For the first time since 1987, a New York Mets manager was awarded the managing duties for the National League in the All-Star Game. Multiple reports swirled around prior to the Game regarding who Terry Collins will choose to start the game for the NL in place of injured Clayton Kershaw.
His own ace, Noah Syndergaard, was in discussion for the role but was scratched from the game with a dead arm. Another injury to Yoenis Cespedes left the Mets with only two available players on the NL roster: 43-year-old fan-favorite Bartolo Colon, and closer Jeurys Familia.
Collins expressed how important he thought it was to have every team be represented by at least one player during the game. So it came as a surprise to many when not one Met was given playing time. In Familia’s case, Collins did say that he only planned to use his closer in a save situation.
The American League came away with the 4-2 win.
Fans took to social media, as always, to express their thoughts on Collins’ decision not to pitch either Colon or Familia:
Terry Collins is a ? for not letting a single met play— Jack Fitzgerald (@jackfitzgerald_) July 13, 2016
Terry Collins over works his pitchers in real games and underworks them in fake ones and sucks no matter what. Did I get that right?— Jerry Beach (@JerryBeach73) July 13, 2016
What I don't get is that Terry Collins was the manager for the NL team and didn't even put his players in pic.twitter.com/ls8f5miBou— mb (@mb_wp_photos) July 13, 2016
(Great meme that is all too… Met-like)
While many grilled the manager for not doing the one thing that most Mets fans wanted, others applauded Collins for giving his players the much needed rest.
Thank you Terry Collins for not wasting a single Met in the All Star game. Best managerial move you've made all season.— Charlie Ryczek (@riceczek) July 13, 2016
(Gotta love back-handed compliments)
It's a very rough time to be Terry Collins right now, but perhaps criticism of his decision not to play Mets players in #ASG is too much.— Dan Serafin (@DanSerafin) July 13, 2016
Why is everyone hating on Terry Collins for not playing any Met? No close situation, Cespedes and Syndergaard hurt, and Bartolo is 43…— Justin Diamond (@jdred311) July 13, 2016
And this guy just did not even notice a thing…
Didn't even realize that Terry Collins didn't even play any of his Mets players.— C H A R i S M A (@crazycharisma) July 13, 2016
The noise around Collins did not stop there. In a press conference following the game, Collins had some choice words regarding Eric Hosmer’s MVP performance. “I’m tired of seeing (expletive) Eric Hosmer getting a big hit. (Expletive) sick of it,” Collins so elegantly said.
Much like his decision not to play any Mets in the game, these comments stirred all types of comments on Twitter:
Lol at Terry Collins for hating on Hosmer for being great. #Yals— Beau Lawrence (@Beauknows24) July 14, 2016
Terry Collins, if you are sick of seeing Eric Hosmer get big hits, you might want to close your eyes the next time he is up. #kcroyalsasg— Terry Farmer (@kcwildcatcoachT) July 14, 2016
I think it's safe to say that Terry Collins hates Eric Hosmer. pic.twitter.com/S6xRTUsJgO— Bryce Wood (@woodymlb4) July 13, 2016
(You simply cannot mock somebody on social media without using the crying Jordan face.)
The New York Daily News — as one would expect — joined in one the Hosmer/Collins banter:
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