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Collins meets Mets media

I was at Citi Field Friday and Saturday for the Mets' first two home games and wrote columns here.

The crowds were pretty respectable both days, thanks for asking. But this week's series against the Rockies figures to be a little grim.

Anyway, it was my first chance to see Terry Collins in action with the big, bad New York media, a matchup that was a subject of concern in some quarters when the intense Collins got the job.

But so far, so good. I spoke to him before his Saturday presser about how the media thing is going.

"Jay [Horwitz] gave me all the direction I needed," Collins said. "He’s been there each and every day.

"What you have to do is you have to budget your time so that you can get your team ready yet make sure the writers and TV people and columnists all have their chance. That’s part of what you do on a daily basis. You come early and make sure you get done what you need to get done and have some time to yourself and time for the players and make sure you have time for the writers.

"But it’s a lot different from anyplace I’ve ever been. The volume is the big difference."

Has the New York press corps been as mean as its reputation?

"Obviously you’re in a market to sell newspapers, and it’s bigger than someplace else. In other markets a lot of times the beat writers, they're very seldom critical because they're with the players every day.

"It’s a little different here. They critique what they see. It’s a little different. But it’s all part of the game. It’s all part of the business. It’s all part of being here in New York.

"I think [the relationship] has been great. I know they have a job to do. I’m well aware of it. I have no problem with what they write. I still have to work with them the next day and still have to answer their questions. I’m never going to be in the doghouse with somebody and say I’m not going to talk to you because I didn’t like what you wrote yesterday.

"As long as the facts are right and it’s their opinion, it’s their opinion. Everyone has to go about their jobs and we have to work together because that’s part of what I think my job is. So each and every day I try to be as up front and honest as I can. Certainly there are times when I have to withhold some information. But they’ve understood so far."

I noticed that Collins frequently uses the question-asker's name when responding to his or her question. "It’s something I’ve done in the past," he said. "Obviously here it's different because there are so many and they are in and out so much. But you try to make sure you know everybody."

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