WASHINGTON -- The Mets made their annual team visit Wednesday to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., meeting with veterans, signing autographs and listening to their stories.
"It's a reality check," manager Terry Collins said. "Last night, that loss [Tuesday's 7-6 defeat to the Nationals] wasn't quite as tough when you see some of the losses we saw today. It's one of those days that, it's almost enjoyable to go just to listen to those guys. They want to talk about what they're going through. They want to talk about things that they've experienced. They're huge fans, for the most part. I think they really respect the fact that the players took some time out of their schedules to come out and see these guys. You leave there with a different perspective.
"We have no concept of what these guys have to deal with -- none. We don't have any idea how you perform under those types of circumstances. And they have to, or they die."