Given the Wilpons’ history, I’m not going to believe this until it’s done.
Really going to miss quotes from an ‘anonymous source familiar with the Mets’ front office thinking’ that’s clearly Jeff Wilpon,
“I think that a change in ownership at the Mets is an opportunity to make that franchise as strong as it can possibly be, and I think over the long haul it’ll be something that will be good for the game.” -Rob Manfred [New York Post]
There’s absolutely no way this is true...
“I think people are aware of it, but it’s not anything we’re ever really talking about. People in the clubhouse are focused on the game.” -Jeff McNeil [MLB]
...closer to the truth.
“What I can say is that everyone here is aware of what’s going on, and what took place [Monday]. But right now, our focus is on the field. Our focus is on today. As you run into this type of news, your focus has got to go back into what we need to do.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]
Wilson Ramos also sums up 2020 in general.
“It’s been a tough season for everybody. It’s more like a tough season mentally, but we’re here and we have to try not thinking about the situation. Not too many good days, but we’re still here and we have to fight.” -Wilson Ramos [New York Post]
It’s been so easy rooting for a player, and more importantly, a person like Wilson Ramos.
“I understand I am not doing a great job and I can’t do anything to play every days. If you’re not doing good, they put somebody else out there to try to win games.” -Wilson Ramos [New York Post]
There are more important things in life than baseball.
“It’s hard to not think about this situation that’s happening right now in the world. We have family. I have family I want to be with. Like I said the other day, it’s hard to go after the game, bad day, go back to the hotel, and just think in the bedroom. It’s different when sometimes you have your family with you, you come back after a bad game, you see your kids and you forget about that day, just turn the page.” -Wilson Ramos [MLB]
I think this was a couple of seasons ago, but remember when the Mets scored 18 runs against the Blue Jays during a deGrom start?
“It’s been a long time coming. For [deGrom] to just go out there and be able to pitch his game and do his thing, it’s been great.” -Michael Conforto [MLB]
Be careful, Jake, sounds like you’re asking a lot of guys to break numerous unwritten rules.
“I wanted them to keep scoring runs — score as many as they could. There wasn’t a time where I was like, ‘OK, this is enough.’ I wanted them to go out there and put together good at-bats, and keep scoring runs.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
The players of course know deGrom deserves the support...
“I’ve heard talks about the guys caring about giving the support that Jake needs out there with the performance that he always gives to us. It’s in their mind.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]
“First and foremost, we got a win. And we got a win for Jake, too. We’re always feeling good when Jake’s on the mound no matter how many runs we put up, but it felt good to do that for him.” Michael Conforto [MLB]
...and, of course, deGrom’s mentality doesn’t change with the scoreboard.
“You know it’s not 0-0, but the mindset’s still the same: go out there, make competitive pitches and try not to let any runs score. That’s just the way I take the mound. Even in a game like tonight, that was my mindset the entire time.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
Back from that feel good story above, deGrom thinks he can battle through his injury and continue his quest for his third-consecutive Cy Young
“I feel like I can [make his final two starts]. I think it’s something that we’ll be able to manage.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
Rosario is also a guy who’s easy to root for.
“If I’m being honest, it did catch me a little bit by surprise [being out of the starting lineup]. “If I were to tell you Gimenez has played bad, I’d be lying. He’s played tremendous — offensively, defensively, in every aspect of the game. In regards to [why the Mets have gone with Gimenez lately], that’s not my decision, but he’s played great with his opportunity.” -Amed Rosario [Newsday]
I really want to believe in Amed as well but the career 89 RC+ over 1,500 PAs at this point makes it tough.
“We believe in Amed, we know how skilled he is. We know what he can do. Last year was the perfect example of what Amed can do. The second half is when he really exploded and had a good offensive approach put together. This season has started slow. There’s guys like that. This is a two-month season. it’s different. With Amed we know what he can do.” -Luis Rojas [Newsday]
Evergreen Luis Rojas quote this season.
“Everybody knows the number of games that we have left. We know that, right now, we’re not in the mix for the playoffs. Our focus needs to be on the game that we’re going to play on any given day. Right now, we’ve just got to start focusing on [Sunday].” Luis Rojas [MLB]
Evergreen Todd Frazier quote his entire Mets career.
“We’re still right there but we’ve got to win more games.” -Todd Frazier [MLB]
Peterson’s quote game is big league ready.
“I don’t ever want to have the ball taken from me, but that was the decision, and my work was done at that point. The rest I could do was cheer on my teammates and try to back them.” -David Peterson [MLB]
Through it all, the Mets still have a ~27% chance at making the playoffs per FanGraphs.
“The guys had two choices there: You either give up, or you keep fighting and the guys chose to keep fighting.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
Nimmo (among all people?!) on getting caught admiring his game tying HR.
“You visualize it in your head, and then when it comes to fruition in a big moment like that, yeah, I did take a second there. Not normal me. But this was a different moment. I saw it going and I was just kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh. That just happened.’” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
Given everything going on in the world, this is good advice for everyone right now.
“You can’t really look at it like we need to go out there and win every game from here on out but I think we all know that we’ve got to go to the field and just try to do the best we can every single day.” -Brad Brach [MLB]