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This Week in Mets Quotes: Nimmo on hitting a walk-off, Flores on hitting a walk-off, Bautista on hitting a walk-off

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

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Your 2018 New York Mets – If we had been winning…we’d be where we wanna be.

“We need to win games when Jacob deGrom pitches for us to be the team we wanna be. If we had been winning those all along, winning a few of [Zack] Wheeler’s when he’s been really good, we’d be where we wanna be. … Those are the games you have to win when your pitchers are out there pitching deep into games.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

I’ll be there for you.

“It means you’re coming through with what you have to do, and that’s good. It doesn’t get old. It’s always the same feeling. Not because you did it, but because you won a ballgame.” –Wilmer Flores [New York Post]

I mean I agree with all of this, but what a weird last line.

”It’s almost getting to the point where you expect it. When the game is on the line, that’s the guy you want to have up there. I like Wilmer, he’s a good guy and I’m happy to see him be successful.” –Zack Wheeler [MLB]

Be Like Flo.

”Now I know how Flo feels all the time. I was waiting for him to pass on some words of encouragement or wisdom on how he does it all the time, but I figured I watched him so many times before maybe I could try and be like him.” –Brandon Nimmo [MLB]

As you can imagine, Nimmo was stoic after hitting his first professional walk off home run.

”I was just extremely elated. It’s no secret I’ve been struggling the past couple of weeks, so to be able to be putting in all of this hard work that we’re putting in and to be able to come in off the bench and be able to help this team win, it was a really good feeling.” –Brandon Nimmo [MLB]

Mickey on the joy Nimmo expressed after hitting a walk off home run.

”Well, that’s him after a walk.” –Mickey Callaway [Mets]

Not to be outdone by the youngsters, Jose Bautista hit the first walk off home run of his career.

”I was aware of [never having a walk off home run], but I guess sometimes it just takes a while.” –Jose Bautista [MLB]

Agreed, getting W’s is usually a good thing.

”Yeah, it’s a good feeling. I mean the game is over so you enjoy putting the other team away and doing something good for your team. Getting W’s is usually a good thing.” –Jose Bautista [MLB]

As expected, Nimmo is taking not making the All Star team in stride.

“That’s encouraging because of where I started this year. I was supposed to be a bench player. So to even be in these All-Star conversations, I should be really proud of that and really happy about that. I felt like if I finished a little bit stronger these last couple of weeks maybe things would’ve been a little bit different.” -Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]

Wyoming Smack Talk.

”I was extremely aware of [Eovaldi’s perfect game bid that Nimmo broke up with a singe in the 7th. Credit to him for pitching well, but you never want to get no hit, you never want to be a part of that.” –Brandon Nimmo [MLB]

I don’t know if Frazier ever was designated a ‘True Yankee’ but he is definitely now a ‘True Mets’

“It’s something I never thought would happen.” –Todd Frazier on being placed on the DL for the second time his season after never being on the DL his previous 7 years of his career [New York Post]

Callaway’s explanation of why he announced his LHP pitching change before the Phillies announced their LH pinch hitter is pretty weak…

“We didn’t want them to even announce [Odubel] Herrera. I thought he was their best left-handed hitting option off the bench against a lefty. The numbers said so, so I wanted to get out there as quick as possible and let him make that decision. I’d much rather face a .189 hitter than one of their better hitters.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]

…and only gets weaker when viewed from Blevins’ prospective.

“While I’m warming up, I was like, ‘Did they announce [Herrera]? I saw Mickey come out so I didn’t know if they announced him. Right away, I’m prepared for either way. I know Odubel, we face each other quite a bit so (bullpen coach Ricky Bones) gave me a quick rundown on who else it might be and I jog in and see that it’s a different guy and I’m ready to go.” –Jerry Blevins [New York Daily News]

Well, Mickey certainly toes the company’s bullshit line.

