Your 2019 New York Mets: The Fat Lady Has Sung.
“I guess now the fat lady’s singing. It’s unfortunate, but we came back so awesomely, and the way that we went about our business was spectacular. It’s bittersweet, if I had to put it shortly.” -Pete Alonso [MLB]
Really pictured Mickey having some kind of ‘F board’ that kept track of when the Mets season was officially over.
“I felt like we still had a chance until I saw that ‘F’ up on the board. [Referring to the Brewers’ score going final]. I really did. That’s how I felt all year, and I thanked them for making that so.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
deGrom really has had a lot of practice over the years being happy with his personal performance and not happy with the team.
“I’m happy with how I ended my season, but not happy where we’re at. The goal is to win the World Series, and we fell short of that goal. So it’s a tough night, a tough pill to swallow. We proved that we can win baseball games. We’ve just got to put it together for a full season.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
Really hoping to get to watch a Met team that can win June baseball games after two comically dreadful seasons.
“Looking to next year, if we don’t make it this year, it’s a great experience for a lot of these guys, the young guys who haven’t been through this. Just to understand that when we go through a stretch like we did in June where we couldn’t put a full game together or couldn’t hold a lead or couldn’t put runs on the board, those games really mattered. It’s going to come down to a couple of games we don’t get in by, if not just one, so we have got to keep that in mind next year.” -Michael Conforto [New York Post]
There’s a essential piece of a baseball team that Mickey pointedly left out.
“When you have a Cy Young worthy starting pitcher, when you have one of the best rotations of baseball, when you adequately hit throughout the season and score runs, you have a MVP and Rookie of the Year candidate, you have a few All-Stars, you are hoping to be in the playoffs by this point, not just battling to get in. That didn’t materialize for us to this point, there is still a chance and this team will never give up.” -Mickey Callaway [New York Post]
Really hope this wasn’t Noah’s final year as a Met.
“I was plagued by a lot of weak contact and they were just finding holes.” -Noah Syndergaard [New York Post]
Help us Pedro, you’re our only hope.
“Don’t be surprised if I show up in Puerto Rico and do a little work with [Edwin Diaz] or have him come over to the Dominican and do a little with him. I feel bad to see such a young player struggling like that.” -Pedro Martinez [New York Post]
“For sure. I’ve been talking to Cano about it. I told him I wanted to work with Pedro. If it’s for one month, two months, three months, I’m open to doing anything if I get that opportunity. If he thinks he can help, I’d want that. He worked with Luis Severino and now Severino is one of the better pitchers in the league. I think if I work with Pedro, we can make a lot of progress.” -Edwin Diaz [New York Post]
Seriously, who’s cooler than Pedro?
“When he first came up, I remember he was in Seattle and they were struggling to have someone close games. Because I know Robbie Cano, I just called Robbie directly and said, ‘Why don’t you have the young kid close games? Tell your GM to have Diaz try to close games,’ and they did. Then Diaz said, ‘Pedro is my idol, I’d like to meet Pedro.’ So I went to Puerto Rico. I’m really good friends with Carlos Beltran. He’s like my brother. I got to know Diaz. That is how everything developed.” -Pedro Martinez [New York Post]
82 years of experience in Regan’s outlook about if he’ll be back next year.
“At my age, whatever happens, happens. I’ve had a good time, but all I am thinking right now is hopefully we can win and get in the playoffs. I’m sure [the Mets] will decide what they are going to do and whatever happens, happens.” -Phil Regan [New York Post]
When Dom Smith broke a bone in July, doctors said his season was over.
“[Smith’s response] Absolutely not. It goes to show the hard work I put in over the last two months. It’s been tough. It’s been a long time coming, and something that I wanted to do. I’m just glad that everything worked out for me to come back.” -Dom Smith [MLB]
Bummer way to end an absolutely wonderful season for McNeil.
“I wanted it to end in the playoffs. That’s where you ultimately want to be. To end it with a broken bone right there, it’s tough.” -Jeff McNeil [MLB]
Ramos address the team caused ‘Syndergaard/Batterymate’ controversy.
“It’s not like I would be mad with my teammate or that situation. I’m a professional and I love my job and I love what I’m doing, but sometimes you feel good pitching to this guy or that guy. That has happened before.” -Wilson Ramos [New York Post]
deGrom really shows how special he is when things aren’t quite clicking for him.
“I didn’t feel that great warming up tonight. I think Phil (Regan) knew that. I felt better as the game went on, but there at 96 or whatever pitches (after seven innings), when they asked and I said I was starting to feel it. The last two guys, I had two strikes and if you look at those pitches they were kind of middle, where I felt like my arm was starting to drag a little bit. Last year, it seemed like every time I took the ball, I felt really good. There have been a few [times] this year where I haven’t felt that great, but I’ve been able to battle through and give these guys a chance.” Jacob deGrom [SNY]
My favorite Koosman quote was his response when someone asked why he threw his next pitch so quickly after the prior one; Koosman said he never could figure out what else he was supposed to do on the mound.
“The news that the Mets Hall of Fame Committee has voted to retire my number is another life-changing thrill & honor...to know that my number will be retired and sit alongside other team legends is one of the greatest tributes I could ever be granted. I was always proud to be a Met. Today, I am even prouder.” -Jerry Koosman [Amazin Avenue]
Brian Cashman on not trading for Stroman at the deadline.
“We were interested in Stroman but we didn’t think he would be a difference-maker. We felt he would be in our bullpen in the postseason.” -Brian Cashman [NBC]
Mets Tweet of the Week
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“I still doubt [Nimmo]. Terrific fourth outfielder at-best. Strikes out too much and very susceptible to high inside heat.” -Billyswife
“Oh, this is who doubted Nimmo. Got it. Not shocked.” -MookieTheCat
“Stay Calm Mrs Nimmo..Dont get your panties in a twist. I still like your son as a bench piece!”
AA Quote of the Week
“Might want to check the numbers on that one... In 2018, [Nimmo] ranked top 10 in the league in position player WAR, 2nd overall in adjusted OPS+ and 2nd in OBP. That’s way better than any 4th outfielder you’ll find around, and better than just about every team’s 2nd or 3rd best outfielder. -David G