After a longnine years the New York Mets can finally pop open up the champagne and celebrate winning the National League East. While it is easiest for Mets fan to feel happiest for David Wright due to him being the longest tenured Met during the playoff drought that is finally no more, Terry Collins is the one who has made his first postseason as a manager after a long eleven seasons in the big leagues.
Collins failed to make the playoffs with the Astros and Angels and it was safe to assume that he might never get the chance again to manage baseball at the professional level. That is until 2011 when the Mets were cleaning up house and had just hired Sandy Alderson to take over the duties as general manager, who went on to hire Collins. Despite losing records every year it was always known that Collins was the guy who always got the best out of his players and after finally given a talented roster he showed what a group of unproven rookies and veterans on the downside of their careers proved they can do. The third managing gig was absolutely the charm for Collins and with the way this team is playing the fun might just be getting started in Queens.
Emotions were running high for all of the Mets faithful but after the swing and a miss for strike three to seal the ballgame it was Terry Collins who ran out of the dugout with his teammates with “tears of joy”’ as said by Gary Cohen with the call that showed Terry Collins has for his job, the Mets, and baseball.
“This is what it’s all about. This is why you play the game” said by Terry Collins in his postgame interview with champagne bottles being sprayed everywhere and cigars in the mouths of every Mets player.
“There’s no way to describe it until you’ve done it.”
Every Mets fan can relate to this because they have waited longer than Collins himself for this opportunity to celebrate for nearly a decade. Terry Collins winning the NL east is truly special but go win the World Series and talk to the media about your feelings then because this season is far from over.