For the next six months my husband will welcome the sight of me shaking my head in front of the TV without having to question, “The Mets?”
My relationship with the only baseball team I’ve ever loved has had its share of difficulties this season. Without getting into too many details, let’s just say while I was in the bedroom, the Mets were sleeping on the couch.
In a year fraught with a flurry of injuries, and the departure of a slew of fan favorites, it’s par for the course that on the final game of the regular season they were shut out on a Sunday 11-0 by the bottom dwellers in their division.
The Mets 70-92 was their first 90-loss season since having the same record in 2009. After the game manager Terry Collins, the longest tenured manager in Mets history announced that he would not be returning to the team he took to the World Series in his first winning season.
Collins was emotional in facing the final curtain of his seven-year stint two days after David Wright blasted fellow teammates for anonymously ripping their now former skipper for a season that turned sour.
“We certainly had bigger plans than what occurred. But there’s some things you’ve got to be able to do and right now, I think this is best for the organization and I’m a team guy, I’ll always be a team guy. I’m a team player. It’s been a blast, but it’s time.”
Player unrest has plagued the controversial 68-year old throughout his career, losing managerial positions with the Angels from 1994-1996 and Astros during the 1997-1999 seasons.
Compromised this season without his prolific pitching staff, and two key bats in his line up – Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto, Collins admitted that the losses had taken a toll.
“There was a time this summer when I said gee, I’m not sure I can keep doing this,” Collins said, his voice cracking with emotion. “I care, I care about the team. And it was getting tough. They kept falling down and so did I.”
So with an apparent role in the organization for Collins to be named later, the Mets continue to search for his replacement. The list of candidates range from current hitting coach Kevin Long, former coaches Bob Geren and Chip Hale, and former Mets player Robin Ventura, among others.
Going into the Mets off-season, I’m already anticipating pitchers and catchers reporting in February. Oh, and about that head shaking? My poor husband didn’t consider that I’m also a fan of the NY Giants.