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This Week in Mets Quotes: Your 2017 New York Mets

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 2017 New York Mets

"It's time to pile on." -Terry Collins on local media reports criticizing, among other things, his bullpen usage this season [MLB]

“This has been a tremendous run, had a great time, it’s been a wonderful experience. I owe the Wilpons, (owner) Fred, (COO) Jeff, and Saul (Katz) — Jeff Wilpon brought me here and I thank him. We shared a lot of things. Unless you sit in this chair you don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and Jeff Wilpon has been behind me from day one and I thank him for that. I think the world of Fred. We have dinner together, we talk baseball together, we love it. Sandy (Alderson) I owe so much to, to give me another chance. We had a good run. This was one of those years you want to forget and I will tomorrow and look forward to opportunities ahead.” –Terry Collins [New York Daily News]

“He took us from a situation where there were real questions about the organization, about the team and took us to the apex of a World Series. And for that together with the two playoff appearances we will all be tremendously grateful.” –Sandy Alderson [New York Daily News]

“When I got this job, I said: ‘I’m gonna enjoy it; I’m gonna enjoy it more than I did the other jobs.’ The other jobs were work. The other jobs I thought I had something to prove. I don’t think I had that here. I just said: ‘Look, I’m going to manage this team the best I can, and take what happens.’” –Terry Collins [New York Times]

“It’s been a lot of fun, and when it’s over, it’s over I’ll walk out with my head up. It’s been a great experience. And I’ll tell you, as you know, this is not Riverside, Calif., by any stretch of the imagination. This is an intense place, and second’s never good enough.” –Terry Collins [New York Times]

“[The leaks questioning Terry Collins came] a point that I frankly take to heart all the time,” said, who heads up the franchise’s baseball operations. I’m the leader of this group. I feel responsible for every aspect of its operation, particularly in those areas where we may fall short.” –Sandy Alderson [Newsday]

“Players are supposed to be accountable. To me, being accountable is putting a name on a quote and looking in the mirror instead of pointing fingers. Seems like an easy way out to blame someone else. Just my opinion. TC’s office is 10 feet from our clubhouse. He makes himself available. If you are a player [and are unhappy] go knock on the door and talk to him.” –David Wright [New York Post]

“Terry and I had a great relationship. It’s one of those deals where you hate to see that.… You would like to see people, if they do have a problem, approach him about it, talk to him about it, and not let it out through the media. But losing causes a lot of that stuff. If they’re back in the playoffs this year, have a good season, no one’s talking about any of it. It’s an unfortunate situation, but the reality of it is it’s sports and it’s kind of part of the game. It sounds like he’s going to stay with the team in the front office and help guys prepare as far as the minor leaguers go, so I wish him the best with that.” –Jay Bruce [New York Daily News]

"With Terry's departure as manager, we felt that was an appropriate time at that level to change directions if you will. Given the state of our pitching this year, the fact that we were changing managers, we felt it was important at least at this point to go in a new direction with respect to the pitching." –Sandy Alderson [NJ]

"It's kind of been a continuous struggle all year. It was one of those games that the shoulder, I don't think is quite back to full strength." –Matt Harvey [MLB]

"Obviously they went through a lot of injuries this year, but I have a lot of respect for him, the way he goes about the game and I think he's extremely knowledgeable. I think he's a great baseball man and whatever happens to him, I will always pull for him." –Joe Girardi [NJ]

“I don’t have any answers or I would have tried ’em. But you’ve just got to figure out a way to keep them on the field. Ultimately, you’ve got to keep your good players healthy, your good pitchers, even if it means skipping ’em or shutting ’em down for two weeks, whatever it might be. There’s gotta be something the industry can come up with because people pay a lot of money to see the good players. That’s why they come to the ballpark, to see the stars — and when they’re sitting in the clubhouse in the Whirlpool, it doesn’t work.” –Terry Collins [New York Times]

“Any seven-year relationship has its ups and downs, OK? I’ve been married for 47 years. It doesn’t mean that my wife and I have to agree on anything. It doesn’t mean I haven’t slammed the door and walked out and taken a walk from time to time. But ultimately, the tenure, the success that [Collins has] had, to me, it speaks for itself. There’s always going to be disagreements from time to time. That’s inevitable if you have more than one person thinking creatively and constructively about what’s best for the organization.” –Sandy Alderson [Newsday]