It wasn’t a full on snap ala Tommy Lasorda or Lee Elia (how awesome is this rant)
…but Collins went off in his postgame press conf more than any Met manager I can recall
Read the entire copy on MetsBlog but here are HiLites:
“I’m sick of trying to describe 7th innings. … I’ll tell you what, Andrew McCutchen plays the game right. That son of a bitch runs down there 3.9, 4 flat… That’s how you play, and that’s how we’ve got to start playing… I’m running out of ideas here … Make no mistake about it, I truly believe in the players we have… I don’t care who were All Stars, who weren’t All Stars, this is a team thing… I sit up here every night trying to figure out what can we do to get us over the top… I don’t have the answers. I’m searching. I’m ringing the rag dry, coming in here, having to look at you guys looking at me like I’m a stinking fool. I told these guys, ‘We’re good enough, but we have to play the game right.’ We just can’t continue to make foolish mistakes. … They’re big-league players. They should be able to do it… And, I’m not just pointing the finger at the players. I told the coaches, ‘We’ve got to do a better job… Something’s going to be changing.”
Thank you Terry for bringing some fire and showing your frustration. Willie was too uptight to reveal frustration. Howe was half dead and Manuel’s cool cat act wouldn’t allow it. It’s an incredibly refreshing change for the timid Mets. And if nothing else bought Collins some credit with the fans.
But he’s right the defense got sloppy. The game started with the Mets looking like all-stars making every play including:
Jason Bay made a great diving catch - Murphy’s sweet scoop on low Harris throw - Tejada’s dive up middle and flip from stomach to Turner to get force at second - Paulino guns down Neil Walker for first time all season
Special mention to Andrew McCutchen who made a helluva over the shoulder catch sliding into the OF wall in deep center - And RF Paul who laid out to snare a Murphy rocket in deep R/CF
But then the D betrayed us.
First Harris made the play forcing a runner out on Tejada’s toss. His toe was clearly on the bag but the ump blew the call. If Willie just caught the ball and looked to another base I betcha he gets that call but he fooled the ump once he applied a tag.
The came the 5 infield hits plus Pagan couldn’t make play in center - Beltran failed to make a catch getting caught in between - Harris fields a high hopper and goes to second for an around the horn DP instead of home for the EZ force out.
Maybe Collins will spur his guys to make better split second decisions because he’s right they’re def hustling out there