April 12, 2012 12:00 AM
" Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the first game in the history of the New York Mets.
The team that played that game was made up of has-beens, never-weres, never-will-bes and their only saving grace was a manager in Casey Stengel who could make you laugh just long enough to forget the atrocities happening on the field on a daily basis.
Terry Collins isn't Casey Stengel, so he couldn't come up with a couple of good quips to take away the pain involved in watching his team do a Vegas-level impersonation of that 1962 team against the Nationals. All he could do was let his anger bubble to the surface during an argument over the inexplicable strike zone of umpire Larry Vanover and get himself ejected so he didn't have to watch the rest of the 4-0 loss.
It was a great act of kindness from Collins, whose sense of decency forced him from the dugout when Vanover rang up Jason Bay on a pitch that was clearly outside "
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