The Mets got swept today by the Diamondbacks, losing 9-0.
The Mets have also fallen to .500. It has not been pretty lately for the Mets, as they have not won consecutive games in over a month. Terry Collins has been called into question by many fans, and honestly, who can blame them.
Late in the game we saw Collins speaking to veteran Curtis Granderson, with captain David Wright sitting right there. You could tell Collins was unhappy, and you could safely assume that a need of stepping up and setting an example were discussed.
The serious conversations continued in today’s postgame press conference. Collins ranted. And ranted. And ranted. He gave an approximate four-minute rant, stated “That’s all I’ve got to say,” and walked out.
He questioned the passion of the players, and did take some of the blame. He also stated that there’s a whole team in Vegas that wants to play in the majors if the current Mets players don’t want to play.
Some of the highlights of Collins’ rant are below:
"“I’m the manager here. It starts with me…I don’t care who’s not here. There are no excuses here.”“I know one thing: There’s got to be passion to play.”“Starting tomorrow we’re going to get after it. And if you don’t want to get after it then I’ll find someone else.”"
The rant was essentially Collins questioning the effort of the Mets right now, their passion level, and their want to win. The rant was needed…..but also approximately five weeks too late.
The Mets heard this rant as well. Twenty-minutes postgame the Mets didn’t open their clubhouse, which is a breach of CBA rules, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. A team meeting was still going on a half hour after the game.
The Mets need to get their act together. They are not playing like defending NL East Champs. In fact, you can argue that they’re not even playing like a major league team. They are embarrassing themselves and basically giving away a playoff spot.
Was this rant from Collins warranted? 100%. Was it overdue? 100%. Will this rant and team meeting help the Mets shape up? Fans can only hope.
Watch the entire rant below: