The Mets received their National League championship rings on Thursday in a low-key private ceremony attended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I think it was a good time to reflect on last year,” righthander Jacob deGrom said. “But then you realize we fell a little short of our goal, so it makes us want it even more.”
The nature of the ceremony seemed to reflect that message. The Royals made a public event of their ring ceremony. Of course, they won the World Series and the Mets did not.
“It gives you a motivation,” captain David Wright said. “A second-place ring, that’s not what anybody in here wants. You want a first-place ring.”
Still, the ceremony was important enough for the Mets to invite Michael Cuddyer, who retired at season’s end. Cuddyer took a break from coaching his 7-year-old son’s Little League team to collect his hardware.
The Mets also brought pitchers Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin up from the team’s complex in Florida, where they are continuing their rehab from Tommy John surgery.
“Guys were excited to get the rings,” manager Terry Collins said. “That’s what you play for. I know these guys are getting paid and they’re getting paid a lot of money. But when you can win a ring, that means it’s extra-special.”
Lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo did not warm up during the Mets’ two-game series against the Royals. In the second game of the set, with the Mets hanging on to a 2-0 lead on Tuesday, Bastardo was bypassed for righthander Jim Henderson in the seventh inning.
But Collins said Bastardo is physically fine. “One of the things we wanted to do is we wanted to see Henderson in that situation,” Collins said. “I thought it was an ideal time and the ideal part of the order.”
Bastardo, who struggled in spring training, signed a two-year, $12-million deal during the offseason.
Reliever Hansel Robles has served his two-game suspension and will be available starting on Friday.