TERRY COLLINS: Absolutely. Absolutely. Tremendous year. I just told the players, I've done this for a long, long time and this is the most fun I've ever had in all the years. Tremendous season, all we had to deal with, but tremendous guys to be around, great experience. I'm very, very proud of them. You guys know last March or last June no one would ever have said we were going to be sitting where we are today.
I congratulate the Royals. They played absolutely great. Ned's done a tremendous job. He deserves a lot of credit. They've done a great job in their organization. We couldn't get it done, and we're hoping to get another chance at it.
Q. Two things on the decision in the 9th: Was the crowd any factor, like, if you don't send Harvey out, you're going to drain some of the life and energy out of the ballpark?
TERRY COLLINS: Just to answer that part of the question, I try not to let the crowd influence me. What I want is the players. When you looked in this kid's eyes, when he came off that inning, and I mean, he's been through a tough summer. He's been beaten down, and I just trusted him. I said, "You got it. You've earned this. So go get 'em." So it's my fault. It's not his. That's who he is.
I know better than that. I know that he wants the ball. He never wants to come out, and he was pitching good. He was throwing the ball great. We got in the spot where we wanted to get to, and we talked about it all day yesterday and all day today. This was my fault.
Q. After scouting guys like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas how hard is it a guy Christian Colon, who hasn't had a single at-bat in the postseason, comes up with a huge hit like that?
TERRY COLLINS: Well, I will tell you, you know, the one thing -- somebody's got to come through. And you'd almost get yourself in a situation where, hey, look, if you're going to face somebody, that's the guy you want to face, somebody that hasn't played much. It doesn't make you feel any better if Eric Hosmer gets the hit, because he's one of the best players in baseball. It is what it is.
Again, we just didn't do much offensively. So had we been able to do a little bit more, we wouldn't have had to get to that point.
Q. On the defensive side of the ball, was it their pressure, the way they played the game put more pressure on your defense and some of the defensive mistakes you made?
TERRY COLLINS: In the Big Leagues, I think at the Major League level you certainly shouldn't be intimidated by the fact that they have speed. We know that. We've played teams that have speed before. But the game speeds up and they are certainly very dangerous. You've got to be cautious of them.
Does it wear on the pitcher every a little bit? It might. Knowing you've got Dyson sitting at second base. You're waiting for him to go to third. Does it take your concentration off the hitter a little bit? Maybe. It shouldn't, but human nature says it could.
But, again, we should have not been in those situations. We should have gotten some runs earlier.
Q. What about the Duda throw?
TERRY COLLINS: A good throw he's out. Luke's got a great arm, and threw the ball wide.
Q. You guys got beat in five games, but two of these games you had. Does that make it hurt a little bit more, a little more regret when you think about the position you guys are in? Being beaten five games doesn't tell the story of how you guys played here.
TERRY COLLINS: Again, that's why it's baseball. That's why you've got to play nine innings. You say you had them, you never have them until the 27th out is made. We played very well. We pitched very well.
Yeah, we're real disappointed. I know where Ned came from when he talked about how he felt last year, and that's the way we feel right now. I told the guys, this is the time to enjoy it and be proud of your accomplishments. But when you get beat at the end of the season, it's not fun.
Q. I was going to ask that, what did you say to your team just now?
TERRY COLLINS: Well, you know, again, that stuff stays in the clubhouse. It's the same stuff you would say to them. How proud you are they played the way they did. The things they accomplished. I went around the room and I told every single guy. There's not -- Matt Reynolds might be the exception, but everyone in that room had a piece of it. Be it a pitcher or a big hit or something else, every single guy accumulated something that got us to this point.
So they should all be happy. They need to hold their heads up. There's two teams left, and we were very proud we were one of them.
Q. On the situation with Cespedes fouling the ball off his knee, what went into that discussion? Were you surprised that he came out kind of limping like he did out of the box there?
TERRY COLLINS: Well, again, I mean, I hate to tell you, I've done that before. I didn't hit it as hard as he does. In that particular situation to pinch-hit somebody right there, with counts 0-2, it's a tough spot against Herrera. He said he was okay, thought he could hit, and at least he had a little feel for the game. We are just looking for a sac fly there, anyway.
When he popped up, I know he was done when he came out of the batter's box. I thought if we could get us a sac fly and get a run it would help. But fortunately Lucas picked us up.
Q. With so many guys playing more games and innings than they ever have, what have you learned about your group this year?
TERRY COLLINS: Well, again, I congratulate the coaching staff on the job they did, because they kept these guys healthy and they kept them strong. I think the one thing we need to concern ourselves with is how they're going to be in Spring Training. This is going to be a short offseason for a lot of them. Just as you said, they pitched more innings than they ever have. So my concern is what they're going to be like when they show up at Spring Training. When are those arms going to bounce back?
But those are all things we'll find out as the future comes. I tell you one thing, they learned one thing: They learned how to get through this. They learned how to get through a long season. They learned what it's like to play in October, and they're going to be a lot better because of this experience.
Q. As you know sometimes good coaching and managing is listening to your best players. One of your best players says he needs to be out there, and 48,000 people chanting for that, what outside of the result tells you that was a mistake or is it just the result?
TERRY COLLINS: Sometimes you let your heart dictate your mind. Again, we had said going in if Matt gave us seven, Jeurys was going to pitch two. I've got one of the best closers in the game. I got him in the game, but it was a little late. And that's inexcusable, for me.
Matt will tell you different because he's a tremendous human being. He's going to say how he wanted to be out there and should be out there. Dan said the same thing. He's throwing the ball great. But if you put Jeurys in, he would've gave up the two runs, "Well, you should've left Harvey." I know how it goes.
I won't be sleeping much the next couple of days, I'll tell you that.