How a little fun and bravado is transforming the Mets


MIAMI — This is what culture change looks like.

Celebrations on the field and in the clubhouse, late rallies, enthusiasm off the charts, young players pulling for one another, solid pitching and victory.

Brodie Van Wagenen wanted to change the culture and he did for the Mets. It took an offseason of building, some bravado and bringing in the right pieces, a spring to pull it all together and a first week filled with big hits, unselfish play and even a little love.

The Mets have shown to be much more than a fearsome group of starting pitchers the first week of 2019.

Just listen to Dom Smith after the Mets’ most exciting win of the year Monday night that featured a game-tying home run by Juan Lagares, a key pinch hit from Smith that started the ninth-inning four-run rally, a break of a call when Lagares reached first on a hit by pitch after appearing to bunt foul for strike three, and, of course, a bomb, the first major league home run by Pete Alonso, that sealed the Mets 7-3 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

After the celebration shower in the Mets clubhouse for Alonso, Smith put it all in perspective.

“This is fun, I came up with a lot of these guys and we really feed off of each other,’’ Smith told The Post. “It’s a lot different. Brodie started it off at the beginning of the offseason — he was vocal about it. Very aggressive. He put a great group of guys in this locker room and we are not going to give up nothing.’’

These Mets will not roll over. Not givin’ up nothing.