Terry Collins has been the manager since the walls at Citi Field were black, Willie Harris was playing Third Base, and Ryota Igarashi was in the Mets bullpen. Many people have called for Collins’ resignation, and reports were that Collins was going to be on the chopping block had the Mets lost the series against the Padres this past August.
Now, however, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Collins could be stepping down from the management position as soon as the end of 2017. “I just need to re-evaluate at the end of this coming year what’s going on, where I am, how I’m feeling,” said Collins, who stated that the 2016 season was exceptionally tough on him. Asked by Rubin if the next season would be his last as a manager if he felt the same toll in October 2017 as he does in October 2016, Collins indicated that was a valid argument.
Overall, I’d be sad to see Collins go, but it’s no secret that the Collins chapter in Mets Baseball is ending and ending rapidly. While Collins is very likable and no player has anything bad to say about him, he made some questionable decisions down the stretch run that could have prevented us from making the Wild Card game. There was a one week stretch where fans had something bad to say about Terry every single day, and while no fan-manager relationship is going to be completely sound, the cry for Collins to be fired was a little too loud this past year.
I know it’s been a while since the May recap, but I’m waiting on the images from the awesome blog UniformLineup.com, and I’ll be sure to continue to do this throughout the offseason.
Here is a breakdown of the Mets June uniforms:
- Home White Pinstripes: 9 games out of 10. (5-4 record) Paired with Primary cap.
- Blue Home Alternate: 0 game out of 10. (NOT WORN) Paired with Home Alt cap.
- 1986 Throwback Alt: 0 games out of 10 (NOT WORN) Paired with throwback cap.
- Road Grey: 12 games out of 17 ( 5-7 record) paired with Primary cap.
- Road Blue Alternate: 4 games out of 17 ( 0-4 record) paired with road alternate cap.
- **Special** Royal Giants Road: 1 game out of 10 (1-0 record)
- **Special** Father’s Day Home: 1 game out of 17 (0-1 record)
And here is a breakdown of the Mets June Caps:
- Primary Mets cap: 21 games out of 27 ( 10-11 record)
- Road Alternate cap: 4 games out of 27 ( 0-4 record)
- Home Alternate cap: 0 game out of 27 (NOT WORN)
- Original Mets Throwback cap: 0 games out of 27 (NOT WORN)
- Special Caps: 2 games out of 27 (1-1 record)
Two nights ago, the Mets fell to the Giants in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game. Here is a personal recap of the night:
Waking up on Wednesday Morning, I had no tickets for the Wild Card game, but I had a fairly good feeling that I was going to find a way to get tickets to the game.
Through one of my relatives connections, we were able to purchase three tickets from Sterling Equities in Section 332, and for those that don’t know, that is a seat on the third base side of the Excelsior Level. So, I walked into the stadium with my mobile tickets (which are convenient, as you only really need your phone until you walk through the gate, as the machine at the game automatically prints out a ticket slip once you scan your phone.)
After walking through the gate, I received word that one of my parents friends had two extra tickets on the field level of all places, and after getting all of the logistics worked out, my machine printed ticket slip for the excelsior level became a commemorative field level ticket!
The view from my new section (123) was also very good, but there were a few Giants fans nearby my seat, which I expected, since it was behind the Giants bullpen. Here was the view of the field around two hours prior to first pitch:
Notice the Giants fans off to the right? They actually seemed like nice folks. I didn’t have a real conversation with them, but they seemed mesmerized by how close they were. Another noteworthy thing was the strange advertisements that MLB (not the Mets) put on the ribbon board during the pre-game. Two that caught my eye was Pepsi (since Pepsi and the Mets just broke up, and there is a giant Coca-Cola sign in right field) and Bank of America (since we were at “Citi” Field).
I don’t remember this last year, but I do remember seeing strange ads during the 2013 All-Star Game. After enjoying the view for a few minutes, I realized that I was very hungry, and that I wouldn’t be leaving my seat during the game, so I went to Shake Shack. The lines were long, but after half and hour, we had food in our hands.
After eating the Shake Shack (which was good as always), I walked around the area behind home plate, and noticed that the line in Danny Meyer’s other establishment, Papa Rosso, or, Papa No-go, was empty:
Not sure what happened with Papa Rosso, I’ve never tried the Pizza, and, frankly, I’ve never seen someone trying the pizza.
Anyway, with the start time approaching, I headed over to my seats to hear the introductions of the players. For those that missed the first pitch, the Mets honored fallen FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy, with his son throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the actual first pitch. Here’s a clip:
While it was an awesome moment, it’s a little embarrassing that ESPN didn’t film the actual pitch – which was a gem – and instead showed a shot of Michael as the ball cruised into John Franco’s glove. After the players were introduced it was time for Baseball!
