Anthony Rieber has been at Newsday since Aug. 31, 1998 and in his current position since 2004.
In the immediate afterglow of the Mets' 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Blue Jays, Terry Collins was asked repeatedly if he was aware of just how dominant Toronto had been during an 11-game winning streak that ended Monday night at Citi Field.
"I don't care," Collins finally said.
It doesn't stand up there with "Ya Gotta Believe," but maybe "I Don't Care" can be the slogan for the first-place, never-say-die, not-sure-how-they're-doing-it Mets.
The Mets don't care that they were facing a team that had scored eight runs per game during the winning streak.
"I mean, I know they've been winning," Collins said. "I know they've been scoring a lot of runs."
Michael Cuddyer, who scored the tying run on a mad dash from first base with two outs in the 11th on Lucas Duda's dunker to left, said the Mets weren't focusing on ending Toronto's run.
"The confidence is there," Cuddyer said. "I don't think this win tonight throws any more confidence our way. We feel good about our team and where we are. That's a good team over there that's scoring a lot of runs and swinging the bats well."
The Mets could point out they had their own MLB-best 11-game winning streak in April. And unlike the third-place Blue Jays, the Mets rode theirs to first place.
The Mets don't care that closer Jeurys Familia, asked to get another multiple-inning save, blew it when he allowed Jose Bautista's second home run of the game on the first pitch of the ninth inning. The ball landed just fair and just over the wall in left.
Familia has blown two saves this season. The Mets have won both times.
"It's been really big," Collins said. "I haven't reviewed the pitch, but one of the guys came back in the dugout and said he couldn't believe he hit that ball out. It wasn't a bad pitch . . . But we're asking a lot of Jeurys. We've got to calm down the four-out saves, I'll tell you that. We've got to get him back to the one-inning [saves]."
The Mets don't care that rookie Hansel Robles, pitching for the third straight day, allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th on a sacrifice fly. Robles ended up with his first major-league win when Wilmer Flores singled to center to drive in Duda for the shortstop's second walk-off hit of the season.
Collins was happy his exhausted bullpen got through the game before he had to bring in Class A rookie Akeel Morris -- called up earlier in the day when Dillon Gee was designated for assignment -- for his big-league debut. Or maybe a position player after that.
"We were pretty much out of pitching," Collins said.
Collins thought he might have to dip into the bullpen way earlier than he wanted after Noah Syndergaard survived a 32-pitch first inning allowing just one run on Bautista's first home run.
Syndergaard ended up going six and allowing one run while striking out a career-high 11 in his seventh big-league start.
The play of the game was Duda's fly ball to left in the 11th. Haters of extreme shifts will note leftfielder Ezequiel Carrera was playing deep and way over in left-center. If he had been playing normal depth, the Jays would have a 12-game winning streak.
By the time Carrera retrieved the ball, Cuddyer -- who had been running with the 3-and-2, two-out pitch -- was able to steam home without a throw.
"It's not pretty all the time," Cuddyer said. "But you do what you can to get that job done."