Your 2019 New York Mets: A chance to do something special.
“I think we’re where we expected to be. A chance to do something special.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
The Mets on going 6-1 for the week.
“The confidence of this group, it’s kind of unwavering. I feel like you show up in the clubhouse and we feel like we’re going to win each and every day. We kind of have that collective feeling. That’s not something you can install. It’s just something that’s kind of there.” -Marcus Stroman [MLB]
“We’re not playing uptight in a situation where we could be. We haven’t been able to hold onto some games in the first half, but I think we’ve turned the corner here. We’re looking forward to making a push.” -Michael Conforto [MLB]
“You see a couple teams are winning, a couple teams are losing, it’s going up and down. It’s that chess match of not worrying about anything else, but worrying about us winning games. That hope is there.” -Todd Frazier [MLB]
With two outs in the top of ninth, the Mets’ all-time walk off leader faced off against his former team.
“We’ve all seen [Wilmer Flores] do it plenty of times. It was a little nerve-wracking.” -Zack Wheeler [New York Post]
“That was going through my mind. I promise you. I’ve seen it. [Flore’s] done it more than anybody in the history of Citi Field, so it was going through my mind. There was no doubt about it.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Post]
Justin Wilson, who retired Flores, was told of his record after the game.
“Nice. Glad he got out.” -Justin Wilson [New York Post]
Todd Frazier doesn’t mince words for Pete Alonso’s mental error which extended Tuesday’s night ninth inning.
“Young guy, you don’t know what he’s going to do, and he kind of spazzed out. Could’ve had a double play, but your mind’s going a mile a minute.” -Todd Frazier [New York Post]
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“I was forewarned. I knew it was coming, so I just let it happen. It’s a fun thing. Hopefully I can rip some more shirts off, and they can rip some shirts off me by the end of this thing.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
Even sans results thus far, Stroman is an easy guy to root for.
“I definitely wanted to come out hot here and I haven’t, so it’s definitely frustrating. I put some pretty good starts together early in the year and I just haven’t been myself here. I’m never one to get discouraged. I’m going to do everything in my power to work it out, and get back to being who I am.” -Marcus Stroman [MLB]
Not to nitpick, but in a SSS, Kay had a 5.5 BB/9 in Triple-A with Toronto; but in sincerity, congratulations to Kay on making his major league debut.
“I feel like when I was in Syracuse with the Mets they were trying to change too many things because I had a couple rough starts. Once I got traded... (Toronto) told me to just do my thing.” -Anthony Kay [Twitter]
Reading about Wilson’s four-out save takes about as long as the save itself.
“I just had to [stick with Wilson]. We all know the struggles that Diaz has had and Wilson has been really good. I felt like at that point it was Wilson’s [game]. He willed it. I’m not saying we’re going to run from Diaz. He’s going to get his chances, too … but we called down in the eighth and asked Wilson if he could get four outs for us. He didn’t have his best stuff. He didn’t have his best command, but he dug deep and got through it. He’s going to need a day or two off, but it’s worth it for the win tonight. He was unbelievable. He kind of willed that game, that save. I thought Wilson was going to get it done. Some way, somehow.” - Mickey Callaway [New York Post]
Alonso wanted the Mets to wear the hats of service agencies as the team did during the first game after 9/11, but once again, MLB said no for...reasons. So Pete designed 9/11 tribute cleats and paid out of pocket for each of his teammates.
“It just came from a place where I wanted to show support not just for the victims, but the families as well. No one really knows how deep those emotional scars can be. Living here, just kind of interacting with everybody, I’ve tried to immerse myself in the New York living. I see traces of it every single day, little bits and pieces of it. I just wanted to show recognition to all the people who are heroes -- just ordinary people who felt a sense of urgency and an admirable call of duty. This is for all those people that lost their lives, and all those people who did so much to help.” -Pete Alonso [MLB]
“I just want to give back. I want to help. I don’t just want to be known as a good baseball player. I want to be known as a good person, too. I just want to recognize really what this day is about. I don’t want it to be like a holiday. I want it to be a day of remembrance.” -Pete Alonso [MLB]
The veterans quickly approved of Pete’s plan.
“[Alonso] had a quick meeting about it and said, ‘This is from me’. He’s a fantastic young man and he comes from a great upbringing.” Todd Frazier [MLB]
“Lesser known is what Piazza did hours [after hitting the game winning home run the first game after 9/11]. Among those in attendance that night were Carol Gies and her three sons, whose father, Ronnie E. Gies, was a firefighter lost in the World Trade Center attacks. After the game, the Mets invited Bobby, Ronnie and Tommy Gies into the dugout, where Piazza met the teenage boys and gave them his wristbands.” -Anthony DiComo [MLB]
“[Piazza] was lost for words, like he didn’t know what he could do.” -Carol Gies [MLB]
“I’ve lived my life and moved on but still, this time of year comes around and it’s heart-wrenching. You turn on the TV and there’s all these commercials, 9/11, ‘Never forget.’ You love to see that because you don’t want them to forget, but it’s just a reminder. It’s the hurt. It’s a dreaded day. Wednesday is a dreaded day for me. The worst part for me is watching my kids go through life without their father. That’s really the hardest part for me.” -Carol Gies [MLB]
Mets Tweet of the Week
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“If the Mets Can’t Win 2/3 Big Games Against the Dodgers At Home Why go to the playoffs anyway? There is no such thing as “second wild card championship,” and I’m not big on “division championship” either. Winning the World Series is winning. Winning the pennant is still winning, but to a lesser extent.” -WT Economist
AA Quote of the Week
“Silly logic, but I will bite. You need to win 3/5 in the playoffs so you can lose 2 of 3 and then come back and win the next two games! But fuck it just give the Astros and Dodgers the pennants and skip to the WS.” -oleosmirf