Eleven games into his New York Mets tenure, after his team had lost for the sixth time in seven games, manager Terry Collins addressed his players on Wednesday night.
His message: Don’t get dispirited the moment adversity happens in a game, such as the deflation that occurred after Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s three-run homer in the fifth inning Wednesday, which turned the Mets’ two-run lead into a deficit en route to a 5-4 loss.
“I’ve been on teams where you go through a stretch like this and it’s easy to slough off, it’s easy to say, ‘Woe is me. Here we go again. We’ll just get ready for tomorrow,’” Collins said about his motivation for addressing the players. “We can’t. We’ve got to press forward. We’ve got to come back and make tonight be the night. … I just want to make sure that everybody still realizes that this is a nine-inning, 27-out [game], or however many innings you’ve got to play -- if the team comes back in the sixth inning and takes the lead that we’ve still got innings to play.”
Said third baseman David Wright about Collins’ postgame powwow: “It lasted two minutes. Everybody knows that we’ve got to play better. The record speaks for itself. But it’s important not necessarily to come in here and talk about winning. It’s more of our reactions after pivotal plays. We’ve got to make sure nobody is hanging their head. We’re still talking about 10, 11 games into the season. So we’ve just got to make sure we keep it positive, keep our heads up.”