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This Week in Mets Quotes: Hernandez says Harvey wanted to be next Joe Namath, Alderson is still bullish on team

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 2018 New York Mets: We felt we had a good team.

”I think going into spring training we felt we had a good team. At the same time we needed to demonstrate that. Coming out of spring training. I think we demonstrated that and still felt the same way. The first two weeks of the season was pretty strong evidence of what we had expected of ourselves. The last three weeks have not been the best evidence of where we think we should be. We’re still very bullish. We have to play better than we have over the last to three weeks. Part of that has been schedule, part of it has been weather, part of it has been inconsistent play. There have been a variety of factors. We need to improve on what we’ve done over the last couple of weeks.” –Sandy Alderson [New York Daily News]

‘If we won all those games we lost, we would be sitting pretty.’

“In the sixth, there is a lot of moving parts. We can’t guarantee [Blevins] is going to get the out. If Sewald gets the out, we would be sitting pretty.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

As a Mets fan, dwelling on the past, present, or future all allow me to not be a very happy person.

”You always go back and think about what would have been. But if you live your life with what-would-have-beens, you wouldn’t be a very happy person. We make the decisions we make, and then we move on.” –Mickey Callaway [MLB]

The Mets handled deGrom first start off the DL…well? That can’t be right.

“I felt great, honestly. That’s the most frustrating part about it. When I was warming up, I was like, ‘OK, my stuff seems to be pretty good today.’ To go out there and do that, it’s frustrating. I was kind of surprised, honestly. I definitely would have liked to have gone back out there. The reasoning I understand, but who wants to pitch one inning as a starter?” –Jacob deGrom [New York Post]

“[Pitching coach Dave Eiland] and I talked about it, we just didn’t feel good sending [deGrom] back out. We can’t do that to anybody. That’s a lot of pitches for one inning.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

It’s true, baseball is tough when you’re not pitching or hitting well.

”We haven’t been able to make the pitching and the hitting click together on a consistent basis yet. It’s really tough when you’re not putting those together.” –Brandon Nimmo [MLB]

I’m not dead yet, I think I’ll go for a walk.

”I just hit the wall. In the moment, I felt like I couldn’t run. But now, I feel better.” –Juan Lagares [MLB]

He continued ‘and you know, the guys in the top and middle of lineup start hitting too. Then, we’ll be tough to beat’.

“If us guys down at the bottom of the order can swing the bat and get on base, turn it over like that, we’ll be tough to beat.” –Devin Mesoraco [Newsday]

If the Mets won the 2015 World Series, Harvey would’ve basically been the next Joe Namath with a career that peaked at age 26 and all.

”[Harvey] was confrontational with Sandy. They had a tough relationship. Matt was arrogant and, you know what, you meet the same people on the way up, you meet ‘em on the way down, too. You can do all those things if you’re a star player. Steve Carlton did not talk to the press most of his career, in Philadelphia where they’re tough, but 300-something wins they left him alone. Perform at a certain level — the highest level if you’re gonna do the things Matt did. I think he put the cart before the horse. I think he wanted to be the next Joe Namath.” –Keith Hernandez [New York Daily News]

Of our ‘Rotation of Aces’, one has been DFA’d and another is working on a new secondary pitch during the regular season.

“I haven’t necessarily had a put-away pitch. My slider has been crappy this year and my curveball is not really a put-away pitch. I am still trying to figure out the split-finger, and it’s going to be a good pitch for me. Adrian actually pulled me aside and talked to me about how Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling and those type of guys who threw the splits attack guys and threw it a lot more than I would think.” –Zack Wheeler [New York Post]

If the goal was to have fun, Grandy made a great choice not coming back to the Mets.

“My whole goal for the 2018 season was have fun [and] try to help this team out in any way possible, so we can be in a position to play our way into October. That’s been the goal, that’s what I am trying to do and this team makes it easy.” –Curtis Granderson [Newsday]

There are more important things in life than Baseball.

”That’s the worst thing that happened to me. When I go to meetings (with other Alzheimer’s sufferers) and someone says they still drive, I say, ‘How? What do you do when you get lost and can’t remember where you are?’ It’s scary but it’s not like it’s kicking my butt every day. It could be worse. It comes and goes. You just keep going day by day.” –Buddy Harrelson [New York Daily News]

Mets Tweet of the Week

AA Quote of the Week

“The Yankees and the Braves have the best records in the respective leagues I swear I’m a good person I don’t deserve this.” –Gina

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“It was just a matter of time before Ces hit the DL And when he comes back, the countdown will begin on when he’ll return to the DL. The guy has chronic leg issues. No amount of yoga or the like is going to help that. If these players would spend less time on conditioning, yoga, core work, etc. and more on real baseball skills they would get hurt alot less.” –MA MetFan2112