Terry Collins believes that the Mets can win the World Series in 2016.
"We can do this,'' Terry Collins told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "We're not changing it up much, but we've got to run the bases this much better, we have to strike out this much less, play a little more defense in the World Series. You got to have those expectations. If you are afraid of it, you are in the wrong sport. You talk about goals in baseball, there is no bigger goal, and until you get to the World Series, you don't really understand how much fun it is.''
Collins said the Mets can learn a lot from the team they lost to in the World Series, the Royals, who lost to the Giants in the 2014 World Series and committed to getting back and winning the next season.
"We have to get over the hump and we have the team to do it," he told Kernan. "We have to take a look at Kansas City and learn something. They made it a point, 'We're going to go back and we're going to get this done.' That was their mantra the entire year. We have to have a similar one.''
This is great to hear. It would be so easy for Collins, at 66-years-old, to be only grateful for what he and his team accomplished and leave it at that. Instead, the pain of losing in the World Series outweighs the pride of getting there. I'm glad to hear this will be his pitch to the team in Spring Training. Mantra is about repeatedly telling yourself what you are, not what you aren't and want to be. Collins has it right. His team's mantra is that they have the talent to get back to the World Series and, this year, win.
I expect to see an intense and focused Spring Training. The time for try-outs and creating culture is over. The time for aspiring just to contend for the postseason is over. Instead, finally, the goal is to win a World Series... and it's about time.