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Terry Collins wants Pirates fans to “reevaluate”

Jul 14, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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The Home Run Derby created some unexpected drama when Mets third baseman David Wright picked childhood friend Michael Cuddyer over Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. This caught the ire of Pirates fans, who felt that Alvarez was much more deserving of a selection. On Thursday, Cuddyer’s teammate and fellow Derby participant Carlos Gonzalez bowed out due to a sprained right middle finger. Alvarez took his spot, at long last.

On Friday, the Mets opened up a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates to wrap up the first half. Though Alvarez was in the Derby, Pirates fans jeered Wright with varying degrees of enthusiasm throughout the weekend. This upset Mets manager Terry Collins, who insists Pirates fans “better reevaluate what’s going on”.

Via Rob Biertempfel:

“When you start booing David Wright, you better re-evaluate what’s going on,” Collins said after the Mets’ 4-2 win. “Because there’s nobody who plays the game any harder or who epitomizes what you want a major league player to be than David Wright, for heaven’s sakes.”

Collins is making a mountain out of a molehill here, as Wright never really had a full cascade of heckling the way Robinson Cano did last year from Kansas City fans. Cano had passed over Butler last year as the captain of the AL Derby squad. As the host of the All-Star Game festivities were held at Kaufmann Stadium, Butler’s home ballpark, Cano was lustily booed before he took his cuts in last year’s Derby, in which he went homerless. Wright has heard much, much worse from fans in Philadelphia and in the Bronx.

  1. maritime85 - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    people, more specifically sports fans are assholes for the majority

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      I wouldn’t say most of them are assholes, but I would definitely say most of them have a very limited understanding of just what it is they’re watching.

    • romandenari - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Terry Collins is the asshole. The booing of Wright had nothing to do with his playing ability, but everything to do with his boneheaded bias of picking his FRIENDS for the derby as opposed to someone who was worthy. Far as I’m concerned, the booing wasn’t nearly enough. “terry”‘s probably an asshole too.

  2. hojo20 - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Based on attendance at last night’s game, I’d say the Pirates bandwagon is full.

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    When you send your young stud pitcher and quite possibly the future of your franchise out for the seventh inning of back-to-back games despite already having thrown 100 pitches in each outing, all in the midst of an ABSOLUTELY MEANINGLESS season during which the primary objective should be to keep players like this healthy … you’d better re-evaluate what’s going on.

  4. steelers88 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Collins needs to shutup! Wright is the Mets best player every best player on each MLB team probably gets booed. Hell even Andrew Mccutchen probably gets booed it’s apart of the game and the fans have a right to boo the others teams best player. It’s actually showing respect.

  5. steelers88 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I can’t stand bandwagon fans I’m a diehard pirates fan a diehard Pittsburgh fan and I can’t stand bandwagon fans the diehards that stuck with the Pirates through the losing years now can’t get a ticket! That’s what pisses me off!

    • runhigh24 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      All the so called “real” fans had ample opportunity to purchase tickets during the offseason. If they waited until July to buy tickets that makes them by definition bandwagon fans.

  6. jimmywho14 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    First off, hey Terry Collins I got a name for you if you want to see a pro Chase Utley. Second Alvarez absolutely deserved to be in that contest. As far as Pirate fans booing Wright keep up the good work guys.

  7. Mike Vamosi - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Not mentioned that Cano said he’d take the hometown guy (which was Billy Butler) didn’t and so Royals fans booed him all weekend. This is silly because Wright didn’t promise anything and then did put him on the derby team, different completely

  8. beerjunkie - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Collins is a poor sport crybaby pussy.

  9. dkphilly1122 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    As a Phillies fan, your last little comment is beyond wrong. David Wright is one of my favorite baseball players. So don’t assume all fans from every city are the same. He is the definition of a baseball player and brings it every game, even on crappy teams. I loved watching him play for Team USA until he got injured. I get most Philly fans get a bad rep from the idiots, but ever city has idiot fans and the rest of the normal fan base who loves the game and players thru out the league.

