The Mets' pitchers and catchers took the field in Florida Monday for the official beginning of spring training. NY1's Kevin Garrity filed the following report.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - You would be hard pressed to wipe the smile off the face of Terry Collins right now. The weather in Florida is ideal, his team has a perfect 0-0 record, and a new contract has him exactly where he wants to be: managing the Mets for at least another few years.
"How can you beat it?" Collins said. "I was walking around telling the coaches today, 'If this isn't why we do what we do, nothing is.' You got a beautiful day, you got a great turnout of the fans, number one. I don't blame them for wanting to get out of the north with what they've had to deal with this winter. And everything's bright, everybody's tied for first today."
Of all the things Collins witnessed during day 1 of pitchers and catchers, what impressed him most was the performance of Noah Syndergaard, one of the Mets' top pitching prospects who has a chance to reach the majors this season.
"Pretty good. Pretty good stuff. Great stuff. I mean, let's face it. Great stuff," Collins said.
"My mindset is just, do what I do and do the best I can to the fullest ability, and I'm going to go out there and try and make the team, and if not, I know there's a bigger picture involved, and that when my times comes, I'll be ready," Syndergaard said.
There are a lot of new faces in Mets camp this year, including Bartolo Colon, who went 18-6 for Oakland last year, and a pair of new outfielders, Chris Young and former Yankee Curtis Granderson.
"It's almost like the first day of school because there's so many guys that I know of but don't personally know. Then there's obviously some guys I've never met, so coming in, how's the clubhouse going to be, how's the vibe going to be," Granderson said. "It's spring training. Everybody's excited, everybody's looking forward to this season, so that makes the transition easy and seamless."
The temperature peaked at 78 in Florida on Monday, perfect workout weather for the players, and the Mets are hoping for more cooperation from Mother Nature in the next few weeks as they get ready for their first exhibition game on February 28.