Collins affirms his respect for Mets fans

ST. LOUIS -- Mets manager Terry Collins said he regretted his Tuesday comments regarding Jordany Valdespin, particularly his admonition that he does not "answer to fans."

"Of course I regret the choice of words," Collins said Wednesday. "I certainly respect the New York fans. They're the most knowledgeable fans I've ever been around. They know the game. They know the people.

"You know, I'm a human being. I used a bad choice of words. But I'm also frustrated. Here we are -- we're scuffling, scuffling. There's one topic to talk about. And I understand that we're not playing good, so that's the story. I'm aware of that. And I'm tired of talking about it. I want to talk about getting better. So that was my fault -- nobody else's fault. I wasn't baited into anything. Once again, I want our fans to understand that I'm working my butt off to get better. Period."

To do that, Collins vowed to remain upbeat, which he admittedly did not do during previous managerial stops in Houston and Anaheim.

"Years ago I let it get to me, because I thought it was a direct reflection of the job I was doing," Collins said. "Right now, I know they've got to play and they've got to be ready. My job is to make sure they stay ready. And the one way to do that is to keep them positive."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.