  10. 13arod - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    U know whats funny before mets went to pittsberg cargo was already withdrawn from the homerun derby

    • jl9830 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Please stop cutting school.

  11. flamethrower101 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    While I share little respect for Collins as a manager, he is right on here. The Pirates fans had absolutely no business booing Wright JUST BECAUSE he didn’t pick Pedro Alvarez for the HR Derby. That’s like last year when the Royals fans booed Cano JUST BECAUSE he didn’t pick Billy Butler. And don’t give me any crap about “Well it was in his home ballpark last year.” It’s still idiotic. Attitude of a loser.

    And Pirates fans should be experts on the subject of losing.

    • geoknows - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Royals fans didn’t boo Cano JUST BECAUSE he didn’t pick Butler. They booed Cano because he said he WOULD pick Butler and then didn’t. Entirely different.

    • jpvarah - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      And met fans don’t know what losing is??? Screw you at least the pirates can actually get over .500 at least once in a season

  12. cmdrsmooth - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Pirate fans? Really? That’s maybe 3 people on the entire planet.

    • romandenari - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Up yours idiot.

  13. steelers88 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I have a better idea Pirates fans when the Mets comeback to Pittsburgh we should boo Terry Collins instead of David Wright! That’s if Collins has a job which is a huge if.

  14. jimw81 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    i feel bad for terry for making that statement. pittsburgh is city of bandwagon jumpers. It’s like people showing up to watch the pens when they got crosby.

  15. mdpickles - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Phils fan here. When the Mets come to town, I see little kids in Utley jerseys screaming their love for David Wright. Utley was booed in NY at the ASG, now Wright in Pitt. That’s all you need to know about bandwagon fans.

    • delsj - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      If the Mets were coming to Philly this weekend instead of the other way around, David Wright would probably get more of the same from the Phillies’ fans for not selecting Dom Brown.

  16. jvm127 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    We Pirates fans are re-evaluating our place in the standings. You should do the same as manager of the lowly Mets. Yep it sure is nice to be able to throw “scoreboard” and “look at our record” in someone’s face for the first time in 20+ years!

  17. GH - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Collins needs to toughen up a little bit. If I was at the game I would have booed David Wright too – he picked a friend of his rather than someone more deserving to go to the All-Star game. If he had picked Dom Brown over Alvarez and Cuddyer in the first place it probably wouldn’t have been a big deal. Glad Alvarez got the nod but I would have booed all the same to express my displeasure.

    With that being said, the reason Collins’ comments bother me is that he’s saying that those boos were stretching farther than just the ire over the HR Derby selection. I have absolutely nothing but respect for David Wright and think he’s a fantastic ball player. I won’t carry a grudge and be booing him the next time he’s in town, but for this three game set I would have.

  18. grant444 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Collins’ teams have finished 25 & 24 games back in their division the last 2 yrs. Seems to me that Collins should worry more about his job than David Wright’s goody-2-shoes reputation.

  19. bobbbd - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I was at the game Friday night in Pittsburgh, and yes I was one of the fans booing. Pittsburgh fans are some of the smartest fans in the country in my opinion. We knew why we were booing him. Not because we have disrespect or anything against Wright ( personally one of my favorite players ) but because he didn’t pick our hometown guy for the homerun derby, who many thought was more deserving than others that Wright selected. So with that being said, shut the hell up Collins you cry baby bitch odds are is you will be jobless by the end of the season anyways.

  20. steelers1981 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Sometimes it’s just fun to boo the competition. It’s all just for fun. No big deal. Grow up. Back in the day we used to love to chant “Darryl” at Strawberry. Why because he was good and we liked to do it. Why does Sidney Crosby get booed everywhere he goes?

  21. jpvarah - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    And met fans don’t know what losing is??? Screw you at least the pirates can actually get over .500 at least once in a season

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