Your 2018 New York Mets: We just couldn’t get the job done.
”We had some chances early and we didn’t capitalize on them. Then they started cruising. They started mixing and matching, and we just couldn’t get the job done.” –Mickey Callaway [MLB]
It’s been difficult as a fan too.
”In 2015, we went on that huge run, it was the best time of my life... Over the last few years, it’s been really difficult as a player. At the end of the season, we have to be able to reflect on how this season went.” –Noah Syndergaard [MLB]
LOL ‘fell short of that’.
”We don’t want to have a losing season, that’s for sure. I don’t want to be one game over .500 and not make the playoffs, either. I think the playoffs and winning a World Series is the ultimate goal, and we fell short of that.” –Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Ouch, my heart.
”I love the game, and I will really, really love that (Sept. 29) game, for (my daughters to) get to see me play in the big leagues for the first time.” –David Wright [New York Daily News]
It’s really easy to forget how much of a transition playing baseball at the most basic professional level is for newly drafted players.
”Playing at night is something you got to learn too because where I’m from we don’t do that at night. I learned a lot. Wasn’t going to set number goals because it’s a whole new environment playing every single day, every night, stuff like that. Tried to go into it with an open mind, learn every single day and that’s what I did.” –Jarred Kelenic [North Jersey]
With a week and a half left in the season, now it’s time check why Flores knees have been hurting for “a while”. [Update: Wilmer Flores is out for the season with early onset arthritis]
“Where we are in the season it’s time to get him checked out and make sure we are taking care of him.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]
This can’t be right…
/Takes off and cleans glasses/
…it looks like that Mets are handling a players health correctly.
”We’re really excited about the year [Wheeler] had, and we feel like we’d probably be taking the best care of him we can if we shut him down at this point.” –Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Congrats to Zack on a great season.
”I’ve done some thinking, and I wish the first part of the season was more like the second part,” Obviously, I think overall it was a good season for me. A bit of a learning experience at the beginning. I made some adjustments, and I was able to take off the second half. [My] body after this long is starting to wear down a little bit. But if I really needed to for the playoff push or something, I could definitely go out there and finish it up. That’s not why I’m stopping. It’s just being smart, really.” –Zack Wheeler [MLB]
Jason Vargas basically got the Marla Hooch treatment in this montage.
”I think we all made strides. [Jacob deGrom]’s going for the [National League] Cy Young [Award], I had a good second half. Steven Matz’s looking like a new and better pitcher, and I’m happy to see that. Noah Syndergaard’s been hurt for the most part this year, but he’s taken some great strides lately to get back to where he was. And [Jason Vargas], he’s turned his season around.” –Zack Wheeler [MLB]
Something tells me Syndergaard is a McNeil fan.
”Is there anything that man can’t do?” –Noah Syndergaard [MLB]
Would’ve guessed 2014 but it’s close.
“For me, the work and the commitment just begins when I sign that contract. I signed it to fulfill that contract and overachieve. I hope to overperform. This year has not been the case, and it’s frustrating and probably the least favorite season I have ever played.” –Jay Bruce [New York Post]
Don’t forget to enjoy tonight’s penultimate start in what has been a truly incredible season.
”I’m not happy with it. I don’t like giving up runs. … I want to win every baseball game I throw, but it hasn’t gone that way this year for me.” –Jacob deGrom [MLB]
From the ump who brought you ‘asses in the jackpot’.
[MLB officials are expected to question the veteran umpire for his apparent attempt to show up Todd Frazier on Thursday as the Mets third baseman completed his trot on a walk-off home run against the Marlins in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Hallion blocked home plate so that Frazier was chest-to-chest with the umpire as he scored the winning run, with teammates celebrating nearby.]
“I kind of bent down and put my foot through there and we could have been dancing. I bumped [Hallion]. I had to get in there. He laughed a little bit. If he was stepping in for the charge, that would have been fun.” –Todd Frazier [New York Post]
“[Hallion] was happy that he got to go home and he didn’t have to umpire the second game. So [the umpires] said he was just standing there happy that he got to go to dinner, that he didn’t have to continue.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]
“I am not looking too far into it, but at first I was just befuddled. But, hey, things happen — only to me. It’s the craziest thing. The Jersey guy gets picked on. Maybe he was happy that he was going home and he was standing on home plate. He might have left and had a really good dinner that night, so he was excited we didn’t go into extra innings.” –Todd Frazier [New York Post]