Your 2021 New York Mets: The pitching staff carried us through the first half. Now it’s our turn to help them out.
“It’s baseball. We go through ups and downs. The pitching staff carried us through the first half. Now it’s our turn to help them out.” -Francisco Lindor [MLB]
The All-Star Break this year was good timing for a team that could use a breather.
“We did a lot of great things — take the time to relax and get your mind off the game. Work on some stuff if you want to work on some stuff and let’s come back playing like a first-place team.” -Michael Conforto [New York Post]
Congratulations to Pete Alonso for repeating as Home Run Derby champion.
“I’m a power hitter, and I think I’m the best power hitter on the planet. Being able to showcase that and really put on a fun display for fans, it’s truly a dream come true for me, because when I was younger my parents let me stay up past my bedtime to watch this.” -Pete Alonso [New York Times]
“I don’t throw hard but I can close my eyes and hit a spot.” -Dave Jauss [New York Times]
Like that he gave Jauss credit, love that he used ‘breadbasket, honey hole and sweet spot’ in a single sentance.
“He was putting it right in the breadbasket, right in the honey hole, right in the sweet spot of my swing. That’s what we worked on in practice. He’s my everyday B.P. thrower and to be able to come out on top like this is really special, not just for me, but for him.” -Pete Alonso [New York Times]
A deserving nod.
“Once I got to the big leagues, it was always a goal to be an All-Star. To be the best of the best and to go out there and compete against the best and to be around the best players in the league.” -Taijuan Walker [NJ]
Francisco Alvarez wrongfully chastising himself for his bat flip earlier in the season.
“Watching it back, I did feel like I kind of disrespected the game a little bit. So I do feel like I need to respect the game a little bit more in a situation like that.” -Francisco Alvarez [New York Post]
Game recognizes game.
Still haven’t quite accepted his name is ‘Brett Baty’ and he bats for a living.
“Everyone has always said once you get to Double-A, you’re one phone call away from the big leagues. So I know that’s really close. I’m just looking forward to getting up there and starting with those guys.” -Brett Baty [New York Post]
Stop booing this man.
“It just sucks getting booed. It’s that simple. I want to do the best I can every day to help the team win, and I was just listening… We also feed off the fans, listening to them as I run the bases, sharing and celebrating with their loved ones, it’s something we don’t really do. We don’t really sit back and watch them. Look around, see how the fans react. It was pretty cool to see them reacting.” -Francisco Lindor [MLB]
“I’ve never hit .210, .205 in the first half, and I’m sure most of the guys have never done what they’re doing now. So seeing them getting results, including myself, it feels great.” -Francisco Lindor [MLB]
I’m not a fan of the seven-inning doubleheader or the DH last year...
“I love the seven-inning doubleheaders, but I hate that we have so many this year. Now, I’m like, ‘Ah, shit, another two games.’ It wears out on you for sure. It’s something nobody wants to do. We’re here to play 162 every day, not two per day.” -Francisco Lindor [New York Post]
...but I do recognize that in both cases, the Mets appear to be in positions that it might have helped them a bit more than other teams.
“I think there is an advantage when there are two seven-inning games because we have some starters that can give us some length, and yes it can protect our bullpen. The seven-inning games, it’s a real good adjustment by MLB so the guys stay fresh so guys can play both games, so the bullpens are saved.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]
I can maybe see J.D. Davis playing in LF against a LH starter but I think third is exactly where we’ll see him when he comes back.
“He’ll get his chance to play third. We tried him at first too. We also think of his versatility. He’s played the outfield before. I think moving around works well for him. You always want to have J.D.’s bat in the lineup, he’s a really good hitter. But I can’t say right now that he’s the third baseman.” -Luis Rojas [New York Daily News]
The (Opening Day) Boys are Back in Town.
“I’m getting comfortable at the plate. I’m starting to see the ball better. I have my barrel awareness. It’s back, so I’ve been able to … shoot some balls all over the field. It comes from playing. I missed a good amount of time there. So just getting the amount of ABs, … I’m feeling good again. It’s there. I’m feeling a lot better.” -Jeff McNeil [MLB]
Feel free to skip but I found this quote of Steve Cohen’s potential acquisition of SNY interesting. I know the Wilpons had a history of borrowing using SNY as collateral but a $1 billion valuation for a broadcasting company that has the rights to a team that sold for just over $2 billion doesn’t seem to square. Also, the last sentence that Cohen is interested because SNY makes a profit as “one reason” Cohen is interested is funny to me; are the other reasons because he really wants to bring back Loudmouths and that Mets dating show ‘Prospects’?
“We do understand he is still interested in the other part of the deal, and that’s the Mets’ regional sports network known as SNY. There is a problem with the bidding and here’s what I would tell you, he’s balking over the price. The Wilpon’s want essentially $1 billion or more, they have $800 million in debt, so they can’t go that far below $1 billion when you have that much debt, right? You’ve got to pay off the debt. So Cohen is worried about a few things. He’s who worried about the fact that they’re making him overpay, you know, is the debt going to be involved? How is it going to be involved? Does this extinguish the debt? And on top of that, it’s a single franchise RSN. If you look at the Yankees’ RSN, the YES Network, they have the Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, I believe they have the soccer team, there’s a few things in there. There’s more than just one team, this is a single team. It’s got some issues, heavy debt load. Apparently it is making money people close to the Mets tell me, that’s one reason why Cohen wants it.” -FOX Business Network senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino
Mets front office on first round pick Kumar Rocker.
Tommy Tanous: "We really thought there was very little chance this would happen." Said he was "elated" with the pick of Rocker.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) July 12, 2021
Rocker on pitching in NY: "That's another animal, but that's what I think I was made for."
This Week in Mets Tweets
Unbelievable first half with the squad. Adversity veterans. Love the mentality and daily approach of this team. Outside talk/critics never sway the internal mindset of the group. Reset and rejuvenation time!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) July 11, 2021
I got Pete tonight.— Trevor “IamTrevorMay” May (@IamTrevorMay) July 12, 2021
Francisco Lindor (and his daughter) enjoyed watching Pete Alonso win the Home Run Derby:— SNY (@SNYtv) July 13, 2021
"Hell yeah baby, get that belt baby!!" pic.twitter.com/QumjkNmjrS
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“I feel no sympathy for Lindor’s post game sob story. Remember the press conference after we signed him, and he admitting he was annoyed that Cohen crowdsourced opinions about his contract worth after Lindor already rejected a contract he wasn’t worth? Pepperidge Farm remembers. You signed the contract, Frankie. Don’t like getting booed? Live up to it.” -Nimmotional Wreck