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Addison Reed

Collins' lament: 'I let my heart get in the way of my gut'

Terry Collins knew what he wanted to do. And he didn't do it.

The Mets manager decided to pull Matt Harvey with a 2-0 lead after eight innings, with New York three outs from a victory that would force the World Series back to Kansas City. Closer Jeurys Familia was coming in.

Harvey argued. Collins gave in.

"Obviously I let my heart get in the way of my gut," Collins said early Monday after a crushing season-ending, 12-inning 7-2 defeat. "I love my players. And I trust them. And so I said, 'Go get 'em out.'"

It wasn't to be, and now Collins will spend the rest of the offseason, perhaps the rest of his life, getting second guessed.