Your 2021 New York Mets: Loses all come in different shapes.
“They all come in different shapes, but all tough losses.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]
Nimmo still believes...
“We’re not mathematically out — crazy things have happened in the past. They have made movies about it, it can happen. That is the mindset you take into it.” -Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]
...he was a bit more realistic later in the week.
“The playoffs are the main goal. But I’m still not going to go out every day and just, like, give it away. I’m still going to go out there and try to win. That’s just how I’m wired.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
Alonso also changed his usual tone.
“[Getting into the playoff is] unlikely. I mean, that’s just a fact. We haven’t played up to our potential, and as unfortunate as that is, we still have 11 games left.” -Pete Alonso [NJ]
Lindor really hasn’t shied from being accountable in his first season in Queens.
“The really good teams come on top late in September, and the OK teams are fighting, and the bad teams, they don’t even compete in September. I feel like we had a really good team coming into this year. It has collapsed and we haven’t performed. Especially, I know, if I had played a little bit better, I know we could’ve won at least 5-7 more games, then we would’ve been fighting for first place right now.” -Fransico Lindor [New York Daily News]
Walker was mad after getting pulled early...
“I really felt like they should have gave me a chance to go back out for the sixth. It’s frustrating. I want to go out there and pitch and go as deep as possible.” -Taijuan Walker [New York Post]
...which his manager respects.
“[Walker] told us this in spring training that he’s tough to take out. When you take him out of the game, he is going to react and in that moment, he’ll let you know. I always respect that out of our guys.” -Flor Rojas [New York Post]
I just can’t envision Canó back on the team, but there’s 48 million reasons it happens.
“Every time [Robinson Canó] calls me, I pass the phone to the other guys and they say hello. He says he wants to come back and play baseball. We don’t talk about personal issues. He told me, ‘I’m getting ready for next season. I’m coming ready and I’m coming to help the team.’” -Edwin Díaz [Newsday]
J.D. Davis and Dom Smith have great attitudes during a reduction in at-bats for each.
“I’ve always told everybody — and this is what me and Dom always say — every day, there’s only [a limited number] of big leaguers in the world. To wake up and be one of them, it’s all right. It’s not the end of the world. There are many bigger problems in this life, or in what’s going on in society, than saying, ‘I’m not getting enough at-bats in the big leagues.’” -J.D. Davis [MLB]
“I don’t have any concern. I know what I can bring to this game. So if I’m sitting here worried about stuff I can’t control, I’m just going to drive myself crazy. You know me, I’m not that type of person. I love life. I have fun. And I enjoy my job, my career.” -Dom Smith [MLB]
“I have no idea. None of us do... A lot of questions are going to be answered. For my sake, I love being in New York. I’ve always said that. I’ve always loved the fans being out here. I love the atmosphere. … If I have the opportunity to play here, I’ll be really happy. If not, I’ll be sad.” -J.D. Davis [MLB]
Pay minor leaguers living wages!
“Minor League baseball players have been severely underpaid and silenced for decades. Today, we are wearing #FairBall wristbands to show our solidarity with every fan and ally who is working to change that. We love the game of baseball, but it needs to evolve. It is time for every Minor Leaguer to be paid a living wage.” —Minor-league players from both the Mets and Phillies said in a joint statement to Advocates for Minor Leaguers [New York Daily News]
Luis has his minor league players back.
“I think those guys standing for something that they believe, you’ve got to respect that. If there’s going to be an upgrade there, I’ll be one of the guys to say, ‘Yeah, that would be great.’ These are guys that are choosing baseball as their career, and immediately they want some impact when it comes down to their economic choice. I’ll be someone that will support that if they’re voicing it. Everyone has their right to show what they want, show the gesture.” -Luis Rojas [New York Daily News]
One of the rare Sandy RP signings to have completely worked out.
“It would be a great accomplishment. I’ve had a great year. To finish under 1 would be the icing on the cake, I guess you could say.” -Aaron Loup [MLB]
He added, ‘for the right price’.
“I’ve had a blast playing here. I’ve had fun with the guys all year long. And I’ve had a great year, so I see no reason not to.” -Aaron Loup [MLB]
Really enjoy that Carols Carrasco checks launch speed.
“That ball went out (112) miles per hour, so I’m pretty sure [Jean Segura] was looking for that pitch right there. But if he maybe took that pitch there for a strike, it is a different game. Who knows?” -Carlos Carrasco [North Jersey]
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