Mets new manager Luis Rojas was emotional when he addressed his team for the first time in full Tuesday.
Appearing on Tuesday's Mets Hot Stove down in Port St. Lucie, Fla, Rojas discussed how he felt to speaking to what has now become his team, after being a part of the organization for many years.
"Being in the organization so long, 15 years, and growing up here as a coach and becoming the manager as well, I think there's a lot of emotions in the mix. I mean, there's a lot of guys in the room that share some of that history, that journey to get to here,"Rojas said on Mets Hot Stove.
"So it was really special to be in the room talking to the guys and exchanging emotions, you know exchanging our ambitions that we have for the season and what we're going to do in spring training, preparing as we started yesterday, and then taking that into the season and being successful, which is what we want."
After earning the manager position this offseason after the Mets and Carlos Beltran parted ways, Rojas will lead a team for the first time in his career, and there's no place harder to start than in New York City.
Rojas gave his thoughts on what he expects it to be like managing a professional sports team in the Big Apple.
"I'm going to enjoy every moment of it," Rojas said. "I know there will be challenges. I think there's challenges in a 162-game calendar in baseball, there's always challenges, you're going to see some things. and I'm confident that I'm prepared to go through it and be accountable for the guys, be accountable with the media, be accountable for our great fan base which is very passionate."
At just 38-years-old, Rojas is the second youngest coach in MLB, and is not too many years older than some of his veteran players.
Having essentially grown up within this organization and knowing most of the guys before this season, Rojas sees his age as an advantage when it comes to having some potentially difficult conversations with players throughout the year.
"It helps knowing each other," Rojas said. "I know the group, they know me back. There's also some guys that are new faces to us...but they see me as their manager and they see me as a team member. We have a great family there and there's always going to be open communication -- we've already established that."
"So it's something that I'm pretty confident is going to go through easy, and our level of communication is going to be high as well."