We’re A Better Team Than People Give Us Credit For
Don’t look now, but the Mets are a win Tuesday away from matching the best start in franchise history — established by the 1985 edition, which opened 5-0.
“Everybody is excited about the start,” Terry Collins said after the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, Monday night at Citi Field on Daniel Murphy’s walk-off RBI single. “We talked about it in the first meeting we had in spring training — the importance of getting out of the gate. No. 1, we know it’s a long year. We know it’s four games. But I think we want to show our fans, what we say, maybe there’s some truth to it. And that is that we’re a better team than people are giving us credit for.”
Via ESPN New York
Bill Parcells used to say it all the time. “You are what your record says you are.” Maybe that’s a little simplistic or maybe even an overstatement, but there’s something beyond the ordinary at work here. As fans you have the right to snicker and scoff at these results. You have the right not to believe what your eyes are seeing. But are you watching and listening to what the players on this team are doing and saying?
Terry Collins has all of these players believing in themselves. When spring training started and he addressed them as a group for the very first time he told them, “You Suck… That’s what everybody out there is saying about you.”.
“You can either accept that and do nothing, or you can take control and prove them all wrong.”
Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis came away angry and determined – they instantly became committed to kicking some ass this season and the two of them made a pact. Others soon followed suit.
This 4-0 start is a product of sheer determination and a team brimming with confidence. Those are two key elements to any winning season. That’s how it always starts. I’m not saying the Mets are going all the way, only that the teams that usually do are the ones that believe in each other and play with an aggressiveness and sense that they are in every game down to last out.
Credit the players for executing on the field, but give even more credit to the manager who has this team fighting like a band of brothers.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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