Terry Collins says Mets haven’t quit, still have fight

The Mets trailed 4-1 at the end of the first inning, tied the game in the fifth; but then quickly fell behind, tied it, and eventually regained the lead for good scoring four runs in the 10th inning.

Following the game, Terry Collins told reporters:

I’ll tell you what I see, this team has been accused of folding it up, and I disagree with that. I disagreed when I heard it. I know the guys in that lockerroom, I know what they’re made of, I know what they’re personalities are. And, when you don’t hit, it looks like you don’t care. That’s just the nature of the game. When you don’t hit and there’s no action going on it looks like you’ve folded and they have not. They’re going to play it out. There are guys playing for jobs, there are guys playing for careers, and there is still a lot of fight.”

The win last night moved the Mets to within a game of Philadelphia for third place in the NL East.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Yes, this can be true (to a certain extent), not hitting will make a team look lethargic. However, last week (specifically those games against the Rockies), I saw a team not hitting, but they were also not running the bases well, they were booting the ball around like a Little League team, and overall they looked rather defeated (i.e., hanging shoulders, no reaction, and a look of just going through the motions). I think quit is a strong word. I never wrote ‘quit,’ and anyone who thinks these guys quit is not respecting them as professionals. However, I do think it’s totally understandable that they might feel and look a bit deflated and be exhausted. It happens to most teams during a long season, even those who shake it off and win rings. And so, I’m watching closely to see how Terry and his players respond. If they stumble, lose and look defeated, we’ll all be disappointed, but we will get over it and so will they. Spring Training and 2013 will eventually arrive either way. But, if they can finish strong, it will give us and the team something to talk about, rally around and build upon for the following year… and the last three games have been a good sign.