PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- 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.
"You can't beat it. I was telling the other coaches of this isn't why we do what we do I don't know what is," Collins said.
Of all the things Collins witnessed during Day 1 of pitchers and catchers, what most impressed him was the performance of Noah Syndergaard. One of the Mets' top pitching prospects who has a chance to reach the majors this season.
"He has great stuff. Let's face it. Really great stuff," Collins said.
"I'm just going to come in and try and make the team, but if I don't, I'll wait for my time to come," 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. There is also a pair if new outfielders, Chris young and former Yankee Curtis Granderson.
"It's almost like the first day of school. There are guys I know and then there are guys I know of and have to try and meet," Granderson said.