Regardless of what happens for the remainder of the 2011 season, Mets manager Terry Collins deserves a country named after him for the job he's done with the team he inherited.
Unfortunately, it's not all that likely Collins receives a country in his honor. Instead, the Mets and their fans will be hoping that Collins' miracle work will be recognized by the Baseball Writers of America, resulting in the National League Manager of the Year award for their skipper.
First off, let's face the obvious facts. The Mets are overachieving. Given the injuries they've endured and the patchwork roster that's been put together to mask the Minaya administration's deficiencies, they have no right to be sitting just a game under the .500 mark.
Just like the Mighty Ducks had no business beating Iceland, the Mets too are out of their element, currently sitting in third place in the NL East.
Heck, sometimes I even get confused as to whether that's Gordon Bombay or Terry Collins perched at the top step of the Mets' dugout every night.
Maybe we should start calling Terry Collins the "Queens Miracle Man."
Well, Why not? Look at the job he's done.
He kept the team afloat through all of the off-field distractions surrounding the Wilpon's financial woes, Francisco Rodriguez's bonus drama and Carlos Beltran's inevitable trade rumors and the resulting transaction.
He's also kept this team positive at times when they easily could have rolled over and called it quits. How about when David Wright missed nearly two months or when Jose Reyes took his annual trip to the disabled list?
What about the time when Collins had to navigate through almost an entire season without his power-hitting first baseman and his ace pitcher?
Nevermind the underachievement of his former all-star left fielder; he deserves a doctorate for the way he's put up with that mess.
When looking at the facts, it's truly a no-brainer that Terry Collins deserves the NL Manager of the Year Award. However, these next two months will be trying times for the skipper.
The Mets lost Daniel Murphy to a season ending knee injury yesterday, and Jose Reyes' tight hamstring may result in a subsequent cameo on the disabled list. These injuries in addition to the Mets falling out of playoff contention may finally prove to be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
Terry Collins will be faced with a tough task in getting his team to stay positive and play out the string of the season with grit and heart. But that's the type of challenge you relish when you're in the conversation for a Manager of the Year award.
It'll be a sink or swim month for the New York Mets, as well as Terry Collins' legacy in 2011.
Hey, maybe the Queens Miracle Man ought to deliver a "Mets fly together speech."
"David Wright, Norfolk, Virginia."
"Justin Turner, Long Beach, California."
"And I'm Terry Collins, Midland, Michigan."