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This Week in Mets Quotes: Jose Reyes wants to play for the Mets next year, Nimmo says it’s privilege to watch deGrom pitch

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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I’m more stressed trying to win a video game Cy Young than deGrom is trying to win the real thing.

“Honestly, I haven’t looked [at how the other pitchers in the league are doing]. I just control what I can control. I haven’t looked at what anybody else is doing.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]

Maybe try harder for Jake, he deserves it.

“[deGrom’s lack of run support has] just been talked about so much. I was never trying to do more on the days that Jake pitched and I don’t think anybody else was. We were all trying just as hard as any other day.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]

In a lost season, every Jacob deGrom start is must watch TV.

”Almost every game he’s pitched in, one pitch can cost him the game. Now, Jacob is so relaxed, he might not feel the stress of those, but … it’s more impressive than some of the other things I’ve seen. The way he’s kept runs from scoring, it’s unbelievable.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

”It’s pretty unbelievable. His stats speak for themselves, and we know every time we go out there … it’s, ‘Well, we’re getting seven or eight strong today and we’re going to get an opportunity to win this game.’ I mean, this is Major League Baseball. These guys aren’t just going out there and going to let you run all over them. So Jake is definitely doing something special this year, and obviously something we are all privileged to watch.” -Brandon Nimmo [Newsday]

Not to nitpick, but Brandon’s 29.3% strikeout rate is somewhat cause for concern, but of course, he has all the right things to say.

“It’s still a work in progress. Just trying to trust the process, and not focus too much on the results. I definitely feel good about [Wednesday] but I don’t want to look too much into two good days. I want to keep it going. I still have a lot to work on, so it’s encouraging. But it definitely doesn’t mean the work is finished” -Brandon Nimmo [Newsday]

After this quote, Lugo and Gsellmen would pitch in a game the Mets were up by 5 runs and 8 runs, respectively. Though to be fair, I personally feel like it was Mickey trying to do right for deGrom.

“We’re really trying to be mindful of the innings that Robert has and Seth have, at this point. We’re gonna put some rules on ourselves, as far as usage for those guys moving forward and try to stick to those.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

Nice try Jayson, but Larry Jones is still the only heel Mets fans need.

“Spring training came and went, and about halfway through spring training, I felt like I had been working all winter, I was ready to play. So I took matters into my own hands and I called every team [but one], and tried to get a job . . . the only team I didn’t call? The Mets. I wouldn’t play for them.” -Jayson Werth [NBC Sports]

I could have never foreseen how complicated Jose Reyes’ Mets legacy would be. I think BPros Kate Feldman nailed it and present the remaining quotes without commentary.

“Oh, it’s different. I’m not the same player that I was before. I’m having the worst year of my career, for sure.” -Jose Reyes [Deadspin]

“I don’t know [why Mets fans are booing]. I think they’re reacting that way because I’m not doing my job. If you’re not doing your job, you’re going to have some negativity coming your way. And I understand that. That kind of stuff makes me stronger. But I’m coming every day to try and put it together. And so far, I feel like I let the ballclub down.” -Jose Reyes [Deadspin]

“Of course I’d want to come back. My body feels good. I feel healthy. We’ll see if there’s an opportunity.” -Jose Reyes [New York Post]

“I just want to enjoy each day and then we’ll see what happens. I’m just trying to enjoy my time here because you never know if it’s going to be here last year or not. I don’t want to think about what the future holds. I just want to finish the season strong and see what happens.” -Jose Reyes [New York Post]

“Pro scouting advised his removal from the roster a long time ago.” –A source familiar with the department’s thinking [Deadspin]

“It’s one of those things that just embarrasses the whole organization. There’s not a single other roster he would be on.” -Nick Francona, who worked in the Mets front office until earlier this season [Deadspin]

“I’m sure I wouldn’t be as loud or as angry about the 25th man on the 25-man roster if he hadn’t been suspended for domestic violence, but he’s still taking the spot of a younger player who deserves a chance to prove himself. Every Reyes at-bat is one taken away from Jeff McNeil, or Amed Rosario, or Luis Guillorme, or Phil Evans, before he got hurt. But the problem is that I can’t separate Jose Reyes from his arrest or his suspension. Because that’s why he’s here. If he hadn’t been dumped by the Rockies and available for pennies, he probably wouldn’t be a Met right now. It’s all tied together.” -Kate Feldman [Deadspin]

AA Quote of the Week

“Man that article on hardballtalk about Harvey’s relationship with the Mets has so many inaccuracies it’s amazing really. Harvey was not suspended for undisclosed reasons he was suspended for no showing a game and he never filed a grievance, he apologized. This is not me defending the Mets because they are as much to blame as Harvey for the toxic relationship.” -David Klein

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“Please, MEH is a whiny, self-absorbed little pissant, He is the anti-deG, and he proved that many times.” -pegleg52