“Dear Kate,” Collins writes in the letter. “Just got a note about the passing of your husband last fall. Sorry to be so late but mail moves slowly here. I know Pete was a big Mets fan and will be missed. Hopefully this finds you doing well and looking forward. My condolences, and if I can help in any way, let me know.”
Collins joins a long list of superstar athletes and coaches — such as Tiger Woods, Roy Williams, Peyton Manning and Chuck Pagano, among others — who have used the power of the written word to lift the spirits of fans going through some kind of crisis. But the stories never get old.
Collins and the Mets sit at 52-49, two-and-a-half games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East and four games back in the Wild Card race. Maybe the skipper’s act of kindness will deliver some positive mojo for the Mets down the stretch.