“We paid him a lot of money to go out there and produce, and we don’t have him right now. When he initially went on the disabled list, it was to knock this completely out so he could come back and be the healthy player he wants to be. As this continues to move forward, and it continues to drag on, there has to be a level of understanding that it’s maybe something you battle throughout the rest of your career.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Times]

Of course, fans and beat writers were upset with Cespedes saying a completely accurate statement.

“For the way the team is playing right now, even if I’m doing very well, if the team remains playing this way, I don’t think it’s going to help but I’m eager to get back.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]

To switch gears to a happier Mets storyline, here’s how Jeff McNeil earned his college baseball scholarship.

“[Vince Sagisi, [a Scout Team Coach], was asked by a college recruiter for help finding a middle infielder, he understood his suggestion would be met with skepticism.]

“I said, ‘You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I got a guy named Jeff McNeil and he never played high school baseball. He’s a golfer.’” –Vince Sagisi [New York Daily News]

[McNeil singled in his first at bat, then stole second and third. In another at bat, Sagisi recalled, McNeil singled to the opposite field and went from first to third on a wild pitch.]

“After the game, (the recruiter from Cal State-Northridge) Mark Kertenian comes up to me, says, ‘I like your guy.’ Then they offered him a scholarship.” –Vince Sagisi [New York Daily News]

From AL scout’s mouth to whoever’s running the Mets FO’s ears.

“[An AL scout who saw McNeil last month praised his IQ, recognition of pitches and “natural lift in his swing.” He even applauded McNeil’s defense – which is the greatest area of concern – as “technically sound. ... He’s an in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time guy. He could be of use in a Mets uniform today.” –AL Scout [New York Daily News]

Mets Tweet of the Week

AA Qoute of the Week/SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“Mets: Stop the Madness, SHOW SOME LOVE!! As a True Mets Fan… I don’t believe in trading ANYONE (especially Wilmer Flores) just because we had a bad first half!! The Mets are not the only ones who aren’t playing well… Have you seen how poorly the Nationals are doing? If Cespedes didn’t become The Hulk in Infinity Wars, and Familia didn’t forget how to close (and lose 2mph on his Fastball/Sinker… and… Everyone didn’t go into a massive hitting slump at the same time… The Mets would still be in First Place, and deGrom would be the winningest pitcher in MLB right now!!! But… Unfortunately what has happened, happened. No more, Blaming Reyes or anybody else on the team… And… I would never ever trade any of my 4 main starting pitchers TO ANYONE!!! That won’t solve anything! And since when is it a bad thing to have a guy that can play 5 positions very good, And Loves the team!!! Mr. Wilmer Flores! Shame on all the armchair critics who say Wilmer is not an everyday player!!! I’d like to see YOU do what Wilmer Flores can do on any given night. He may not make 100%of the plays (at all 5 positions)… But who can Nobody! And… Wilmer knows how to kill a baseball!! He has shown more then one time…that when he plays regularly, He’s a HITTING MACHINE! I SAY… Let The Mets play out the rest of the year INTACT. Scew helping out some other team (with trades). They can go borrow from somebody else!!! If the Mets we’re to go on a Hot Winning Streak right now… They could easily make the playoffs!(stranger things have happened) And finally… I love ya Cespedes…but enough already… Start keeping yourself hydrated, Drink plenty of Water and Gatorade, Do some major stretching exercises (no more weights!) and take some TRAMADOL, and GET BACK IN THE LINEUP!!! WE (The Mets) Need You!

Favorite Players This goes out to all you armchair critics that have never picked up a baseball… Teams need older players for a reason!! To help make the team one cohesive unit. The Mets have been very lucky to get some of the very best. 1) Bartolo Colon ( I miss that guy!!) 2) Curtis Granderson : I always wanted him to be a Met and we finally got him…I just wish he was still on the team. 3) Jose Bautista : He had the most awesome bat flip EVER!! I always wanted him to be a Met too… The guy is 37 AND STILL showing them Who’s Boss!!! Never Ever call these Amazing Athletes WASHED UP!!! I’d like to see any of you armchair critics and couch potato fans, Play the game of Baseball, 1/3 of the ability that these men play at!” -TrueMetsFan!!