PORT ST. LUCIE — “What I like the most is the camaraderie, the teamwork. I said it here, it hasn’t been easy. We have guys everywhere at the facility. This is a pretty big facility, having all the fields and the two buildings and different things like that. You see everyone relating really well, coaching each other, helping each other out.” — Luis Rojas, March 7, 2021.
“I think we kept that vibe throughout the pandemic. The same camaraderie that we had in the first camp, it’s going on right now.” — Rojas, July 14, 2020.
Yes, the Mets’ second-year manager prioritizes camaraderie, and these dual quotes are not presented to belittle either Rojas or the concept of camaraderie. You want it, and from what can be witnessed and gathered in this COVID era of media access (the lack thereof, to be more precise), the Mets have it. Connectivity with his players has been a Rojas strength since his first day on the job.
No, consider this a friendly reminder that, while you strive for a peaceful, successful camp, it carries only so much weight into the regular season. On the bright side? Camaraderie can both contribute to and feed off wins, and wins…