The energy level was amazing, and the Mets decision to hand out rally towels like they did last year was a good one. My mother summed it up very well: It was like going to church. One second we were sitting down, the next we were jumping up and cheering on Syndergaard. The Mets were constantly prompting fans to purchase postseason gear, which you really shouldn’t do since a loss takes them out of the postseason:
I think the best moment was Granderson’s catch, mainly because, from our seats, we didn’t know if Granderson had caught the ball or not, and when he raised his ball up high, I high fived ten random strangers.
Until the ninth inning, the game was tied, and it was very cool to see all those zeros on the scoreboard, especially after watching the Mets face the Twins, Marlins and Phillies:
Unfortunately, as we all know, the Mets lost the game, after Conor Gillespie hit a crushing three run homerun, which I recapped here.
After the Mets lost, the focus of the fans quickly changed to getting the hell out of the stadium if you were a Mets fan, or, if you were a Giants fan, pushing over Mets fans to get as close as possible to the Giants dugout. Meanwhile, the final score was displayed for the final time in 2016, with ribbon boards thanking Mets fans for their loyalty and support.
Notice the security running down the line to keep fans in order. After the long, emotion filled game, there were a lot of frustrated faces, but as I’ve learned over the last few years, there is always next year.
Well, that’s it for the 2016 Mets, the worst Met team to ever take the field in a postseason game.
However, for a team composed of nobodies, free agents, young rosters and others, they played awfully well, and fans should be proud of their accomplishments. However, it’s no secret that the Mets could have been on a plane to Wrigley Field if they had played their cards right. Let’s evaluate the game in-depth in the first and only edition of Postseason Reaction.
Bumgarner vs Syndergaard. The duel everyone was anticipating. Coming into the game, we learned early that it was going to be the highest priced Wild Card game in Baseball history, and it’s no secret the duel was even better than it was advertised. Syndergaard got 10 Giants batters to strikeout in his seven innings of work, and his fastball topped out at around 98 miles per hour. Bumgarner was even better, finishing off with a four hit complete game shut out, never letting a Met advance past second base.
Syndergaard, while dominant, had a high pitch count due to a few long at bats and walks. That forced him to exit the game in the seventh inning, which, is fine, considering the Mets had the man who led the National League in holds to pitch the 8th, and the flamethrower that lead the Majors in saves to pitch the 9th. The 8th, while not “un-eventful” went scoreless, but during the 9th inning, Giants backup shortstop Conor Gillespie knocked the wind out of the 44,747 fans in attendance at Citi Field. Bumgarner then locked the game down in the bottom of the ninth, and the Giants ran on to the field to celebrate a Wild Card win.
What went wrong in the top of the ninth? Well, the leadoff double was an issue, but Pagan gave you an out, and you had Joe Panik, who had looked ugly at the plate all game, with a man on second and one out. In the moment, walking him didn’t seem like a terrible idea, but in retrospect, it would have made more sense to battle with Panik, walk Gillespie, and force the Giants to pull Bumgarner from the game.
However, the walk of Panik was not an intentional walk, it was a walk that was given after a long at-bat, and, frankly, all you can do is give the Giants credit for playing better than we did. Bumgarner is a stellar, top tier pitcher, one of the best in postseason history, and they deserved the win.
Congrats Giants, good luck in Chicago, you will need it.
Some recap tomorrow, and a photo blog on Friday. Sad way to end such a great season, but we will be on top soon enough. Let’s Go Mets, see you all on Opening Day!
Looks like the Blue uniforms will be worn for the Wild Card game, seems like a strange move to be honest. Read below for the full explanation, and add one loss for the last game of the season against the Phillies, when we wore the road blues…
The Mets are a season low four games behind a postseason spot, yet the thing that interests me right now are the Mets uniforms. Well, I’m not a superstitious man, but what I’m about to explain is getting weird, so bare with me.
Yesterday, the Mets lost to Arizona by a score of 13 to 5, while wearing their road blue uniforms, with their road alternate caps. I was expecting this selection for yesterday’s game, as Jon Niese was pitching. For those that don’t know, Niese, Harvey and Wheeler tend to select the blue uniforms whenever they have the chance to. Obviously that’s not always the case, Harvey has chosen the traditional home and road uniforms this year, and in 2014, Wheeler only chose the road blues.
Anyway, if you have been following me on Twitter the last few weeks, you may have noticed that I’ve been complaining about the Mets…
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San Fransisco Giants:
- Denard Span
- Brandon Belt
- Buster Posey
- Hunter Pence
- Brandon Crawford
- Angel Pagan
- Joe Panik
- Conor Gillaspie
- Madison Bumgarner
New York Mets:
- Jose Reyes, 3B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
T.J Rivera, 2B
Jay Bruce, RF
Rene Rivera, C
James Loney, 1B
Noah Syndergaard, P
SNY’s pregame coverage starts at 5pm with Mets Playoffs Live. Find SNY by consulting your local listings.
Tomorrow’s Starter, Noah Syndergaard, is today’s focus for #LinksAboutHim: