In 1976, Bob Myrick found out the hard way how Grote felt about losing when the Mets rookie pitcher beat his catcher in a game of Backgammon, causing Grote to explode, sending the board and its pieces across the room with a single swing of the arm.
Last Saturday, just a few hours before the news leaked that Terry Collins would be named manager of the New York Mets, Kennesaw State University professor and author Dr. J.C. Bradbury presented his research findings at Session 13B during the Southern Economic Association conference in Atlanta.
How’s this for irony: When Terry Collins was hired to manage the Houston Astros in 1994, he walked around the clubhouse during Spring Training wearing a t-shirt – or making a statement – that read, “Second place is the first loser.”
“My approach to leadership has always been to come in and make the organization in place better rather than different. And my inclination has never been to implement change by changing personnel. It probably goes back to the Marine Corps. If you’re a platoon commander, you don’t get to pick and choose. These are your guys. This is who we have. Let’s figure out how to get the job done.” — Sandy Alderson, San Diego Tribune
The New York Mets have it backwards.