MMO Mets Quotables: Opening Day Edition

Here’s a another edition of MMO Mets Quotables which includes some pre and post Opening Day game quotes as well as some other assorted goodies.

“It’s a great feeling. We’re as ready as we can possibly be right now. We’ve got the big boy going and that means a lot. That’s an exciting time for everybody to see him on the mound again. It’s Opening Day. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” ~ Terry Collins on Opening Day.

“It means everything that we have done since I had my surgery all the way to today has paid off. We worked hard, and I’m very happy that I have an opportunity to start the season from day one with the team. That’s something that I really was looking forward to. I’m excited about it.” ~ Johan Santana on Opening Day start.

“It was exciting, especially in the big situations, you could really feel it. You missed that a little bit last year when you’re not winning for them, and they want you to win, so to get the crowd back in the game really meant a lot to us.”  ~ Josh Thole

“It don’t matter to me. He ran Ronny out there. Ronny made a good play on a funky hop. So I started screaming to T.C. I told him it was a great managing move. He’s a better defender than I am. I mean, I’m not going to say I’m a better defender than he is. So, good play.” ~ Daniel Murphy after being replaced for defense in the ninth.

“You can’t ask for anything better, knowing it was the perfect situation to show some negative people out there that we can do it. I believe that we’re going to win a lot of more games like that.” ~ Frank Francisco

“He really cared about his team. Carter’s nickname — “Kid” — was a fitting one. He was happy among a bunch of animals. He never said anything negative or bad about anybody. How do you do that?” ~ Darryl Strawberry 

“It’s a tribute to one of the great players to ever play the game and certainly one of the great Mets that’s ever played. A lot of these guys didn’t know Gary, but the ones who knew him, they can’t say enough good things about him. Not only was he a great player and great teammate, but off the field, one of the greatest humanitarians there is. It’s an honor to wear his number today and everybody supports it and I think it’s really a cool gesture.” ~ Terry Collins

“I don’t think it’s going to be able to turn a guy who hits two home runs into a guy who hits 50. But for guys that hit the ball in the air, I imagine it’s going to help a little bit. Whether it’s three, four, five, ten outs or doubles that end up being home runs, it makes a pretty big difference when you look at it at the end of the year.” ~ Jason Bay on new walls.

“I think David Wright is a shining star and if you are on the world’s biggest stage, you have to keep your shining star. David Wright is a cornerstone. You build teams around guys like him. Certainly, when I think of the Mets, I think of David Wright. I think he exemplifies what this town and what this organization is all about.” ~ Chipper Jones

“There are so many arms in this organization; it’s pretty impressive. The next couple of years, if they do it right, this is going to be the franchise that everybody in baseball is going to say, “Where did all of these pitchers come from?” They’re that good.” ~ Frank Viola on Mets pitching prospects.

“It’s a blessing. I’m not really surprised, because they wanted to do it, and they expressed interest. I think both sides wanted to get it done fairly quickly, before the season got going. It’s a burden off my shoulders and it’s something that I don’t have to think about when I go out and pitch. I can just go out and pitch and have fun and help the team win.” ~ Jon Niese on his new deal.

Lets Go Mets!