Your 2019 New York Mets: We have to do better.
”We have to do better. What we’re doing right now is just not acceptable. … We’re disappointed and we have to start getting after it.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
‘Not ideal’ is one way of putting it.
“As a team, 1-5 is not ideal. We had one game [Tuesday] where we hit the ball well, but putting two runs up we’re not going to win too many games.” –Todd Frazier [New York Post]
May we all be blessed with Todd Frazier’s confidence…
“Right now, I’m not producing. We all know that. It’s something that is part of the game. I know I’ll be back, for sure.” –Todd Frazier [MLB]
…and Michael Conforto’s optimism.
“We’re relatively in a decent place, 4 1/2 out playing the baseball that we have been playing. We know that it’s not who we are as a team. Being 4 1/2 games back is not so bad. So we’ve got to start taking advantage of the opportunities that the other teams in this division are giving us, start playing better baseball and start climbing back in there.” –Michael Conforto [MLB]
When it’s going great.
“I was just happy I found the barrel. That is the first time in a while I had found the barrel.” –Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]
Paddack/Alonso is like the complete opposite of Rhame/Hoskins.
“Do I wish it was me? Yeah. But the way I look at it is, do you want to be Rookie of the Month or Rookie of the Year? We’ll see man. We’ve got a long season and I’m looking forward to Monday, competing against him.” –Chris Paddack [New York Post]
”Nothing against Pete Alonso. Guy’s a great guy and well deserved Rookie of the Month. ... But I just wanted to have a little fun out of it, get me fired up, get my team fired up.” –Chris Paddack [MLB]
”If that’s who [Paddack] is, then that’s who he is. There are plenty of different personalities in the game, but at the end of the day, he shoved today. There’s nothing we can do about it. He threw up a bunch of zeros. Especially with what he said, it’s a tough pill to swallow. He said he wanted me, and he pitched really well… I know what he said. To me, it doesn’t sit well. And for us as a team, it definitely sucks. It definitely sucks after this one. Definitely a sour taste.” –Pete Alonso [MLB]
I wish the rest of the baseball world shared Andy Green’s view.
“That’s different in baseball. A scenario like that, having somebody call somebody out, you just don’t see it in this game. This game’s a marathon, and somebody usually gets you. But [Paddack’s] got no fear. Most people, you try to bridle that. With him: Go ahead, man. Be you. Do what you do. Nobody’s going to stop you. We’re not going to limit him -- only in pitches.” –Padres Manager Andy Green [MLB]
‘The Controversy’ lol.
“[Alonso’s Tuesday night home run] was amazing. It’s really tough, especially with the controversy that went on yesterday to bounce back, and so good for him. He’s such a special player and has special power, and obviously (he) put it on display tonight. But that was a lot of mental toughness by him, the ability to wash the day before and come back ready to go today.” –Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]
More games against the Padres please.
“[While rounding third after hitting a 449 foot home run off the Western Metal Supply Building in left field] Is that all you got?” –Manny Machado to Pete Alonso [New York Post]
But does he remember Machado’s joke?!
“I blacked out for a little bit. I just remember touching home. I don’t even remember rounding the bases.” –Pete Alonso [New York Post]
Hell yeah, let’s get some takes from an AL Scout who has definitely ate tape on the Mets to hone his expert opinion.
“I think overall they have the most rounded club in the NL East. Injuries could play a part, and they’ve had some problems recently. It will all depend on how that rotation holds together. Their closer Edwin Díaz is one the top three in baseball. The numbers might not show it thus far, but I think the Mets have the best bullpen because of what they’ve gotten from [Robert] Gsellman and [Seth] Lugo.” –AL Scout [MLB]
“I’d be most concerned about their defense, especially their infield defense over the course of the season. They’ll get [Jed] Lowrie back soon, but he’s just OK at third base. We also haven’t seen what they can do offensively. [Pete] Alonso has shown power and [Jeff] McNeil has proven he can hit at this level. But [Brandon] Nimmo hasn’t done anything with the bat, and they’re getting scattered production in center field.” –AL Scout [MLB]
I’m rating this statement Two Pinocchios. The Yanks were 14-15 at one point, but they were actually 15-17 before winning 9 games in a row to put them in third place at them time but I get where Cano was going with this.
“Great teams go through this kind of situation, always. I remember in ’09, we started 14-15, we won five games and then we were in first place right there. We’ve just got to keep grinding.” –Robinson Cano [New York Post]
Pete Alonso used the idiom ‘answering the bell’ two nights in a row, will update when used again.
“Today was a real big character test for us and that was a really good team win. We had contributions from a lot of guys and I feel like we answered the bell today.” –Pete Alonso [New York Post]
There are more important thing in life than baseball.
“My doctors have said they are optimistic that the cancer is treatable and that I would be back on air talking baseball in the next month or so. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their continued support.” –Ron Darling [New York Post]
“We were all on pins and needles for a while, because the procedure was close to three weeks ago. We were … respecting his and his family’s privacy, but really, waiting to see what was going on. It’s obviously not the best news we could have heard, but at the same time, I’ve known a couple of people who have had thyroid cancer and they’re fine.” –Howie Rose [New York Post]
Mets Tweet of the Week
My heart goes out to Ron Darling. I know that Ron will beat this insidious disease. I’m heartened to hear that his doctors are very optimistic for a full recovery. I will stop at my church this day and light a candle for Ron and his entire family. I look forward to RJ’s return— keith Hernandez (@keithhernandez) May 6, 2019
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“Just once, I would like to hear a retired former star say of their failed attempt at a comeback: “It was embarrassing, I’m sorry, I pridefully thought I could be an exception to the medical rules as a star athlete, I couldn’t, I shamed myself, I shamed the organization, I shamed the fan-base, it was a mawkish overly-sentimental side show that distracted from the competition on the field and I would take the whole thing back and retire two years before if I could.” Just once. Just once I’d like to see that kind of thoughtful self-awareness and honesty out of an athlete. Wright seems like a really nice dude and I’m glad he’s finding his way into the next phase of his life but… I guess it is unfair to expect nuanced philosophical realism out of someone who was coddled into only having to be good at the one thing that made him and everyone around him very very rich.” –Mike Cecconi
AA Quote of the Week
“I no longer have the worst comment of the year. It’s the little things that matter :)” -PriceIsAlwaysWright