Prior to the Mets opening their season in Florida today, manager Terry Collins released this disgraceful letter to Met fans. I honestly felt sick to my stomach after reading this garbage! Without further delay, here is the letter and my outlash at Mr. Collins…

Dear Mets Fan:

With our 2011 opener tonight in Florida, I want to make this pledge to Mets fans — our team will play the game the right way.

We will always hustle on the bases, run balls down in the outfield and never take anything for granted, no matter the score of the game.

We had a great Spring Training. From Day 1 my message has been look ahead, not backward, and not to worry about what the people outside the clubhouse are saying. If we pitch and play defense like I know we can, we will surprise a lot of people, a lot of people.

I stack our lineup against anyone else’s in the league. Getting Carlos Beltran back and hitting cleanup is really big. The way Carlos handled his move to right field was one of the classiest things I have ever seen. Angel Pagan is coming off a great season. While we had a little setback this week with Jason Bay — who was swinging the bat well — going on the disabled list, he shouldn’t be out too long. We believe with the three of them on the field, we have one of the top outfields in baseball.

Our infield is anchored by the two All-Stars on the left side: David Wright at third and Jose Reyes at short. I think David will add on to his numbers from last year and Jose is ready to have a tremendous season. He is one of the most dynamic players in the game. Ike Davis will continue to develop at first base and Josh Thole is one of the fine young catchers in the game. Brad Emaus, a Rule 5 pick, got better and better as the spring went on and won the second base job.

On the mound, sure, we are going to miss Johan Santana until he comes back, hopefully in mid-year. But this spring, I think we established a solid rotation with Mike Pelfrey, followed by R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese. Chris Young and Chris Capuano proved that they are healthy, and they really strengthen us on the back end.

We remade our bullpen and we think we have quality arms who throw strikes to get to closer Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod has just had a fantastic spring and I never have seen him throwing better. People like Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholz, Blaine Boyer, Tim Byrdak and Pedro Beato — another Rule 5 selection who is from Queens — will give us a solid ‘pen.

I believe we have fortified our bench with the additions of Scott Hairston, Willie Harris, Ronny Paulino (who will begin the year on the disabled list) and Chin-lung Hu, along with Daniel Murphy.

It’s been 12 years since I have started a season as a Major League manager. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be leading the New York Mets and am very excited about the season ahead.

Thanks for your support and see you at Citi Field.


Terry Collins

Now, this letter would have nice for a Little League team. MAYBE even a high school team that has fallen on hard times. But a professional baseball team playing in a city that lives and dies with every swing of the bat? A city where Tom Seaver, Gary Carter, Mike Piazza, and Keith Hernandez once donned the Met uniform. This letter just screams ‘Please watch us this season. Please don’t let gate revenues fall by another 25%! The fans already know the Mets have talent on their roster. The fans know the Mets don’t have the pitching though. The fans know Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will likely be gone by August.

What Mr. Collins is failing to realize is, the Met fan has listened to all of this talk all off-season long. Talk about Madoff, the ownership, injuries, etc. The Met fan wants to SEE results, not read or hear about this stuff anymore!

If you try to argue that this letter isn’t a disgrace, think about other teams that have fallen on hard times. Are the Pirates writing these letters? What about the Royals? From ownership on down, the Mets are just a big time disgrace to the great city of New York.