Mets to retool and try to emulate Royals' run
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Mets exceeded expectations with their advance to the World Series this season and now hope to emulate their Kansas City conquerors by going one step better next year.
"When I walked in that clubhouse the other night after Game Five and saw the disappointment on their faces I don’t think there’s any question (they would relish the) challenge next year to return," manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday.
"And to use that feeling, that ‘hey look, we don’t want to experience this again’ as a motivational factor when we get to (spring training) camp.”
Collins spoke at a Citi Field news conference alongside general manager Sandy Alderson at which the club formally announced a two-year contract extension for the 66-year-old manager, three days after the end of the series.
"Terry did an extraordinary job this year,” said Alderson. “We expected to have a good season, but you never expect to be in the World Series. I think we have as an organization a lot to be proud of with regard to this year."
The Royals won the best-of-seven for Major League Baseball's championship by 4-1, one year after falling in the Fall Classic in seven games to the San Francisco Giants.
That is no commonplace feat, however, as Kansas City was the first team in 26 years to win the World Series a season after losing in one.
"I think we all realize how difficult it is to get to the World Series," Alderson said. "I give the Royals a tremendous amount of credit for being able to do it. Continued...