Trap game?; Murph 'stache; chicken doll

June, 25, 2012
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Getty ImagesLittle Jerry Seinfield (pictured with Tim Byrdak) has been replaced by a doll bearing the bird's likeness.
CHICAGO -- Terry Collins said he is concerned about a letdown in the opener against the woeful Cubs, who enter the series at 24-48, including 3-16 against left-handed starters. The Mets did not land in the Windy City until 5:10 a.m. ET after playing on Sunday night, then getting delayed while trying to leave New York.

"Right now we have to focus on the job at hand, and that's not to have a letdown after all this," Collins said. "I'm really concerned about tonight because of the weekend series -- all the hoopla, all the excitement, all the adrenaline, and absolutely a brutal trip in here last night. Those guys, I'm sure, are absolutely out of gas today. We're going to see if we can rise the energy up a little bit.

"We sat 45 minutes at the airport, couldn't get to the plane. ... That's a long day."

Daniel Murphy's '70s style mustache did not make the road trip.

Tim Byrdak had a replacement for Little Jerry Seinfeld in his locker Monday at Wrigley Field. Byrdak had a stuffed chicken doll that plays "The Chicken Dance."

Said Collins: "He tried to make it hilarious, add some humor to it, to kind of back off the damage that the statement made. It's all over the country now."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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