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Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

Posted on: April 1, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 2:09 pm
By Matt Snyder

With his team set to open the 2011 season, new Mets manager Terry Collins took the time to write an open letter to fans of the maligned ballclub. ( )

Among the things in the letter, Collins told fans that the Mets would play the game the right way, in that his players would "always hustle on the bases, run balls down in the outfield and never take anything for granted."

He also took the time to talk up the players on the roster, naming nearly everyone on the opening day roster. He talks about Carlos Beltran's class in moving to right field, Angel Pagan's great 2010 season and how great the outfield will be when Jason Bay is back at full strength.

Collins calls Jose Reyes "one of the most dynamic players in the game," and mentions David Wright will add to his totals from last season. After hitting on Ike Davis, Brad Emaus and Josh Thole, he goes through the pitching staff almost one by one.

For the close, Collins said: "It's been 12 years since I have started a season as a Major League manager. I can't tell you how proud I am to be leading the New York Mets and am very excited about the season ahead."

I love the style here. Collins has a fan base that is disgruntled with how things have gone in recent years and he's continuing to build a relationship with the fans like he's been doing all spring. He's a true professional.

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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2011 6:07 pm

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

I remember the '69 Mtes, 86-88mets, wow, they were great then. Now? Hey Mets fans, trade your ownwers , [Boston?maybe]
They are worse then Al Davis.
Okay now, you cant trade em, dont go to games, buy mechendise like another poster says, force 'em to sell. Maybe you'll get an owner who cares about the team winning and will bring back the glory days.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:46 pm

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

As Mets fans, we have to appreciate Collins' devotion as a manager and confidence on his team.  However, reality will soon hit Collins.  The Mets best pitcher (Mike Pelfrey) gave up a grand salami in the fourth inning to the Marlins catcher.  Pelfrey gave up five runs in like 4 or 5 innings.  If this is what our "ace" is able to do on the mound, how the heck can things be cloud 9 over at Flushing?

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:30 pm

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

I heard Collins make all of these comments with Mike Francesca on WFAN New York yesterday. He certainly sounds enthusiastic. With the beginning of a new season, when everything seems so bright with possibilities, he'd better have that attitude. However, my feeling is that he's going along with the company line and trying to make the team sound better than it really is in order to get the fans all jacked up to come out to Citi Field and buy some tickets. Granted there is some talent, but not enough to make this team a contender in the seemingly competitive NL East.

In regards to the letter itself, the Mets have used this tactic in the past. Ownership, Omar Minaya and others have sent these letters via email to the fans in order to appease them. It's a PR move to make the fans think that they hear their complaints and are trying to fix things. It's not going to work. The Wilpons are not being up front about their financial situation. The fact is, it's very easy to read between the lines - they don't have the money to run this team. Everyone knows that Jose Reyes is gone at the end of this season if not by the trading deadline. They're going to try to get away with fielding a team in a big market with a small market budget.  I for one am not going to spend any money on tickets this season. They are my team and I'll root for them every night from the comfort of my living room couch. But I will not spend a single dollar at that stadium.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 9:05 am

I pity Met's fans

As a Phillie fan I have to say it was more fun beating them when they thought they had a chance. Now this. Just pathetic.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:55 am

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

What I find hilarious is that MLB would not consider the possibility of Donald Trump becoming a minority owner of the Mets, simply because he owns casinos and is therefore involved in the gambling industry, yet the current owners of the team were involved in the most massive ponzi scheme in US history.  Why should they be allowed to continue to run the team?  Steinbrenner was suspended for far less, in my opinion.

Trump is a sleazeball, but at least he's open about it.

You think it's no fun hating the Mets right now?  Try being a fan.  I have no problem with them losing 99 games this season if they "play the right way," as Collins promises.  But I'm not sure what he means by the right way, given his moneyball past.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:44 am

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

the bashing the mets have got for this is ALL NONSENSE.... the past years they had letters come from Omar and i think Jerry.... I would say im pretty sure but not postive that we got even from Willie.... but every year Omar sent one of these (what prob isnt them anyway) and im pretty sure but not 100% positive that other teams do this and have done it but only the mets get bashed for it......

its all nonsense

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:28 pm

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

Dear Ottomax,
That is easily the most intelligent thing I ever heard any Met fan say.  I mean that.  And I would like to add I hope you fix it soon because as a guy who has enjoyed hating the Mets for years and years, its just not fun now, the whole situation is so pathetic and ugly there is no joy in rooting against you.

Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2011 1:15 pm

Collins writes open letter to Mets fans

You have to feel badly for this poor man. He joins a broken team with criminal owners and has to sell it to an angry mob of a fan base that is tired of this disgusting charade. My advice to Collins as a beaten up, fed-up lifetime Met fan is: RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. In reality, the Mets will most likely file bankruptcy by mid-season, be taken over by MLB.  It is unlikely that an investor will buy a minority investment when they can buy the whole team for the same amount of money by the end of the season. Thanks to greedy Fred and spoiled brat Jeffy, You stole our money, invested it in a criminal ponzi venture, made and hid millions for yourselves, and left us with a broke lousy team.

My fellow Met fans: Boycott this team, do not give any more of your hard earned pay to criminal owners.  

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