Mets GM Omar Minaya was the featured speaker and the announcement of the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game coming to Buffalo was the key nugget of news, but Terry Collins stole the show at the Bisons Winter Hot Stove Luncheon.
The Mets' new minor-league field coordinator is a beloved figure here. A member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame who managed the Herd to 246 wins from 1989-1991, Collins is no-nonsense guy. He would have never tolerated the shenanigans that went on here last season. Check out what he said Friday before a packed ballroom in the Adam's Mark.
"I know you had a tough year here last year. That's over. It's gone. There's nothing we can do about it," Collins said. "We're going to to move forward. But I will promise you: There is change coming. It's going to get better. My love for this town and this team, I will not stand for going through the season we had last year.
"I've always said the one thing we want to have happen is when you leave the ballpark, we want you to come back because we've played the game correctly. We may not win all the games but we're going to play the game right. We're going to play the game wtih some fun and passion and the way the game should be played here in Buffalo."
Applause interrupted Collins' remarks at one point. You can hear them in their entirety by clicking the box below.
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