Tomas Nido opens up about COVID-19 battle, everything Mets

Mets catcher Tomás Nido takes a break for some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: You go manner again in Puerto Rico with Francisco Lindor. Is he the identical man now as he was as a child?

A: Absolutely.

Q: Give me a enjoyable or shaggy dog story about him.

A: He didn’t know a lot English again on the time. We had gone to Halloween Horror Night. The individuals will come out and scare you. This one time, he was very quiet, didn’t say a lot, and the group we have been with, unexpectedly they scare us, everyone begins operating, and also you see him screaming in English, and he’s like, “My shoe, my shoe!” It was so humorous ‘cause he didn’t communicate a lot English on the time however the truth that he had come out of nowhere talking English yelling that his shoe … someone will need to have stepped on it, he began operating and the shoe stayed again. … Everybody was, “Where did this come from?”

Q: Could you inform again then he was going to be a particular expertise?

A: When I performed towards him earlier than we even knew one another, you noticed him taking part in, you’re like, “Wow this kid is … it’s unbelievable.” He would get on the mound, he would pitch. You might inform he was particular.

Q: Did the strain of residing up to the contract have an effect on Lindor?

A: I’ll inform you this, two months from now or each time, we’re gonna look again at this prefer it by no means occurred. He’s a professional, he’s accomplished it his entire life, I’ve seen him battle earlier than, and I don’t assume a single man on this clubhouse is anxious in any manner, form or type about him. The man can win ballgames even when he’s not hitting. The hitting will come, there’s little doubt about that, no person’s apprehensive about that.

Q: With all of the accidents, what intangible has enabled this group to remain afloat?

A: You stroll into our clubhouse, and each single man, even the fellows which might be injured, it’s nonetheless a household, nonetheless everyone with their head up, no person’s hanging their head low. Everybody’s selecting one another up, understanding the state of affairs and realizing that we are able to’t all attempt to be heroes, we simply should play our half, and to complete the puzzle everyone places their piece in and we’ll come collectively. And as soon as everyone comes again, it’s gonna be run.

Q: What drives you?

A: I need to be the perfect Tomas Nido I may very well be. I need to get the perfect out of me every day. Winning finally drives the bus, so for me, I need to win, I need to compete. It’s a number of enjoyable to be in a giant league stadium on a giant league subject towards the perfect gamers on the earth.

Tomas Nido
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Q: How troublesome bodily and emotionally was your battle with COVID-19 (final August)?

A: Everybody had their very own assumption or thought of how unhealthy it may very well be, so once I first advised my household, they have been scared. I used to be attempting to take it in the future at a time, and as soon as the signs kinda calmed down a couple of days after, it was extra about staying wholesome and form of recovering, ensuring health-wise I used to be getting again on observe and finally getting again to regular.

Q: What signs did you’ve gotten, and was it scary for you?

A: When I first began feeling it, I used to be kinda panicking slightly bit. … I began coping with signs that evening, it was actually unhealthy, and the cough, the headache; the headache lasted for like eight days, actually unhealthy cough. First evening it was actually powerful, I couldn’t sleep, the physique aches, very sore. … I felt like I had caught two nine-inning video games the identical day. I bear in mind attempting to get out of the mattress, and I’m like, “Wow, I feel like I just got hit by a truck.”

Q: What about your spouse (Danielle) and (7-month-old) daughter (Eleni)?

A: My spouse was pregnant on the time, and she or he had simply flown again to New York, so we weren’t collectively, I used to be in Miami once I acquired it. I wasn’t in a really good lodge, I used to be caught in a type of airport accommodations. It was fairly small. It wasn’t very pleasurable. I used to be there for 10 days, and the worst a part of all of it since I wasn’t allowed to fly, they put me on a bus from Miami to New York, an economic system bus, and we drove from Miami to New York, straight shot. … It was principally a college bus. That was brutal (chuckle).

Q: After all of your years within the minors, what stored you believing, what stored you going? Did you ever assume about quitting?

A: I by no means thought about quitting. I at all times advised my spouse if by 25 I wasn’t in Double-A, I might clearly rethink what I wished to do. At 23 I acquired to the large leagues. It occurred slightly faster than I anticipated. It took me slightly longer to get issues going and kinda get my toes on the bottom, but it surely all labored out.

Q: Your ideas on Steve Cohen?

A: I noticed him in spring coaching one time, mentioned hey. But it’s superior to have someone whose a lifelong fan earlier than clearly proudly owning the group. I feel it’s actually good for us.

Q: Do you want that he’s on Twitter?

A: The fan interplay, that’s superior. The followers at all times need to know what’s occurring, so it’s cool.

Q: If you can hit towards any pitcher in MLB historical past?

A: I feel it might be cool to have confronted Randy Johnson, lefty throwing onerous. I like hitting lefties. Mariano Rivera, that cutter — I imply, I don’t know if I wished to face him, however I feel it might have been cool to say that I did.

Q: If you can choose the mind of any catcher in MLB historical past?

A: I’ve had the possibility to take a seat with Yadier Molina and choose his mind in 2015, and that was considered one of my favourite gamers rising up and I’ve gotten to play towards him now. For me, it was like Christmas, like slightly child, and it was a number of enjoyable.

Q: If you can catch any pitcher in MLB historical past?

A: Tom Seaver … Nolan Ryan … there’s so many. Randy Johnson … you have a look at movies, and it’s unbelievable.

