Mets 1B Dominic Smith's catch on Saturday night against the Reds impressed manager Terry Collins.
On the play, Smith ran to make a play against the wall in foul territory by first base to catch a foul pop-up.
Collins said that type of play "resonates" with what Collins wants the Mets' mindset to be.
"The catch he made resonates that," Collins told Fred Kerber of the NY Post. "Tough play against the wall. Didn't shy away from anything. When you see that kind of energy, that kind of effort, you say, 'Look, he's playing the game the way it's supposed to be played. We have been eliminated, [but] they're not backing down. That's what we're asking them to do, to continue to play the game the right way. Dom's doing that."
Smith told Kerber he's been "doing stuff like that" his entire career.
"It's not always about going 4-for-4 or four home runs," Smith said. "It's the little things that matter. The young guys, we're up here trying to learn. We're pulling for each other and we're trying to play for each other," Smith said. "It's about playing selfless. We play for each other, we play for the guy next to us. We're going to scrap away and chip away and play the game hard."
The 22-year-old Smith is hitting just .210 with a .257 OBP and .390 SLG with five home runs and four doubles in 30 games (105 at-bats) since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.
However, in 10 games in September (38 at-bats), Smith is hitting .289/.357/.526 with two home runs and three doubles.