Terry Collins leaned his bony elbows against the facade of the dugout at Great American Ballpark and peered through the fencing. The silver-haired man with deep creases around his eyes, watched as a group of 20-somethings went about their business of winning a division title; many of them are young enough to be – not his son – but grandson.
Last Wednesday, after the New York Mets second blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins assured everyone, “there’s no panic here, believe me. Not in the clubhouse. Not anyplace else.” Collins told Adam Rubin at ESPN New York there was no need for a team meeting … players will start tuning them out.
“They know what’s going on,” said Collins.
I’ve been in the game for many, many years. I’m well aware that the end is going to come in the near future.
Bartolo Colon has a secret, but no for long.
When the New York Mets signed Colon to a two-year, $20 million deal prior to the 2014 season, fans and the media scoffed at investing in an aging veteran pitcher. Colon is now 41, but honestly, his physique suggests he’s closer to 55. What we saw — an out-of-shape pitcher with a large waistline and legs like small oak trees — was not what the Mets received.
Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects while players gush giddy gibberish sweeter than the citrus of a pomelo.
The Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego. The New York Mets are actively … talking to teams. On Monday, manager Terry Collins addressed the media. Below is a condensed version of the media Q&A with the Mets manager.