Amed Rosario has known Luis Rojas since the Mets shortstop debuted as a professional in 2013, but their relationship grew even stronger in 2015, when Rojas served as manager in Port St. Lucie as Rosario began his rise through the team's farm system.
With the two reunited in Queens five years later, Rosario is thrilled to have Rojas as his skipper once again.
"I'm really excited to have him as my manager because I think about the memories I had with him in the minors," Rosario said through a translator at Mets Fan Fest on Saturday.
Rosario played 169 games in Port St. Lucie under Rojas between 2015 and 2016, and while some have described Rojas as calm, cool and collected, the 24-year-old has seen a different side of the new Mets manager.
"We've always seen him with emotions," Rosario said. "But he's a great person and I think he's the right fit as a manager."
Rosario is just one of many Mets with familiarity with Rojas, who has been with the Mets organization since 2007. Following his time in Port. St. Lucie, he managed at Double-A Binghamton in 2017 and 2018 before serving as quality control coach last season.
That comfort level is something that Rosario thinks will serve the first-time manager well.
"That's what we need right now," Rosario said. "Sometimes in tough times you need someone to support you, and that's what he is for us."