This post is apropos of nothing. The content below wasn't even intended to be a blog post; it was to be entered into the comment thread of a story that was published during one of the recent Mets-fan flare-ups about manager Terry Collins. I liked what I wrote, and I still do, but I ultimately decided against posting it at the time. It seemed pointless.
Internet arguments have always seemed a bit pointless to me. Sometimes it's fun to get into a little sports-talk banter, but exchanges all-too-often stumble down a rabbit hole of misunderstanding, quibbling over semantics, and even outright vitriol. I aim to enjoy sports--baseball in particular--and it feels absurd to voluntarily engage an anonymous someone in a type-written showdown simply because I disagree with their opinion.
See that? I went down a little rabbit hole of my own. All I meant to do was post a previously un-posted comment; but I suppose I needed to stand up on my soapbox first! Anyway, without further ado:
Have the Mets ever fallen short of expectations under his (Terry Collins') watch? Nope. Has he been handed an awesome team and failed, somehow, to capitalize on it? Nope. Is he generally positive, upbeat, and a public advocate for his players? Most of the time, yes. As soon as he starts throwing his players under the bus to the media, and as soon as he somehow sabotages an otherwise promising season, I will join the calls for managerial change -- but not a moment sooner.
It seems the only people who are consistently pissed off by and dissatisfied with Terry to the point where they want him fired are fans. So he sometimes makes questionable in-game decisions -- so does every other manager, and so will whomever winds up replacing Terry someday. To that point, incidentally, it should be noted, again, that TC and all managers are working with a hell of a lot more information than any of us fans at any given time. Another thing people seem to dislike is his occasional duplicity with the media about what he plans to do with a player, etc. Again, who really cares? It isn't Terry's job to pander to the fanbase. His job is to work with what he has in front of him and do what he thinks is best.