From the NY Post
It was like, ‘nooooo, don’t say that’ because I just know how this goes,” Phillips, the former Mets general manager and now SiriusXM analyst, said.
“The baseball gods just have a funny way of just bringing us to our knees. I don’t think him saying that affected the way the team has played, but I think it did affect the expectations that everyone had. Now that it’s not happening the natural inclination is, ‘OK, who are we going to blame for this?’ ”
The answer to that question appears to be Mickey Callaway. The second-year manager has faced the brunt of the job speculation after a disappointing first season and Van Wagenen being the fresh face of the franchise. Van Wagenen did give Callaway a lukewarm endorsement after getting swept by the awful Marlins, and the 24-25 team responded with a four-game sweep against the Nationals.Read more here.
Let's not forget Phillips knows all about things he's not supposed to do.
One time when he was working for the Mets and then with ESPN - NJ.com