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Terry Collins apologizes

May 16, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

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On Tuesday Terry Collins said he doesn’t answer to the fans and rejected the idea that they know what’s really going on with the team. Last night he clarified those comments:

“I regret the choice of words. I certainly respect the New York fans, they are the most knowledgeable I’ve been around. They know the game, the players, the people. I’m a human being, I may have used a bad choice of words, but I’m also frustrated.”

Who wouldn’t be? But man, you just can’t give the tabloid and talk radio guys fodder in that town, especially when you’re losing.

  1. rickdobrydney - May 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Obviously pressured into apologizing —-

  2. twayward - May 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    as a mets fan, i’m willing to accept terry’s explanation and chalk it up to a momentary lapse. after all, who wouldn’t be frustrated when having to take the field night after night with a subpar outfield, 3/5 of a major league rotation and a AAAA bullpen.

  3. manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    You knew this was coming the moment the original statement left his lips. No surprise there, but kudos for doing what was necessary, Terry.

    BTW, Craig, a “clarification” further defines/explains a previous statement. This is much more of a “retraction” of the previous statement. Collins originally said that basically Mets’ fans were stupid. He now “regrets” his choice of words (intending something a bit more complex like “moronic” maybe?), but then goes on to say he “respects” the fans and that they are indeed “knowledgeable.”

    I must say that perhaps Terry was right to claim fans have no idea what is going on with the team, since he doesn’t seem to know himself. The manager is always the last to know.

  4. chill1184 - May 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Apology wasnt necessary IMO

  5. thebadguyswon - May 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Collins has no conviction. This is another example of him saying something one day and backtracking the next. He’s going to lose the clubhouse – in fact, he probably already has.

    He’s a career loser who was the wrong choice to begin with. It should have been a younger manager that could grow with a young team and not an old guy with a losing history. Terry Collins never succeeded anywhere EXCEPT when he worked behind the scenes as a minor league coordinator., They should have kept him in that role. He’s not a major league manager.

  6. jssgriffi - May 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    This guy sucks!

  7. 950003cups - May 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Mets problems start from the top and only the top. Look at the Yankees. I couldn’t name three batters starting the 2013 season. That slap-together offense is somehow in first place.

    • whocares774 - May 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      New York fans are not more knowledgeable, they just think they.
      They usually are the loudest!

    • chill1184 - May 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Wilpon isnt going away anytime soon short of death so its pretty much up to Alderson to fix everything.

  8. brucewaynewins - May 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Cardinals fans should act offended that he called New York fans the most knowledgeable. Then Yankees fans should follow suit followed by his past managing locations Anaheim and Houston. Lets make this as awkward as possible!

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