Former Mets manager Terry Collins -- now a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- weighed in Monday on current manager Mickey Callaway's expletive-filled tirade toward reporter Tim Healey that happened Sunday at Wrigley Field.
"I wasn't there so I don't know anything about it," Collins told the New York Daily News. "I just know - times are tough with the way things have been going (for the Mets). But you've got to respect everybody's jobs. That's the way I look at it."
Collins, whose time as manager ended after the 2017 season, would not say whether he believed Callaway deserved to get fired for his recent transgression.
"Again, that's Brodie's decision," Collins said. "I'm going to pretty much divert that stuff to him. I'm not around enough to know what's going on. I don't know what happened, what provoked it. All I can tell you is what I did, and that is you gotta respect the position. You can say what you want about (the media), but you've got to respect the job."
The 70-year-old Collins had his share of ups and downs during his seven-year stint at the helm of the Mets, often getting testy during his pre and postgame media availabilities, but it never reached the point of him being disrespectful.
Meanwhile, Callaway has displayed an at-times stunning lack of awareness when it comes to how to interact with the media -- and that's to say nothing of his poor in-game ability. And then there was Monday, when Callaway botched his apology for Sunday's transgression, leading to a surreal scene at Citizens Bank Park as his failure of leadership was on full display.