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This Week in Mets Quotes: Lenny Dykstra wants Terry Collins fired, Wheeler doesn’t care about six-man rotation

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: We just need to do a better job.

"We just need to do a better job. We just need to do a better job when we get a chance to win a series or sweep a series or salvage a series. It's not like we're showing up here just trying to get through the day. We're showing up here trying to win." –Neil Walker [MLB]

Maybe this win will be the one that gets the Mets going…no wait, this is the win that will get…

“Hopefully this will get the ball rolling with us. We’ve had a lot of letdowns, but we still have a positive attitude in the clubhouse and maybe we’ll get things rolling now.” –Matt Reynolds [New York Post]

Is it?

“Right now, some pieces are there, and some pieces aren’t. We’re hitting and not pitching, or pitching and not hitting. At some point, it’s all going to come together.” –Michael Conforto [New York Times]

There were more reasons?

"[Matt Reynolds] never slowed down, and that's what you gotta do. That's one of the reasons why we ran him, in case there was some play where you just got to have a little extra step, and Matty did a nice job of going hard the whole way." –Terry Collins [MLB]

Better to be lucky than good.

"Big night for Jay, and we needed it. You looked up and you had two hits, and fortunately they were both home runs, so we're very, very lucky. He's really good, and we'll take a big night, enjoy our day off and get ready for Atlanta." –Terry Collins [Mets]

Good job by Bruce, being humble while protecting his teammates.

“I feel like the two mistakes [Darvish] made, he threw to me.” –Jay Bruce [New York Post]

G$ellman is all about money.

“I don’t care [about a six-man rotation]. I know some guys might have a problem with it because they are trying to get their numbers up and it’s all about the money. I just want to get through the season healthy” –Zack Wheeler [New York Post]

Well at least it’s just his location that’s off…

“Just location. I felt good the entire game. You score seven runs you should win the ballgame. From the first inning on I just kind of battled with location. Other than that it was just not my night.” –Matt Harvey [New York Times]


“I saw it in the second inning. [Harvey] threw one pitch and I asked Dan, ‘I hope that was a slider,’ and Dan said, ‘I think it was a fastball,’ and it was 90.” –Terry Collins [New York Times]

Let’s listen to a guy that was convicted of grand theft auto.

"Terry Collins has lost the team, and the players have no confidence. It's pretty obvious. It almost seems like he's managing from a textbook." –Lenny Dykstra [New York Daily News]

Terry Collins is all about making new friends instead of trying to win baseball games.

"[Howard Johnson’s] a great husband, a great father. HoJo never cussed, never took pills, never chased women. That's the exact kind of guy that fits the Mets. I think that's why Wally Backman never got the job. And this is not an attack on Terry Collins personally. He's probably a great guy. But we're not talking about making new friends. We're talking about winning games in the toughest city. He's not the guy." –Lenny Dykstra [New York Daily News]

Well, at least we can agree that Conforto is one of the Mets best hitters.

"Collins has done it all the wrong way. I'm curious to see what he does when (Yoenis) Cespedes comes back (from the disabled list). Does he move Conforto to the bench? He's only one of their best fucking hitters. The Mets need life, and I think the players are miserable. Dude, do fans want four more months of this misery? It's time to make the move." –Lenny Dykstra [New York Daily News]

Conversely, you just say ‘yes’.

“[Could Odubel Herrera be the leader of the next good Phillies team] My honest answer to that would be no because of a couple of things,” Schmidt told SportsRadio 94WIP. “First of all, it’s a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five American players and talk about the game. Or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game. Or come over to a guy and say, ‘Man, you gotta run that ball out.’ (He) just can’t be — because of the language barrier — that kind of a player.” –Mike Schmidt [New York Daily News]

Glad someone let Mike Schmidt know he needs to work on his language and leadership skills.

“It’s been made known to me that my answer ... was disrespectful to Herrera and Latin players in general. I’m very sorry that this misrepresentation of my answer occurred and may have offended someone. I assure everyone I had no intention of that. Odubel is a dynamo on the field, and as he becomes more comfortable with the language, his leadership skills will improve, and no doubt he will be a centerpiece in the Phillies’ future.” –Mike Schmidt [New York Daily News]

The Mets players react to Mike Schmidt’s comments:

“There are many ways to lead. David Wright is a leader because he’s here every day, he plays hard every play and he plays the game the right way. He is not a leader because he speaks English. I’ve always tried to do it that way, play every day, play hard. You don’t have to speak any language to do that.” –Jose Reyes [New York Daily News]

“Amed [Rosario’s] English is getting better and better and honestly here (at the major league level) I’ve never had a problem talking to anyone. It’s just not an issue.” –Michael Conforto [New York Daily News]

“La recta, el cambio. Alta, high, bajo, low, el dentro, inside….I have enough of it to get by out there. We meet each other halfway on this, as a teammate it’s important we learn to communicate with our teammates. And they work hard to learn English, but I don’t think it’s just on them to learn English. We all have to work at it.” –Travis d’Arnaud [New York Daily News]

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“Jay the Bruce! Brother of Robert. Sold much of his lands because he could not cover them they say” -Dg34

“Can I nominate.. My own comment for sitebot??” -Dg34

AA Quote of the Week

“If the mets had lebron they might be over .500” –JR and the Off-Balance Shots