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This Week in Mets Quotes: Rhame and Hoskins rivalry /yawns/ heats up

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

New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images

I honestly don’t think Rhame’s inside pitch to Hoskins was intentionally ‘a message’...

“I’m just trying to work inside. Historically I’ve left a lot of balls over the plate. Guys have been diving. I gotta try and get better at my game too.” -Jacob Rhame [SNY]

...but the owner of a career 5.8 fWAR feels differently...

“[Travis d’Arnaud] just said they were trying to go inside, and I laughed. He didn’t miss up-and-in or out-and-up to a lefty the rest of the inning, so I’ll let you decide.” -Rhys Hoskins [SNY] let’s keep talking about this.

“For now I don’t feel anything has been intentional at us that has warranted anything from our side.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Post]

At least Rhame had the right attitude about the pitch in question...

“When you accidentally sail one, it’s probably pretty scary. I’d get pissed too.” -Jacob Rhame [SNY]

... as well as Hoskins literally taking a HR trot at a slower pace than Bartolo Colon the game after. Obviously, Rhame was suspended two days after the pitch in question.

“[Hoskins] got me. If I make a better pitch he doesn’t get to run the bases.” -Jacob Rhame [New York Post]

ANYWAYS, Todd Frazier sums up this non-drama perfectly.

“[Hoskins] didn’t get hit by the pitch, but he thought he would slow-play it around the bases. It’s something that I guess is a part of it. What are you going to do? He hit a home run, so I really haven’t thought that much into it. We’ll see. We’ve got a lot more games to play.” -Todd Frazier [New York Post]

“We lost the game 6-0. That’s all I can really think about right now and we’ll go from there. We won the series, and that’s the exciting part for us. Nobody is down, everybody is where they should be.” -Todd Frazier [New York Post]

This view posits Vargas is capable of five good innings every night.

“I’m sure every team will take five good innings from a fifth starter every night. Absolutely. There’s no doubt about it. It’s the fifth spot. And you know what? If the rest of your pitchers are pitching like they’re capable of, that is more than enough out of your fifth slot.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]

The Mets are all about constructing the best major league roster. (As long as the player is already under team control and not a free agent who would cost cash money.)

“If you’re really truly here to win you can’t not have [Alonso] on your team. So he kind of forced our hand because that’s what we’re all about. We want to win every single game we can. And if it means bringing the best players up, that’s what we got to do.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]

It’s April, we are literally not seeing that it’s coming down to the wire but I get the quote Mickey was going for.

“It’s a dog fight. We’re seeing (that) it’s coming down to the wire. Everybody’s playing kind of .500 ball against each other. And it’s even exciting at the end, if it’s close. It’s going to be a fun division to play in.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]

Pete Alonso was asked ‘how it was going?’

“You know. Just another day in paradise.” -Pete Alonso [New York Daily News]

Lord bless me with Matz’ confidence...

“I didn’t give it too much weight, honestly. Knowing the platform I had going into today, I had three good starts, one bad one. I just don’t give it too much weight.” -Steven Matz [MLB]

...or Syndergaard’s confident accountability.

“To be quite honest, the entire beginning of this season, my performances have been unacceptable. I have to be better. I will be better. There’s no excuses for it.” -Noah Syndergaard [MLB]

I honestly missed Todd’s aggressively positive quotes...

“Todd obviously is a great leader, but he does it different than most. He’s outspoken, he’s on the top of the fence, he’s always just the life of the party. And you miss that when he’s gone because it’s infectious and it’s fun and it creates a relaxed atmosphere.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]

...ahh, that’s the good stuff.

“It’s exciting times for the Mets. If we keep rolling like this, it’s gonna be a heck of a year. … Every win counts, I don’t care what time of year it is.” -Todd Frazier [New York Post]

Oh, now it makes sense why the Wilpons hired Brodie Van Wagenen.

“I hate to admit it because they are now a competitor, I grew up in LA and I was a Dodgers fan. As a fan, the Curt Gibson home run in 1988 was a very memorable highlight. I watched the Dodgers of the early 80s with stars like Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey and loved seeing how that team evolved in the years after. I‘ve always been a lover of the game.” -Brodie Van Wagenen [MLB]

I would love Brodie to clarify what “resources” the Mets have because it’s clearly not cash.

“Trust our mission. Believe in our plan and expect us to succeed. Don’t be concerned when adversity comes our way because we have the resources to overcome it.” -Brodie Van Wagenen [MLB]

Good luck to Jon Niese and his Carlos Beltran sponsored nose.

“If you’re not playing for two years and trying to get back, some days felt a lot better than others. There were days where I said, ‘Man, I’m not going to play again’ and there were days where I was like, ‘Yeah, I got this. I’m going to play.’ Yeah, in front of fans where they sell some pop and hot dogs? It’s going to be fun. I love that nervous feeling of pitching in front of fans. It’s good. I think the best comes out of me when I’m in those situations. I’m looking forward to it.” -Jon Niese [Newsday]

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“HAHAHAHA glad we absorbed all of Jake’s injury risk for this year and next. No chance he gets hurt in that time and tanks his market value.” -PriceIsAlwaysWright

AA Quote of the Week

“Ehh. I’ve been here like 8 years now? I’ve made some really dumb comments in the heat of the moment.” -PriceIsAlwaysWright