I have been very hard on Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and Curtis Granderson this year. I have asked if TC can manage a winning team, asked for MLB to investigate the Mets and Sandy, and called for Curtis to never play against LHP or leadoff a game for this team. Well for my 7 loyal readers of this blog I am here to say I was wrong. This TEAM is a TEAM.
TC has managed this TEAM through highs of highs and lows of lows. Not once has this TEAM quit on TC this year. That says something. He has not always made the right pitching move in game, put out the smartest lineup but this TEAM has not quit on him and now plays as if they would run through a wall for him.
Sandy went out and added TEAM players. Yes Cespedes is flashy with his Mr. T chains hanging out, his bright yellow sleeve and his underhand throws, however he came here with a TEAM attitude. He said he would play center field and has been solid on the field with no fan fair other than flash. Uribe, Johnson and Clippard all came in, accepted their roles and added talent to this team.
Grandy has been a pro. He has lead this TEAM by never giving up, never throwing hissy fits, nothing. He has been everything that he was advertised in the clubhouse and community even if he hasn’t fully lived up on the field. When you look at his numbers in the leadoff spot they have been very good and now that he has talent behind him he continues to flourish.
Last night in the 9th inning was when I realized I would be writing about this TEAM today. The Mets gave up 4 runs to make the game 6-4. Lagares, who has been relegated to the bench unless a lefty is pitching, came up to lead off. He put the ball in play and was safe on an error. The next batter was the before mentioned Grandy. He hit what looked like a single that he stretched into a double with pure hustle. While doing so he forced a throw that ended up skipping away from the Phillies and allowed Lagares to score. Lagares never hesitated, watched the play the whole way and ended up scoring. The Mets were up two runs and having 1st and 3rd with no outs would be huge, but because of hustle it ended up a run scoring double. That is TEAM…. Next up was Cespedes. He hit what was a sure standup double, scored Grandy and that would give the Mets a 4 run lead. But nope, hustle lead him to a triple. Now do you think Grandy’s hustle on the prior play motivated Cespedes to go 3 instead of an easy 2? I do. Again 9th inning hustle, which lead to a Murphy sac fly and a 9-4 easy victory. This is a TEAM.
I have wrote the word TEAM in all caps today to invoke the notion that this Mets group is a TEAM. There is no one player, no one goal besides winning. This is a TEAM. The Nationals will not catch the Mets because they are untalented, because they can’t hit, catch or run, no the Nationals won’t catch the Mets because they are not a TEAM. Their big deadline move was a pitcher who wouldn’t come in and do what was needed, he would only CLOSE games. Yeah that is not a TEAM player. While the Nationals can have their “Me First” players, I will take the job Sandy did in putting together this TEAM…
Finally, Lets go METS!! I believe in this TEAM!