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This Week in Mets Quotes: Collins not ready to retire, Mets pitchers support Warthen

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: You try not to get caught up in what could have been, because it didn’t.

“In the back of your mind, you’re saying, ‘If we could have had these guys …’ But you didn’t. That’s the reality of it all. You try not to get caught up in what could have been, because it didn’t.” -Terry Collins [New York Times]

‘See what my range of motion is’ doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

"When I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks, we'll see where I'm at, see what my range of motion is, see where the strength is, and go from there. I think it all depends on how I react to therapy. So it could be shorter, or it could be longer. We're gonna make sure I'm all the way healthy before we get going." -Michael Conforto [Mets]

‘Wanted to and have examined’ doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

“The injuries are not just an objective fact; there are underlying causes and issues that we’ve wanted to and have examined in connection with those injuries. It’s not going to happen just at the end of the season. It’s been an ongoing review.” -Sandy Alderson [New York Times]

Quote kind of took an odd turn at the end.

"[Bruce Maxwell] obviously has patriotism in his blood. If that's the way he feels that his message gets out, than that's his right. I will respect his message. I don't like how he's doing it, but that's OK because there's a lot of things I don't like that people do." -Chasen Bradford [NJ]

*Stephen A Smith voice* I don’t criticize anybody, I don’t do that stuff. But!

“I’ve got to tell you, I’m not a big political guy, not by any stretch of the imagination. But I respect -- I have been blessed enough to travel the world -- and I respect our country immensely. We do have rights here, which other places don’t. I respect that, also. But I’m proud of my guys that they go line up every night, stand and face the flag. Everybody’s allowed to have their own thoughts and certainly I don’t criticize anybody, I don’t do that stuff. But I’m happy that our guys do what they do.” -Terry Collins [New York Daily News]

Congrats to deGrom for doing what I’m assuming I’ll never see another Mets pitcher do ever again.

"It's definitely big for me [to reach 200 innings]. We've got plans to hopefully go to the World Series next year, and that's something I wanted to get to, to know what it's like to pitch that many innings in a year." -Jacob deGrom [MLB]

I’ve been working at my career for less than 10 years and I’m about ready to retire.

"I said it a couple years ago, I didn’t know how long I wanted to manage, what could be my last year – I never said anything that I was going to retire. I always wanted to work until I was 70. That’s two more years. I can put something to rest: I’m not going to go home and go fishing. OK. Whatever anybody thinks about if I’m going to be here or not, I can’t answer that. But I’m going to be doing something.” -Terry Collins [NJ]

Dom Smith is currently the Mets best Quote giver.

“It feels like it was quite a little bit ago [being in the minors] but still [winning the Sterling Award for Organizational Player of the Year] helps me really feel happy and proud of my year. You can forget that when you are up here and focusing on playing every day and maybe not playing as great as you would like, you kind of forget the stuff you were able to accomplish on the way here. For me to be able to accept the award, it’s definitely a great feeling and it gives me a chance to think about what I have accomplished.” -Dom Smith [New York Daily News]

Thousands of wFAN callers nod their heads in unison.

“I need to come back in better shape and be more consistent. This is the first time I’ve played 150 games. The first time I am playing in September. This is the most I’ve played in my life. You definitely hit a wall, you get fatigued, you get tired mentally and physically. It’s my first time going through all of it. I didn’t know how to prepare for it. A couple weeks ago, I was out of gas. I hit a wall, just trying to grind out these last couple days. Definitely going into next year, I know what to expect. I know how to pace myself, I know prepare for a long season.” -Dom Smith [New York Daily News]

Carlos Torres, Jim Henderson, et al nod their heads in unison.

“Once [Terry Collins] falls in love with you, he abuses you. He has run players into the ground. He has no idea about resting players. Even when you tell him, he doesn’t listen.” -Anonymous Mets Official [Newsday]

Well, at least we know this quote isn’t from Harvey or Cespedes.

“[Terry Collins] has always been difficult to communicate with. It would be a surprise if he said ‘hey’ to you when you passed each other in the hallway if your name wasn’t [Matt] Harvey or [Yoenis] Cespedes. It’s always been those couple things along with some of the in-game decisions he makes.” -Anonymous Met Player [Newsday]

Mets pitchers toe the rubber for Warthen.

“I was just shocked and thought [reports of Dan Warthen being fired were] honestly bullshit when I saw it. I know we had an unfortunate season but he’s definitely not the one to blame for it. I think it’s pretty unfair, especially because I know how much he’s helped me not only as a pitcher but as a man as well. He’s a huge key and huge piece in our development and our success." -Noah Syndergaard [NJ]

“It's an amazing job he’s been doing for this organization and for us. Honestly, when I made it to the big leagues, I didn't always trust in my stuff and he would talk to me. He taught me my sinker. If I don’t have that pitch, I'm not the guy that I am right now. He’s meant everything to me." -Jeurys Familia [NJ]

"There's no way he can be responsible for injuries. I probably owe all of my success to his help." --Noah Syndergaard [NJ]

"I love talking pitching with Dan. He’s got an incredible mind for the game, he’s been around a long time, he’s been around a long time, he knows a lot. I think he does a great job. I think he’s excellent. Had a lot to deal with injures and all that stuff but I think he’s an incredible pitching coach.” -Jerry Blevins [NJ]

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“You know, the more I think on this, why is this leaking out?” -IPA

“When ya gotta go, sometimes things start to leak early...I’ll show myself out.

Do I hear a Sitebot comment of the week??” -David G

AA Quote of the Week

“Oy vey, different personalities. Dom is a pro and carries himself as one. He has a lot to work on, but ‘lazy’ is not one of them.” -Pegleg52