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Ed Coleman's Notes From Spring: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly From Mets Camp

Ed Coleman
February 17, 2020 - 4:22 pm
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WCBS 880) — The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Sometimes you can tell a lot about people from first encounters.  Like the first time they meet the media when arriving at spring training.  Let's take three examples from three Mets arriving Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Saturday, reigning N.L. Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso made his arrival in Port St. Lucie. Last year at this time, Alonso's status to even make the team was up in the air, and Pete spoke about the difference this year and what it meant to him. "Last year there was a lot of uncertainty," said Alonso, "and a lot of things were clarified not just in spring training but throughout the 2019 season. It's really cool to figure out that what I've been doing, it works. I'm really happy with the position I've put myself in and I'm so excited and motivated to keep pushing and see what else is possible."  

When Alonso was asked if he can improve on a 53 HR, 120 RBI season. he stated "I want to focus on the little things because If I'm focused on being as disciplined as possible within my routine, then all the results will follow up with a good year. I want to get better, I don't want to feel complacent or comfortable."  

Alonso's goal is to play through October and win the last game of the year.  

"And I know other people in that locker room do too," said Pete.  "It starts with a collective belief, not just in ourselves, but each other.  Last year's second half just showed how much character we had."  Well thought out. Congenial. Sincere. Not bad for a 25 year old.

Sunday saw Jed Lowrie roll into camp, sporting a brace that rose well above a balky left knee and ran all the way down to his ankle. Something like that is hard to miss and obviously drew the attention of inquiring media minds, so what's up with the brace, Jed?  

"It's just a brace that alleviates my symptoms and makes me feel like myself," said Lowrie.  When asked several times what the symptoms were, Lowrie replied "Like I said, I don't want to get into the specifics of symptoms."  

OK then, how does the brace help?  

"Like I said, the brace makes me feel like myself. I'm just going to take this day by day and do everything I can to be around the guys. It's always kind of a fluid situation anyway, and as of now we're just building up with that intent." Well gee, that makes everything perfectly clear now, doesn't it? No more questions, your honor. Confusing. Ambiguous. Annoying.

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Then Monday, Yoenis Cespedes joined his teammates for the first full squad workout.  

When asked if he had a moment for a few questions from the media, Cespedes' response was "No.  Not today. Not tomorrow. Not at all this year."  

OK, that was concise and definitive at least. When pressed as to why he didn't want to talk, Cespedes said he didn't want to.  

Pressed further as to if he had an obligation to talk, Cespedes reiterated that that would be a" No!"   

When asked whether he would talk to Met fans about how he's feeling, Cespedes left a window cracked open and said "Yeah, maybe." 

Well aren't we and they lucky!  So you're saying there's a chance?  Let us know when you're ready to talk and we'll be sure to pass that on the to the fans. Inadequate. Lame. Disappointing.

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.