Q: Does Jacob deGrom remind you of Tom Seaver?

A: I feel they’re totally different in their very own issues, however each time he pitched all eyes are on him, and it’s a unique stage.

Q: What makes Jacob deGrom, Jacob deGrom?

A: His want to compete. He desires to beat you in any manner he can, and if he spots a weak point, he desires to beat you ’til there’s no extra. Ultimately, he desires to embarrass you. That’s the form of competitors that you simply need to be on the market with — that want to win is simply not sufficient. If there’s a approach to beat someone, we’re gonna discover it.

Q: What makes Marcus Stroman, Marcus Stroman?

A: He’s a lot enjoyable on the market, and his vitality, his positivity day in, day trip, his work ethic is unbelievable, I like what he says, he says by no means panic, simply handle.

Tomas Nido and Marcus Stroman stroll off the sector collectively.

Q: Taijuan Walker?

A: There’s that ”it” issue that you simply see these guys have, and it’s a number of enjoyable.

Q: David Peterson?

A: All these guys are hungry. No matter what, he’s able to compete. Even when he doesn’t have all his pitches, he battles.

Q: Edwin Diaz?

A: He is aware of what he’s able to, and blocks the skin noise and works on his craft.

Q: A catcher must be a psychologist in a manner, proper?

A: Yeah, I feel (James) McCann and I each have a extremely good relationship with everyone right here, and we keep locked in.

Q: Luis Rojas?

A: He’s knowledgeable. He’s a participant’s supervisor, he understands what we undergo day in, day trip. He’s a pacesetter right here, that’s why we’re so shut collectively and it begins on the high. It wouldn’t be the best way it’s if it wasn’t for him.

Q: Kevin Pillar?

A: He’s been one of many greatest helps for me to mentally keep prepared in no matter function, state of affairs I’m in. He’s a pacesetter on this group, and actually brings up group vitality.

Q: Your confidence on the plate now, on a scale of 1-10?

A: I wouldn’t say like earlier than I didn’t believe. My confidence is at all times at a ten, as a result of on the finish of the day, you may’t go up there pondering that you simply’re lower than anyone else otherwise you’re already gonna be overwhelmed down. So for me, I’m going on the market pondering I’m the perfect, and I do know what I’m able to, and I belief myself and I consider in myself, so yeah, it’s a ten for me.

Q: How a lot did your Lasik surgical procedure earlier than the 2019 season show you how to?

A: It made a giant distinction. Cleared everything up and I didn’t should take care of contact lenses.

Q: Why is McCann in a position to deal with first base?

A: Because catchers can do all of it!

Q: What was your response when the Mets signed him?

A: I used to be truly very comfortable. From Day 1, heard nothing however nice issues, and so they’re all true.

Q: Yoenis Cespedes?

A: When he was on the sector he was unbelievable. He was a showstopper.

Q: What was it like taking part in golf with him?

A: He’s actually good, unbelievable truly.

Q: How about you, are you any good?

A: I’m OK … not higher than (Jeff) McNeil.

Q: Single greatest main league second?

A: I assume I gotta go together with the walk-off residence run I hit at residence.

Tomas Nido celebrates hitting a two-run homer.
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Q: Single worst main league second?

A: Honestly, being within the massive leagues I don’t assume there’s ever a nasty second, even within the darkest days, you’re nonetheless within the massive leagues. Probably you’re residing someone’s dream.

Q: Worst minor league bus trip?

A: It was Low-A. It was both a seven- or 10-hour bus trip, and we left that evening and we acquired there most likely near morning time. I bear in mind vividly attending to the lodge and the solar coming up, and I’m like, “Are you kidding me? I gotta go take a nap now and then I’m going to the field.” And fortunately, that day acquired rained out. The entire journey was unhealthy as a result of the subsequent day we ended up taking part in a doubleheader, the primary recreation we performed within the rain and the second recreation we began very near midnight.

Q: Were you in a position to sleep on the bus?

A: If I did, it was most likely half-hour. It’s very onerous for me to sleep on the bus.

Q: Your on-field mentality?

A: Just trusting all of the preparation, and I simply keep targeted and have enjoyable.

Q: Do you want taking part in on this market?

A: Absolutely. New York’s the perfect place to be at. Winning right here’s the perfect. Obviously they anticipate us to be good and to win and it’s comprehensible.

Q: Athletes in different sports activities you admire?

A: I like to observe Tom Brady play, now Pat Mahomes … Steph Curry.

Q: How has fatherhood modified you?

A: It’s made me extra accountable to my preparation, and simply my drive, my starvation to clearly present for my household and clearly give them the life I need to give them.

Q: Describe your daughter’s character.

A: She’s very energetic. She’s at all times energetic, shifting round, smiling, laughing. … They say that she’s acquired my character. It’s gonna be bother as soon as she begins with the ability to stroll.

Q: Three dinner visitors?

A: My dad Tomás, who handed once I was younger, my Uncle Enrique and my grandfather Enrique, who’re each not with us.

Q: Favorite meal?

A: Rice and beans with filet mignon, made by mom or my spouse.

Q: Your message to Mets followers?

A: We need to win, everyone right here is invested 100%, and everyone has the identical objective on the finish of the day — to get to the playoffs and the World Series. We simply should be lifelike, that there’s gonna be up and downs, and bear in mind that everyone right here every day is working in direction of being the perfect they may very well be.

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