Mets vow never to repeat their most humiliating mistake

PHILADELPHIA – Mickey Callaway woke up Thursday morning without a game to prepare for, a day off that let Wednesday’s lineup snafu in Cincinnati linger a little longer. But life did, in fact, go on.

“I was surprised when the sun came up [Thursday]. I wasn’t quite sure it was going to,” the Mets manager said Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. “That was tough. Obviously the day off was a day off. I always want to be at the field playing, so I probably would have rather to get back on the horse and played a game.”

A new lineup was posted inside the Mets clubhouse Friday and a new protocol to go with it. Forty-eight hours after the Mets had batted out of order in the first inning against the Reds because of an “administrative error” — the official lineup card given to the home plate umpire was different from the one in the dugout — the staff tinkered with its procedure of putting out the starting nine.

“We made a little bit of an adjustment,” Callaway said. “We met for about 35-40 minutes in here today just to make sure we’re on top of things in the future.”

Callaway declined to divulge the specific details of how they changed their protocol but said there were “quite a few things” they addressed.

After the 2-1 loss in Cincinnati — the Mets’ eighth loss in nine games — Callaway called his team together for a meeting to take the blame.

“I told them I messed up big time and that we would do a better job moving forward,” he said.

Veteran infielder Jose Reyes said he appreciated Callaway addressing it right away and that they’re all on the same page moving forward.

“We got his back, and he got our backs, too,” Reyes said. “We’re in the same boat together, no matter what.”

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