Terry Collins is trying to make his stamp on the New York Mets. Terry expects his team to be prepared and has altered the Mets approach towards the 2011 Season.
"I'm the same person," Collins told the WSJ Monday after the Mets' first full-squad workout.
"I told them, 'Look, I care. I care about how we prepare. And if things don't go good, if things aren't going the way I want them to be done, I'm going to address them.' Will I get mad? You better believe I'm going to get mad. I give a [darn] how this team plays, I really do."
"But there is the other side," he continued. "I do love the game. I do enjoy being out there. Today was the most fun I've had in 12 years."
The themes of his remarks were familiar: optimism, determination, accountability. But third baseman David Wright said no one delivers a message quite like Collins.
"He wins for probably being the most red in the face," Wright said. "It's like a snowball. He starts out kind of at a normal voice. It picks up a few decibels, and then a few more. By the end of it, he's yelling and screaming and sweating and red in the face."
Collins said clubhouse rules were not discussed Monday, but there will be at least one new rule. Players will not be allowed to play cards within a certain amount of time before games.
Pregame card games became an issue last year when former hitting coach Howard Johnson criticized players for spending more time dealing at the table than swinging in the cage.
"There's going to be a time we're going to shut it off and get ready to play," Collins said.
On the back fields here, Collins is perpetually in motion, jogging from one to another. He was annoyed when he saw players standing around Thursday, so he had one of his coaches buy a boat horn to remind players when it was time to move on to the next drill.
Go Terry get them in shape! Go Mets!!