Collins said the postgame celebrations are not in any way an attempt by Mejia to show up anyone but admitted that he gets a little "emotional" during his pitches. The comments come after Friday's game when the 24-year-old pitcher -- known for his charismatic pitching style -- did an on-field "catch-and-reel" celebration after he saved the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Nationals.
For now, Collins said not to expect any of the usual postgame celebrations from Mejia.
The Mets are third in the NL East heading into their game against the Nationals at home on Saturday night.
Terry says Mejia will tone down his celebration. He said Jenrry is emotional and pitches that way, he is not trying to show up anyone. — New York Mets (@Mets) September 13, 2014
I'm at mets. Collins told mejia to tone down his celebration. Mejia says okay. Doesn't know if or how he will celebrate anymore. Oh well. — Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) September 13, 2014
Mejia said he didn't intend to do the fisherman's act celebration. "It just came natural." — Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) September 13, 2014
- Marc Weinreich