [Mets]

But Jay Bruce isn’t playing well when not in Cincinnati either.

“We saw a similar situation early in the year when we were in Pittsburgh with [Neil] Walker. There’s so much, so many people that want a minute and so much to do and there’s a little extra pressure going back to someplace you have been for a long time.” –Terry Collins [New York Post]

Please let us have a guy like this next year, too.

"When you're a star, that's what they do. We can go back, we can go back three or four years ago, I looked up every night and David [Wright] was getting a big hit. That's what they do. You look at the Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, he comes up big a lot. That's what Ces does. That's what they're for, in the middle of the lineup. Those guys, they come through when you need them." - Terry Collins [Mets]

Living the dream.

"It's something that I dreamed of my whole life and as a kid coming up, obviously you want to play in the big leagues. It's a dream right now." –Gavin Cecchini [Mets]

I really think fans overstate how much Collins leans on veterans, it’s not like he’s ignoring the younger players…oh.

"The only thing I can do is just be ready whenever my name's called. It's just be ready to help the team win. I don't know, I haven't even went in to [Collins'] office and told him that I'm here, I haven't even talked to him. All I know is that I'm going to be prepared and ready to help this team whichever way I can." –Gavin Cecchini [Mets]

Give him a lifetime contract.

"If they gave me the opportunity, I would be delighted to come back." –Bartolo Colon [ESPN]

Is next season the final season?

"Who knows? Next year could be my last." –Bartolo Colon [ESPN]

Replace ‘pitch’ with ‘live’.

“If you don’t learn stuff by watching [Colon] pitch, you’ve wasted your time here.” -Terry Collins [New York Post]

For those wondering how rough going from Sunday Night Baseball in NYC to a day game the next day in Cincinnati.

“There’s certainly some guys that’s going to be a tough test for them. We’ll have to wait to see what happens. … But we’ve got to be smart. Fatigue leads to problems. … No. 1, it’s the time frame we’re going to have. Are we going to get in there at 3 in the morning or are we going to get in there at 4:30? You’re still talking about rest. We’ve still got to get to the ballpark by 11:30 just go get the blood flowing, get the guys out there and loosen them up, ready to play. We’ve got to somehow make sure there’s at least a little period of time where they’re going to get some rest.” -Terry Collins [New York Post]

Wilmer Flores will be there for you.

“I don’t know, I just can’t stop watching [Friends]. On the road and at home every day I don’t want to watch anything else. I don’t know why, there’s something about that show. I’ve seen them all. I know them all. It was fun listening to that song out there and everybody was clapping.” –Wilmer Flores [New York Post]

In case anyone was wondering…

“It was pretty awesome. It was crazy, a lot of fun.” –Seth Lugo [Daily News]

…if our rookie starters are having fun.

“I’m definitely proud of myself. I’ve come a long way to get here. My work is not done yet. I just have to keep going out there and have fun.” -Robert Gsellman [New York Times]

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“Bunch of fucking hypocrites. Yeah, you let Daniel Murphy walk at least partially because you don’t like that he wears his Christian conservatism on his sleeve…… AND YOU TURN AROUND AND SIGNTHIS @SSHOLE?!?!?!?!?!?!? The Wilpons deserve to be relentlessly attacked and derided for this decision. What a bunch of fucking clowns.” -CTTribe73 on his thoughts of the Mets signing Tim Tebow to a minor league deal

AA Quote of the Week

“Remind me never again to say "the season is over" in late July. I’ve done that each of the last 2 years.” -Greenpoint Ian