Wally Backman emerged from his final-round managerial interview about 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. Here's what the fan favorite had to say:
How did it go?
"It went good. It went very good."
Can you share anything of what you guys talked about?
"We just talked about baseball stuff. All baseball stuff. It went very well, I thought."
You really are the fan favorite. Do you appreciate that? And why do you think that is?
"Well, I played there. I think it's great. The meeting went good. We talked a lot of baseball and it was a good meeting, a very good meeting."
What are you impressions of the team they have in place right now? Is this a team that's ready to contend? Or is it rebuilding?
"I think the team is ready to win still."
Was it more getting to know Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi?
"It was getting to know everybody. It was not real long, but it was basically about baseball, staff, things like that."
You had waited a long time for something like this. Was it emotional at all?
"No, it wasn't emotional at all."
The Mets obviously value you. If it doesn't work out with the major league club, has the prospect of working in the minors again with a promotion been raised?
"I'm not even looking at that right now. I was in there for one reason -- that was to manage the Mets."
And that was the one position you talked about?