Mets’ Terry Collins is not over the World Series loss, obviously
By Michelle Ioannou
Nope, Terry Collins is not over the Mets World Series performance, and especially not over his decision in Game 5.
Did anyone to expect him to be though? We already know that Terry Collins regrets his decision to keep Matt Harvey in during Game 5 in the World Series, but TC opened up about it even more to USA Today. Yes, as you can imagine, there were a lot of f-bombs included.
"I remember telling myself when I got to the World Series, that I’m really going to enjoy this. I worked a long time to get here, and I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it.But when you get there, well, you want to win. And you want to win bad. Real bad. And when you don’t, you’re disappointed.It was shocking, how disappointed I was."
We also found out that (surprise!) it didn’t take Terry Collins only two days to get over it. Don’t worry TC, most Mets fans knew that this was not true, as the majority of us still aren’t over the World Series in general. Truthfully, will we ever be?
"I know I told everybody it took two days for me to get over it. I’m not going to (kid) you. It took a lot (f-bomb) longer than that.Believe me, I tried to enjoy it. I really did. But yet, it wasn’t enjoyable at the end.We lost. We lost the damn thing."
Collins blames himself, not Matt Harvey, not Jeurys Familia, not Lucas Duda, nor anyone else for the Game 5 loss. Would it have made a difference in the series if the Mets had won that game? Mets fans hope sure, but no one can be sure, and TC acknowledged this.
"..The whole thing is that we needed to get back to Kansas City. Hell, we had the lead in all of those games. If we could have just extended this thing, who knows what could have happened. Hell, we were going to face Johnny Cueto, who threw (122) pitches in Game 2, so he might have been tired.Nobody has got a crystal ball to predict what would have happened, but if we win that (f-bomb) game, maybe we win the (f-bomb) World Series.I used to say, later in life, that I’m not going to take things personal. Well, I did that. I took that real personal. I cost our team the (f-bomb) chance to move on. We should have won that game."
TC opened up even more on the Harvey decision:
"My gut said, “Take him out. “ My heart said, “Leave him in.’ I made the wrong decision. But I do believe this: Every once in a while you have to respect your player. The kid had a rough summer. I know what he had gone through. This is what I have been asking him to do: Step up and be the guy.’ He wanted to step up. I gave him the opportunity to make a difference.He could have easily said, “Hey, I did my job. I’m out.’ They’re chanting his name. But you saw that look in his eyes. That fire he had. He wanted it. That’s why I love this guy. He might say or do some stupid stuff sometimes like your kid, but I love him like a son.You know what, down the road, this kid may be better because of what happened. There’s no telling how good he can be."
Finally, TC spoke about the expectations of the Mets this season. We already heard about our fearless Captain David Wright warning the Mets that they now have a target on their backs, but TC’s not afraid.
"I want us to walk on the field, just like you saw for years with the Yankees and Braves and believe they’re going to win every night. There’s a swagger that good teams have, and I want us to have it. I want that confidence.I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s not an ego thing. Look, I know how good the Nationals are. I know the Marlins have a good lineup. But I want us to walk on that field, and have that look, to say, “Hey, you’re going to play really good tonight to beat us.’’So I’m not afraid of the challenges that lay ahead here."
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Mets fans aren’t either. We’re pumped to face these new challenges, and we’re pumped to watch TC lead the team to another World Series.