Your 2019 New York Mets: We failed so far to this point.
“It’s on our whole organization. We failed so far to this point, and we have to be better.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Self improvement might be important to being a good manager.
“As a leader, you can’t ever worry about yourself. One of the things I told them when I got hired is selfless service is very important to me. My goal every day is to improve that room, be consistent and make sure that our players continue to improve.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Todd Frazier was totally a brown noser in school.
“I think he’s doing a great job. He can’t go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time and we’re not producing. At the end of the day, he makes the lineup, he does his job, he’s a great manager and our focus is on winning games, and we’re not doing that for him. Of course you guys are going to ask us those questions, but if we’re not producing, it’s on us.” -Todd Frazier [MLB]
Glad Matz qualified his hot take that he’s not speaking for everybody; some dudes do not ‘take it day by day.’
“We’ve got a lot of baseball left, so I think everybody’s mindset -- I can’t speak for everybody -- but just take it day by day. If you look too much at the big picture, you can drown yourself in it. Win tomorrow and the next day and just take it day by day.” -Steven Matz [MLB]
Bi-weekly Tebow update from the beat writers.
“I think I’m getting better, adapting to some really good players, and I think that’s important.” -Tim Tebow [New York Post]
/Middle-aged millionaire beef alarm!!/ Mortgages will be brought up.
“I’m walking with my head down, play’s over, I’m walking away, I can still hear [Frazier]. I’m a 30-year-old man with two kids, got a mortgage and everything. He wants to loud talk as he’s running off the field. At the end of the day, I got to be a man about it. I tried to stay patient with the childishness, but it is what it is. I got to stand up eventually.” -Adam Eaton [MLB]
Love to root for my team to ‘capitalize on this mission statement’.
“This is our team. We’re proud of it, we believe in it, and we’re going to make every effort in our control to improve upon it and see if we can’t get into this race and capitalize on this mission statement.” -Brodie Van Wagenen [New York Times]
Brodie thought Keon Broxton had a burning desire to be great but found out it was lukewarm at best.
“Robinson Cano has health, he has talent, and he has a burning desire to be great. Those are characteristics that we look for in our clubhouse from all players, and I think he possesses those in spades.” -Brodie Van Wagenen [New York Times]
Amend this quote that this is a ‘normal Mets season.’
“This is a normal Major League Baseball season. There’s ups and downs. There’s tons of history that says that our team, and any team, can climb out of the hole we’ve put ourselves in and do something special. And I definitely believe that.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Times]
To be fair to Callaway, he doesn’t appear to have lost the clubhouse like previous managers did.
“I know there was stuff swirling around, but I didn’t really see the concern. I understand that it’s New York and there’s a lot of speculation, but I love playing for Mick. Other guys in the clubhouse do, too. If his job was in jeopardy, that would be awful because all of us love playing for skip.” -Pete Alonso [MLB]
Oh and the Mets actually won some games this week.
“It’s a walk-off, why not? It’s just a fun moment. You got to throw the Gatorade on someone to celebrate a walk-off, right? There’s no other way.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
“It was an incredible feeling, how emotional it was, just because it was my first walk-off and it’s our second game in a row we’ve won after a bad stretch.” -Amed Rosario [New York Post]
“I knew it was fair. I talked to it, said, ‘Stay fair, please,’ and it listened. It’s huge. Like I said yesterday, we want to snowball good days together. Today was definitely a good day for us. Same plan tomorrow. We want to fight until the last pitch. Today was a hell of a win for everybody.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
Taking a $243 Uber from Lehigh Valley to Citi Field, arriving during the third inning of the game, getting lost trying to find the clubhouse, then hitting a pinch hit home run is a pretty great day.
“I’m just really grateful and thankful for the opportunity that the front office gave me. I appreciate it. I’m trying to make an impact right away, and I was fortunate enough to be put in that position to make something happen.” -Rajai Davis [MLB]
But the best part of the Rajai’s day is making a new friend (his Uber driver).
“Me and Jason, we got to know each other. Me and Jason, we were hanging out.” -Rajai Davis [MLB]
Gomez’s explanation for losing a shoe going second to third raises more questions than it answers.
“My left foot is smaller than the right, so I had to tie that left shoe really tight. And when I ran, I went too fast.” -Carlos Gomez [MLB]
Narrator: You will not see Diaz for four outs moving forward.
“If we’re not going to be where we want to be at this point, how can we expect to [get] there and hold off on doing that with Diaz? We’ve gotta win some games. We’re going to approach this like the playoffs because we feel like we need to, and you might see Diaz for four outs moving forward.” -Mickey Callaway [Newsday]
“That was easy today. It wasn’t even an option because [Diaz] pitched twice and then got up last night. When he’s rested, we’ll be able to do that, but we can’t push him to more outs when he’s been taxed pretty good the past three days.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Mets Tweet of the Week
Just my opinion but if you trade the 6th pick in last years draft for Diaz he has to pitch in that spot.— josh satin (@joshsatin) May 23, 2019
There are more important things in life than baseball.
“I feel like I was born again on that day [that Ramos was rescued from being held hostage]. I try to enjoy it to the max because it was a special day -- a wonderful day when I got to see my family, my mother, my father and my siblings again. I know of many [kidnapping] cases in my country in which those people never make it back home, never see their families again,” says Ramos, now 31. “That’s why I say I was born again, because God allowed me to come out of all that unharmed and it was another chance at life.” -Wilson Ramos [MLB]
Mets Instagram of the Week
AA Quote of the Week
“Can someone have a season-ending injury if their season never started?” -TheGhostOfReeseHavens
(No FacePalm this week as it’s been quite a week for our begrudgingly loved New York Mets)